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May 28th, 2008

Video Naturalismo: Celebration at Big Sur

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“In 1971, everyone did it. And they did it for love. Filmed at the legendary West Coast philosophical retreat The Esalen Institute (which gave birth to EST and which counted Henry Miller as a regular guest), the very rarely-screened Celebration At Big Sur is a terrific document of this formerly annual concert, featuring the sounds of CSNY, Joan Baez and her sister Mimi Farina, Dorothy Morrison, John Sebastian and Joni Mitchell, all performing on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Like Woodstock, the Celebration was a free festival that had major quirks, which in turn made for great filmic moments. Highlights include Steven Stills getting into a fight with a heckler, experimental Jordan Belson-like bits during Joni’s piano playing, and David Crosby skinny-dipping with Carl Gottlieb (the film’s producer and the co-writer of Jaws) in the infamous Esalen baths while chanting up a storm. Purify yourself at the sea of madness!”

If you live in the LA area, don’t miss a RARE screening of this amazing film tonight at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax. Arthur Magazine has been doing an amazing series of folk-related films. More info here.

The rest of the movie, after the jump (only for those non-LA people out there)!

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4 Comments »

  1. already marked on the calendar! ive been waiting for it for a while! cant wait. see you there!
    peace*love
    -ryan

    Comment by ryan — May 28, 2008 @ 8:55 pm
  2. I love this movie and always wonder why no one knows about it

    Comment by Kyle — May 28, 2008 @ 9:49 pm
  3. i agree. tis a strange wonder.

    Comment by ryan — May 29, 2008 @ 3:17 pm
  4. I’ve looked everywhere for this: thanks so much for having it here where we can see it. I’ve let TCM know we’d like this broadcast once in a blue moon – not all “classics” are older than I am!

    Comment by Joy — August 6, 2008 @ 10:53 pm

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