California is a strong brand, the state of new beginnings, dreams and movie stars, of surfers and a wonderful climate. But the Golden State is bankrupt and the city of Los Angeles is running out of cash. Public services are being cut and unemployment keeps rising. At the same time, optimism, entrepreneurship and the belief in the power of America are stronger than ever.

In Los Angeles, we meet five people who are going through a transformation in their lives during this crisis. Justin and Christine lost their jobs and are now living in a van with their two young sons. Charles has gotten out of prison after fourteen years. Mizuko prepares her children for the future by making them at ease in virtual reality. Laura has taken advantage of the crisis by buying land cheaply and starting an urban farm and artists collective Fallen Fruit maps the abundant free ‘public fruit’ available in the city. Who are the pioneers who are reinventing the new America and how do they see the future?

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3 Responses to “California Dreaming”

  1. [...] California Dreaming. Optimism, entrepreneurship and the belief in the power of America thrive while the state of Californis and the city of Los Angeles go bankrupt. [...]

  2. edcahill says:

    The movie starts off well showing us what is going on right now. But it finishes poorly offering solutions straight out of the 60′s. It was like I was listening to young hippies again from the 60′s, the movie quoted them exactly (I was there. I know what the hippies were like.). Those solutions didn’t work then and they won’t now. “California Dreaming” started out being objective too bad it didn’t finish that way. Otherwise it would have been excellent. Deleting the unnesessary nudity would not hurt either.

  3. dwrthzz says:

    living in a moter home in santa barbara is a few thousand notches up from living in la under the same circumstances – but its difficult no matter where you are especially with kids – it is difficult not having a home as a base to support you looking for work – ive been there – this sort of living is impossible to do in some cities ie nyc and very difficult to do in the midwest or eastern us – weather, space, expense …… in my neighborhood across the way from silverlake there are alot of people going thru trash cans , garage sales during the week , people asking for handouts in malls and on the street – in hemet where unemployment is extremely high the salvation army has monthly sales and alot of meth “labs”- the fruit picking thing seems a bit casual – like something to pass time – picking fruit seems redundant in outfits like that – so retro silverlake – community gardens are great for all the reasons they stated – there are some wonderful ones around and we can do it here – they serve a purpose – ive lived in all sorts of situations – during tough times a yurt or moter home may be a sensible option – at least in southern ca – you do what you can do – this film is simply about how people are enduring hardships – unlike the 60s that you (edcahill) are referring to these people are just trying to survive – they are enduring a situation that grew out of corporate america and the goverment – they HAD jobs and LOST them -