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Beverly Seckinger – Hippie Family Values Screening + Workshop

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Lecture + Screening
September 25, 2019
Time: 7:30-9:00pm


CJ Building, Room 1.114 
Concordia University 
7141 Sherbrooke W 
Montreal, QC



CJ Building, Room 2.130 
Feminist Media Studio 
Concordia University 
7141 Sherbrooke W 
Montreal, QC 

SCREENING: Hippie Family Values

Sustainability is largely about the relationships we cultivate around local landscapes and shared values. This is particularly true when it comes to communal living. What can we learn from communal alternatives of the past? How might these past initiatives inspire future plans? Join us for the documentary film screening of Hippie Family Values (60-minutes) and a discussion between Liz Miller and visiting director Beverly Seckinger. Beverly shot the film over a period of ten years at a remote communal ranch in New Mexico. The film is an intimate chronicle of a handful of hippie elders, along with their adult children and grandkids. The elders profiled in the film continue to defy convention as they pursue communal alternatives to commercial retirement facilities and nursing homes. 


WORKSHOP: Documentary Media & Social Impact

For nearly thirty years as a filmmaker, curator and teacher, Beverly Seckinger has used documentary media to engage with social issues from LGBTQ rights to the experiences of refugees and migrants.  During this workshop, Seckinger will discuss strategies for using documentary films for social impact. She will explain the New Day Films cooperative model for distributing social issue films, present case studies of her own work as well as other New Day films, and engage participants in a thoughtful discussion. 



This event is sponsored by the Feminist Media Studio, and is part of Sustainability Action Week. 

Beverly Seckinger is a Professor in the School of Theatre, Film & Television, an accomplished documentary filmmaker and an expert in documentary and social impact.  She is a founding member of the UA Institute for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, and since 1993 has directed the annual Lesbian Looks Film Series. Beverly is an active member of New Day Films, the leading filmmaker-owned distribution company for social issue documentaries in the U.S.  Her most recent film, Hippie Family Values, is a feature-length documentary about three generations at a back-to-the-land community in rural New Mexico. Her 2004 diary/documentary Laramie Inside Out, addresses the aftermath of Matthew Shepard’s 1998 murder in her hometown community. She teaches Advancing Human Rights through Documentary Media for the UA’s online graduate program in Human Rights Practice.