Autumn Screenings 2018

From a Sage Fix to Developmental Communalism

KMUD, JohnHardin, SEP 2018

Driving through the heart of NoCal’s Emerald Triangle, even with windows rolled up and AC on, an unmistakable aromatic fragrance fills the car… I’m headed south on the 101 from last night’s screening at Humboldt State to the Redwood Playhouse in Garberville. Thanks to promo help from KMUD DJ John Hardin (listen to his August 28 interview with me), the playhouse fills up nicely as showtime approaches. But the speakers are not producing sound. The sound board sage fix In a last ditch effort, tech guru Dan Miller lights a bundle of sage and waves it beseechingly over the sound board. Miraculously, only a few minutes later, the screening proceeds without a hitch.

Flash forward to early October, deep in western Illinois farm country. Energy-generating windmills tower over fields of recently harvested corn and soybeans. Just west of Kewanee, the Communal Studies Association’s annual conference is being held at Bishop Hill, a well-preserved 19th century Swedish religious commune. Here I have the pleasure of sharing the film with scholars of communes and intentional communities, past and present – anthropologists, historians, political theorists, religious studies scholars – alongside longtime members of communities across the spectrum from The Farm in Tennessee, to the Jesus People USA on the north side of Chicago, to the Amana Colonies in Iowa.

Bishop Hill barnIn the course of two days, these new colleagues give me a new perspective on my own film. CSA founder Don Pitzer finds in Hippie Family Values “a graphic illustration of the developmental process within communal groups that I call ‘developmental communalism’” which he and sixteen other scholars elaborated in the 1997 book America’s Communal Utopias.

America's Communal UtopiasBriefly, in contrast to a simplistic success-failure model for assessing intentional communities, the lens of developmental communalism “examines whole movements and how they change over time, from their idealistic origins to their communal stages, and beyond…The communes of the most vital historic and current movements are creatively engaged in a developmental process that both precedes and may extend well after their communal phase.” Moving into its fifth decade, the Ranch community faces the inevitable challenges posed by the succession of generations.

Tentative list of upcoming screenings

March 9
Darkside Cinema, Corvallis Oregon
April 12
Lawrence, Kansas Public Library
May 15
Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride, Colorado

Stay tuned for more details as dates approach!

Sue Mincks, 1937-2018

Jon, Sue and Callista at Loft Encore Screening, May 2018

Jon, Sue and Callista at Loft Encore Screening, May 2018

Late on July 22, 2018 you may have felt a downshift in the rotation of the earth. That was mother nature trying to compensate for the loss of a prime force, Susana Mary Mincks. Sue was the Director of Fun, an incredible mother, wife and caring companion, beloved grandmother, devoted educator and a bright reassuring matriarch of how love is always the answer. A civil rights and anti-war activist in the 60’s, a pop-culture entrepreneur in the 70’s, a pioneer of Pima County Adult Education in the 80’s, an inspiration in the 90’s and a caregiver who never knew what ‘too much’ meant. She is survived by a family and tribe who can only hope to achieve at least a few of the kind of inspirational relationships which were common-place everyday occurrences for her. It takes a village… or Sue.

August 4, 2018


Bev enjoying a glass of champagne with programmer extraordinaire Steve Weiss at AZ '88 before the Scottsdale screening.

Bev enjoying a glass of champagne with programmer extraordinaire Steve Weiss at AZ ’88 before the Scottsdale screening.

Here’s an update on upcoming screenings. AND I am thrilled to share the news that our film won the Award of Merit for Feature Documentary at the recent University Film & Video Association annual conference in Las Cruces last week!

SEP 1, 7pm
Humboldt State campus, Arcata, CA
SEP 2, 7pm
Redwood Playhouse, Garberville, CA
Communal Studies Association Conference, Bishop’s Hill, IL
Arivaca Film Exhibition, Arivaca, AZ

Other events brewing from Oregon to Kansas to Boston!
If you’d like to help me organize a screening near you, please contact me.

May 8, 2018


Crowded lobby, Hippie Family Values screening April 12, 2018

Our sold out April 12th screening at the Loft left over 100 people waiting at the door (photo shows Loft lobby before April 12th premiere). So we’ve scheduled an encore: Saturday May 26th at 2pm.
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Meanwhile, our Phoenix area premiere is set for Sunday May 27th at 1pm, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
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I’ll be at both events for Q & A!

Please help us get the word out to your friends in the Valley, and to all who missed the Tucson premiere April 12th (or want to watch it again on the big screen!).

Feb 19, 2018

Splendid Premiere!

Bev Seckinger answers questions following screening Hippie Family Values at Santa Fe Film Festival, Feb 11, 2018

We had a fabulous time in Santa Fe last weekend: a dusting of snow the morning of the screening, a full house in the cozy cinematheque at the Center for Contemporary Arts, and a spirited Q&A. It was great to have three generations of Ranch women–Kate, Dulcie and Bella–there to answer questions with me, and such an enthusiastic, appreciative audience. Huge thanks to every one of you dear supporters who made it possible!!

Oct 19, 2017


Hippie Family Values, DVD cover

Thanks to additional funds raised through our Final Push campaign on Indiegogo, we spent a busy summer completing the film.

Editor Jim Klein and I traveled to Austin TX in June for our sound mix at Soundcrafter, a premier post audio facility. Then in August, I spent a week in San Francisco working with online editor Robert Arnold on color grading, titles and credits and other finishing processes. Now that the film is complete, we’re in the midst of producing DVDs, and also have a cool new trailer, edited by the fabulous Shirley Thompson.

The film has been submitted to a bunch of festivals, so stay tuned for news of a screening near you in the coming months.

If you are a professor, or know one who might be interested in using the film in class, it is now available to educational institutions through New Day Films, where you can also see what academics in a wide variety of fields are saying about Hippie Family Values.

A thousand thanks to our generous supporters for making it all possible!

Apr 29, 2017

Final Push Indiegogo Campaign

I am thrilled to report that the film is nearly done!   You can see the first 10 minutes HERE.

Teepee kids in Hippie Family Values

Kids in Hippie Family Values

Our objective now is to raise funds to cover the sound mix, color correction, titles and credits, and other technical processes necessary to prepare the film for its debut. So we have launched a Final Push Indiegogo campaign to raise an additional $20,000.  We’re offering some cool new perks, including music by Mitzi Cowell, advance tickets to your local premiere of the film (including post-screening drinks with the director, and any other film participants who might be on hand), and the opportunity to garner an Associate Producer or Executive Producer credit.

If you’d prefer to skip the perks and make a tax-deductible donation, just drop me an email and I’ll give you the info on where to send a check.

As before, it would be fantastic if you can help us spread the word about the Final Push of our campaign by sharing our Final Push Indiegogo campaign far and wide.

We are so excited about our film, and can’t wait to share it with you.  Thank you SO much for your support–and your incredible patience!!!

–Bev and the rest of the Hippie Family Values team

Apr 14, 2017


Jim Klein editing Hippie Family ValuesThe $23,000 raised through our Indiegogo campaign in April 2015 has allowed us to complete a near-final cut of the film. Viewers at preview screenings have called the film “revealing, moving, powerful, compelling,” “a seamless, lyrical, poignant piece of work,” “beautifully filmed and edited,” “gorgeous,” “wonderful!” Now we are seeking an additional $20,000 in completion funds to cover a professional sound mix, color grading, titling, and all the other technical processes necessary to prepare the film for launch. We will soon be reactivating our Indiegogo campaign site, and announcing some new perk opportunities. Please help spread the word to potential supporters. Can’t wait to share the film with you!

Jun 19, 2016

A Summer of Editing in Yellow Springs

Metal Bridge, Yellow Springs, OHI’m back in Yellow Springs this summer for a 2-month Artist Residency, working with editor Jim Klein to turn our 25+ rough cut sequences into a MOVIE.  No kidding:  Jim is generously housing me for NINE weeks, and putting in long days in the studio, where we’ve already made incredible progress in our first 10 days of work.

Other attractions of this one-of-a-kind residency include exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on my great borrowed bike, and the groovy village of Yellow Springs itself; cooking splendid meals together, and enjoying a couple of excellent local restaurants; and frequent jazz piano serenades by the multi-talented Mr. Klein.

Mostly what I’ve been learning as we work at this stage of the project is about storytelling itself–shaping character and story through editing.  Not that I have just been shooting aimlessly all this time.  But it has been particularly gratifying to watch the material shot over a period of 10 years, begin to fit together like a zillion-piece puzzle, to watch the essence of “characters” whom I’ve gotten to know so well over these years come into focus on the screen in 3-dimensional living color, as if Jim were translating my own perspective through his editing.

It is a strange and mysterious process, filming real people’s lives, and then crafting from that material something that feels MORE real and moving than just the uncut raw footage could ever be.  Jim has been honing this craft for over forty years, and it is a pleasure and a revelation to work beside him to bring this film to life.