Wasteland Utopias

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Wasteland Utopias explores the intersection of two radically different utopian thinkers: mega-developer Del Webb and outsider psychiatrist/naturalist Wilhelm Reich. Each found his way into southern Arizona's Sonoran Desert in the late 1950s-Webb building his colossal, panoptically-planned retirement community Sun City and Reich conducting his weather manipulation experiments using Orgone Energy. This unlikely pairing provokes a hallucinatory, magic-conceptualist examination of the disintegrating fabric that connects man with nature, evoking questions about both ecological and social sustainability. Using found footage, documentary interviews, and narrative tableaux, the film interweaves contradictory narratives and critically poetic observations. By juxtaposing these two thinkers-who represent ostensibly opposing visions of a still-undefined future-Sherman asks viewers to consider a multiplicity of perspectives on our endangered natural and social environments.

"Masterpiece" - Craig Baldwin

"It's rare to see a film whose aesthetic principles so elementally parallel the subjects they intend to depict." - Owen O'Toole

Screenings: Ann Arbor Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Echo Part Film Center, Documental, California Institute of the Arts

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