Family Portrait

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Title: Family Portrait
Author: Marshall, Elizabeth Diane
Abstract: Its a rare experience to have lived formative years on a commune and to be the daughter of its leaders. In the late 1960s my parents were at the centre of a Toronto-based communitarian movement of baby boomers. During a period of social and political re-imagining they engaged in a leftist Christian philosophy, being of service to others and sharing resources. In 1971 they co-purchased Midian Farm as a back-to-the-land social experiment, but its utopian vision eventually collapsed. The end of my parents marriage and the fall of the farm left a resounding residue, a hangover from hope. A canvas for seeking, of memory; piercing through time with new energy, FAMILY PORTRAIT is a process-driven personal essay documentary. I stitch together a visually immersive treasure trove of archives and dip between memory and current day reflections to memorialize a shared piece of history.
Subject: Film studies
Keywords: Midian Farm
Intentional community
Communal living
Commune
Community
Alternative lifestyle
Counterculture
Hippies
Back-to-the-land
Social responsibility
Activism
Peace movement
Feminism
Personal history
Family history
Canadian history
Christianity
Jesus
Bible
Religion
1960s
1970s
Canada
Ontario
Young Life
Leadership
Geodesic dome
Utopia
Utopian experiment
Social experiment
Farm
Farming
Organic farming
Film studies
Documentary
Personal film-making
Diary film-making
Essay film-making
Personal essay documentary
Archives
Ethnography
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/34475
Supervisor: Hoffman, Philip J.
Degree: MFA - Master of Fine Arts
Program: Film And Video
Exam date: 2017-09-25
Publish on: 2018-05-28

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