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Title In Hollywood's backyard / a film by Alexander Von Wetter.

Published [United States] : Planet Group Entertainment, 2011.
©2011.

Copies

Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank DVD  DVD 8047  3 HR LOAN  LIB USE ONLY
Physical description 1 videodisc (70 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
polychrome rdacc
Notes Originally produced in a motion picture from film shot in the 1970s for German television; country of production and release date not identfied.
For academic library and classroom screenings use only.
Remastered and produced by Planet Group Entertainment.
Credits Director and producer, Sasha and Ann-Christine von Wetter.
Summary During the early 1970s, Topanga Canyon, nestled in the California mountains just behind Malibu, became a hippie Mecca and home for many of Hollywood's top musical performers. These musicians and their artist friends blended in naturally with the latter day hippies and long-time eccentrics that made up this laid-back community a 'stoners' throw from Los Angeles. Topanga was unique, a wilderness paradise that attracted the off-beat and the anti-establishment. Though individualistic, they always came together for their community, rallying, through a remarkable music scene and a multitude of historic art “happenings, personal aid for victims of the frequent wildfires, floods, and earthquake that ravaged the canyon. Filmmakers Sasha and Anne-Christine VonWetter , who had come from France to settle in Topanga, filmed it all for German Television, and succeeded in creating a revealing a close-up look of an extraordinary period in America. The original film has recently been re-mastered. This is the inside story of an iconoclast culture, filled with impromptu and staged musical performances by noted Topanga residents Bob Hite, Canned Heat, Billy Preston, Lowell George, Fred Tackett, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Spanky McFarlane, Gary Farr and others. The late Herta Ware Geer, former wife of actor Will Geer reminisces about the singular Topanga lifestyle, as Billy Preston rides through the canyon in his beloved cowboy garb. While Preston recorded with the Beatles, Lowell George (Little Feat, Mothers of Invention) worked independently, Spanky McFarlane (Spanky and Our Gang) was a busy homemaker, Ramblin' Jack Elliott (Woody Guthrie student and Bob Dylan band member), was still performing. Fred Tackett had finished up with The Band, and Russ Tamblyn ('West Side Story', 'Twin Peaks') was wrapping up a spectacular acting career. All in '70s Topanga. All perform in this film. Most of the artists are gone. The late Gary Farr of the popular British band 'Gary and the T-Bones' arrived in America looking for stardom, only to find a carpenter's life. Yet he played on in the canyon. Ramblin' Jack Elliott is the recent subject of a brilliant Bob Dylan documentary. Those that made it, and those that failed despite their talent are remembered and filmed as they came together... “In Hollywood's Backyard”.
System notes DVD ; NTSC ; All region.
Local note Lenton Parr Library copy donated by Patrick Nagle of Planetgroup Films, 2014.
Other author Von Wetter, Alex, director, producer.
Von Wetter, Ann-Christine, director, producer.
Planet Group Entertainment, issuing body.
Subject Musicians -- California -- Topanga.
Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Topanga (Calif.)
Local donor Nagle, Patrick. Donor.