Thursday, October 17, 2013

Born Dropped Out: 12 Questions For Hippie Kids

Children of hippies get to have the most fun - Really? Let's ask them...

Health food?
Real world?
Good? & Bad?
Sex, drugs and rock and roll?
Drop in?
Are you a hippie?

A documentary I just finished. I'd love to do a much higher resolution version with more subjects. The kids of hippies are a fascinating subject to me, and not just because I am one. I believe they are rare window into the results of an informal experiment in alternative child rearing.

Description: The Hippies of the 60s and 70s created a social revolution that impacted everything from recycling to relationships, from tofu to what was taboo.

They made their mark from the halls of justice, to the Halloween costumes you can buy for your kid ironically, at your local drug store.

Many hippies were weekend hippies who wore the costume and went back to work on Monday.

A few hippies however totally changed their lives and dropped out of normal society altogether.

Some of these hippies then had kids.

These kids were not hippies like their parents. They did not decide to drop out. They were born dropped out.

In 2008 six of these children of hippies, now in ther 30s and 40s, were tracked down as part of a thesis project in experimental documentary video.

They were asked to answer the same set of questions, while recording themselves using a video camera.

The interviews are from an experiment in new interfaces for documentary video as part of a 2008 Masters Thesis at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, also by Caleb Clark.