American Commune Directed
Rena Mundo Croshere and Nadine Mundo USA / 2013 / 90 minutes East Coast Premiere
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Rena and Nadine, two documentarian sisters, leave their jobs in reality television to visit their secret rural upbringings at The Farm, America's largest commune. The film cuts between past and present as the filmmakers explore what is left of their alternative childhood, bridging gaps between their adult metropolitan lifestyles and their off-the-grid rearing. American Commune reveals the rise and fall of The Farm, a 1970s commune that created what appeared to be the ideal self-sufficient community. Members shared everything from child rearing and communal households, to currency, clothing and food. Through unapologetic storytelling and a hint of nostalgia, the Mundo sisters tap into the alternate universe of their pasts and bring to light the undying legacy of true community.
Rena Mundo Croshere and Nadine Mundo are a sibling director team based in Venice, California. American Commune is their first feature documentary. Nadine was a Producer on the new Showtime series, Time of Death and a Senior Producer for Showtime's The Real L Word. She was Series Producer for MTV's Chelsea Settles. Rena directed the MTV series When I Was 17 and This Is How I Made It. Rena was a Producer on Michael Moore's Emmy-winning series The Awful Truth. The Mundo Sisters developed and directed the MTV series My Life Translated. Rena directed a Coca Cola online spot for Platinum artist Ne-Yo, receiving over a million hits. Nadine directed Art of Survival, a documentary about Capoeira, executive produced by Benjamin Bratt. The Mundos are grant recipients from The Jerome Foundation, New York State Council of the Arts, Women In Film, San Francisco Arts Commission and Robert F. Kennedy Fellowship.
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