The Hog Farm Movie finally released after 50 Years!
The Hog Farm Movie
A film by David Lebrun
In 1967, a motley group of artists, musicians and assorted freaks found themselves living on a hilltop hog farm in Southern California. Paul Foster had been one of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters. Now he was a computer programmer working for NASA’s Apollo team. Bonnie Jean Romney was an actress, doing ingénue roles on Gunsmoke and Star Trek. Hugh Romney was a poet and improv comic using theatre games to treat autistic children. He would later change his name to Wavy Gravy and become an ice cream flavor.
In the summer of 1968 they went on the road with 40 painted buses, 2 geodesic domes, a light show, a band and the Yippee Party candidate for president, a 300-pound hog named Pigasus. This is the film of their epic journey across America, finally released after 50 years.
Featuring music by The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Neal Cassady, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and The Claude Doty Hog Farm Band. Originally shot on 16mm in 1967-1968 and now fully restored in digital HD.
Run Time: 37 minutes
Year of Release: 2019
Filmmaker David Lebrun was born in Los Angeles in 1944. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon and the UCLA Film School. He came to film from a background in philosophy and anthropology, and many of his films have been attempts to get inside the ways of seeing and thinking of specific cultures. He has served as producer, director, writer, cinematographer, animator and / or editor of more than sixty films, among them films on the Mazatec Indians of Oaxaca, Mexican folk artists, a 1960s traveling commune, Tibetan mythology and a year in the life of a Maya village in the Yucatán. He edited the Academy-award winning feature documentary Broken Rainbow, on the conflict between Hopi and Navajo of the American Southwest. In his own films Lebrun combines the structures and techniques of the documentary, experimental and animated genres to create a style appropriate to the culture and era of each film. Among his films are Breaking the Maya Code (2008), Proteus (2003) and The Hog Farm Movie (1970), all distributed by First Run Features.