Dir. Scott Hamilton Kennedy
In Theaters 04/24/09 On DVD 08/18/09 Non-Theatrical/Institutional use available 03/06/09 Poster available 05/11/09
An Academy Award nominated documentary, THE GARDEN is an engaging and powerful look at the famous political and social battle over the largest community garden in the U.S (located in south central Los Angeles).
A follow-up to Kennedy's award-winning documentary, OT: OUR TOWN, the film shows how the politics of power and greed (backroom deals, land developing, green politics, money) tragically intersect with working class families who rely on this communal garden for their livelihood. Equal parts THE WIRE and HARLAN COUNTY, USA, THE GARDEN, exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.
Kenneth Turan of the LA Times said: "It's tempting to call "The Garden" a story of innocence and experience, of evil corrupting paradise, but that would be doing a disservice to the fascinating complexities of a classic Los Angeles conflict and an excellent documentary that does them full justice."
Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Scott's debut documentary, OT: our town, was an official selection and won awards at some of the top film festivals in the world. In its theatrical release, OT garnered rave reviews and was selected for several 'best of' lists (including Kenneth Turan of the L.A. Times). OT was also honored by being 'short listed' for an Oscar nomination and was nominated for Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Scott started his career in music videos, making several number-one internationally aired videos including Jimmy Cliff's remake of "I Can See Clearly Now." As a director, Scott has worked with Showtime, CBS, AMC, Roger Corman, and Mattel.
Scott is developing his narrative feature script Up River, an urban adventure movie set on the L.A. River, which went through the IFP/FIND Directors Lab. He is also in post-production on a reality series entitled Fame High, a show about the L.A. County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) which follows freshman and seniors through a school year as they try to become successful actors, singers, dancers, and musicians.
As themselves Danny Glover
Zak de la Rocha
Directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy Produced by Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Executive producers Stuart Sender
Julie Bergman Sender
Edited by Alex Blatt
Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Feature length commentary track with filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy, farmer and activist Tezozomoc, and producers Vivianne Nacif and Dominique Derrenger.
Back to the Garden: extended scenes, protests & historical perspectives.
Director interview with film critic David Poland (Movie City News).
Optional English and Spanish subtitles.
Catalog Number: OSC-010