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Film: The Garden plus Master Class with Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Sebastopol Center of the Arts
Sebastopol, CA
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Film: The Garden plus Master Class with Scott Hamilton Kennedy
THE GARDEN Sat, July 27 6:30pm
80 mins

Academy Award Nominee
Winner Best Documentary Silverdocs Film Festival

The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States.  Started as a form of healing after the
devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country's most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food.  Feeding
their families.  Creating a community.  

But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.  

The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers:

Why was the land sold to a wealthy developer for millions less than fair-market value? Why was the transaction done in a closed-door session of the LA City Council? Why has
it never been made public?  

And the powers-that-be have the same response: "The garden is wonderful, but there is nothing more we can do."  

If everyone told you nothing more could be done, would you give up?

MASTER CLASS with Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Sunday, July 28 10am to 1pm

A Documentary Master Class with Scott Hamilton Kennedy: From Initial Idea to Oscar Nomination

This DIY documentary master class, taught by Academy Award nominated and internationally acclaimed filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy, will cover the process of independent documentary production from start to finish.

The three-hour class includes detailed discussions of each part of the process: from initial idea, treatment, funding, pitching ideas, shooting and collecting other elements, post-production, and distribution.  All of this while keeping in mind the most important element for any film: story, story, story. Kennedy will relay the importance of testing the story against the necessary elements: conflict, character, and controlling idea to set your story above the crowd.

Gain personal insights from Kennedy's years of experience while getting your own critical questions answered in a lively class that emphasizes audience participation. This class is appropriate for anyone from film students, aspiring or professional filmmakers, to retired film aficionados.

Past attendees deemed Mr. Kennedy not only a talented filmmaker, but also a gifted teacher for his ability to break down the process of documentary filmmaking. No matter what step of the process you are in, Kennedy will show you the steps necessary to find your story, and complete your film.

From his hometown in Los Angeles to cities in Ireland, Indonesia, and Ecuador, and across the U.S., audiences have been thrilled and inspired by Mr. Kennedy's documentary master class.

Scott Hamilton Kennedy Biography
Writer, director, producer Scott Hamilton Kennedy's documentary The Garden, tells the story of the nation's largest community garden, and its complicated struggle for survival. It was nominated for an Academy Award, and won awards and garnered rave reviews around the world. His previous documentary OT: our town, about the first play in 25 years at Dominguez High in Compton, was short listed for an Oscar and received equal critical acclaim. Scott is currently developing several narrative projects, and his latest documentary, Fame High, premiered at the Tribeca International Film Festival.


Sebastopol Center of the Arts (View)
282 S High Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
United States


Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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