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Olompali: A Hippie Odyssey
Sequoia 2 Sun, May 6, 2018 4:30 PM
Nearly 100,000 youth migrated to San Francisco during 1967’s Summer of Love to turn on, tune in, and drop out. A short time later, a group of kindred spirits calling itself the “Chosen Family” built a satellite base camp 30 miles to the north on a pastoral piece of land once home to Coastal Miwok. Like so many utopian experiments, this one included highs–all kinds of them–and lows, tragic ones. Social currents passed through the Olompali commune in ocean waves: clothing was optional, authority disdained, and weed widely distributed. Peter Coyote narrates this warmly reflective story, which crosses paths with the Grateful Dead, Hells Angels, the Diggers, and a guru given the title “father.” It also drops in key chords from the era’s soundtrack. Resisting judgment, and powered by the perspective of the commune’s children, Olompali celebrates the “hippie” spirit and one man’s effort to invent a new world in Novato. | WORLD PREMIERE IN PERSON: Director Gregg Gibbs, Producer Maura McCoy P
Film Info
Running Time:16 min.
Director:S. Kramer Herzog
Leonard Marcel
Producer:S. Kramer Herzog


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IN PERSON: Directors Kramer Herzog, Leonard Marcel

Additional Information

S. Kramer Herzog has created and won awards for a number of documentaries, including San Quentin Inside, which documents the prison's sports program. His 15-minute film Eye of the Storm won Herzog CreaTV’s Best Producer award for 2012 and Lighthouse International Film Festival’s Citizen Journalism Award for Best Short Documentary. It also won Best Short Documentary at The SENE International Festival in 2014 and was named Best Independently Produced Documentary for Community Media Programming by the Hometown Awards in 2012. Herzog’s film For the Kids of Paarl won the best documentary in the New Jersey Film Festival in May, 2016.