Eccentric neighbors, a rabbit on the loose, and a man working to build shared green spaces discover they really do have a lot in common.
with Jane Jacobs, Paul Hawken,
Carl Anthony, Ray Suarez, and
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“...a poignant tale of camaraderie and community.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Think 'Tales of the City'--with trowels!”
San Jose Mercury News
“A well-crafted, humanistic documentary that kept me thoroughly engaged!” Danny McGuire, KQED-TV
“It’s about so much more than community gardening.” John Abrahall, Bullfrog Films
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Meet your extraordinary neighbors: Ruthe the psychic, Roosevelt the grandpa, Joan the single mom, Karl the community organizer. Witness them take over an abandoned lot in Berkeley, California, and transform it over a five-year period into a disarmingly beautiful community garden and commons area, a vibrant space alive with kids, neighborhood events, and stunning public art.
But it’s not all flowers and sunshine. Gardeners clash over the political correctness of accepting a donation of water-guzzling sod from a local nursery. Ruthe’s rabbit gets loose and eats Joan’s vegetables. A LOT IN COMMON raises the timely question: how do we build community?
The eccentric members of the Peralta Community Peace Garden root themselves into the neighborhood and into our hearts as we see them accomplish incredible feats with their volunteer spirit and plenty of elbow grease. And when one gardener is beset with a life-threatening illness, the others, once strangers, rally to her side.
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First Place, Earthvision Environmental Film Festival, 2004
Best of Festival, Berkeley Video and Film Festival, 2003
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival, 2004
Official selection, Vermont International Film Festival
Official selection, Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
Official selection, East Lansing Film Festival
Retrospective screening January 2020, Berkeley Public Library West Branch (special thanks to coordinator Sylvia Soriano). Rick Bacigalupi, Producer, with current Peralta Community Garden gardeners & friends. Photos by Leonard Martin Hughet
Original publicity photos by Ed Caldwell