Friday, April 17 - Thursday, April 23, 2015

35mm print

“Shot with low-tech equipment, the grainy, overlit Greendale sets a dreamy, David Lynch-like mood as Young tells the story of the fictional Green family, who live in a Northern California town that bears their name. Multi-generational anti-war activists and pro-environmental warriors, the Greens become beleaguered in a world of intensifying media scrutiny, corporate arrogance, personal tragedy, and the devil himself (in the form of a dancing dude in a red suit), culminating in the family’s disillusionment and renewed commitment. There’s no dialogue: The lyrics of Young’s song cycle speak for the characters, making GREENDALE a novel hybrid of music video and visionary movie.” – Tom Keogh

“Every frame, like every note from Mr. Young’s guitar, vibrates with a commitment to the virtues of the handmade. The lack of polish is integral to the art.

“And there is really no other way to categorize this splendid, crotchety artifact. At times it feels like a book of short stories set to music — a touch of Raymond Carver, a hint of Sherwood Anderson — or like a variation on the themes of Vineland, Thomas Pynchon’s underrated novel of the Northern California counterculture in twilight.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

  • Country USA
  • Rating NR
  • Year 2003
  • Running Time 85 minutes
  • Director Bernard Shakey