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Spring Screenings 2019

Upcoming screenings in Arivaca AZ, Corvallis, Emporia, Lawrence, Telluride and beyond…

Arivaca Film Exhibition
Arivaca, Arizona

SAT MAR 2, 3:30pm
PLUS: after-party with dance music from the Wayback Machine at La
Gitana, 7-9pm

Darkside Cinema
Corvallis, Oregon

SAT MAR 9, 2-4pm
plus a talk in the Anthropology Lecture Series, OSU
FRI MAR 8, noon-1

Emporia State University Memorial Union
Emporia Kansas
THU APR 11, 6:30pm

Lawrence Public Library
Lawrence, Kansas
SAT APR 13, 3-5pm

Wilkinson Public Library
Telluride, Colorado

WED MAY 15, 6pm

Autumn Screenings 2018

From a Sage Fix to Developmental Communalism

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.

KMUD, JohnHardin, SEP 2018

But the speakers are not producing sound. 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.

The sound board sage fix

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 barn

In 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 Utopias

Briefly, 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!!