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What happens to a 4-year-old kid who grew up smoking pot and running barefoot on the wild streets of 1960s San Francisco? In FOLLOWING SEAN, a magical blend of deeply intriguing personal narrative and street-level investigation, filmmaker Ralph Arlyck tracks down Sean--the boy who had been the subject of his controversy-sparking 1969 documentary--to find out what hes like 30 years later.
In 1969, young San Francisco filmmaker Ralph Arlyck won awards and sparked controversy when he interviewed his 4 year old upstairs neighbor, a boy named Sean, who--among other things--discussed smoking pot. Many years later, Arlyck returned to California to find Sean again, and over the following decade crafted Following Sean. This rich, complex documentary delves into Sean's life, his family, and Arlyck's own family to create a meditation on work, parents and children, and personal freedom. What's most striking about Following Sean is that these fundamental questions never feel forced or ponderous, but rise up organically from the simple facts of his subjects' lives. Furthermore, Arlyck's editing is sharp, fluidly moving forward and giving this potentially aimless material a compelling momentum. Fans of Ross McElwee (Sherman's March, Bright Leaves), The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, or Crumb will savor Following Sean's similar mix of the ordinary and the profound, as will anyone interested in an unfiltered, ambivalent, and authentic view of 1960s America, one that weighs the cost as well as the thrills of that almost mythical era. --Bret Fetzer
fast shipping. well packed. this is an amazing film. i have watched it twice.
highly recommended. i will be watching it again.
I have a personal connection to the people in this movie. It is a compelling story and Ralph does an excellent job of telling it.Published on September 2, 2013 by Robert Sternoff
I like documentaries and it was very interesting to see a little boy who was being brought up in the Haight Ashbury of the 60s. That was the original doc., included. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by D
In this case, of communist hippies in the drug infested Haight Ashbury section of San Francisco in 1969. Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by mr. contrarian
The title is a little misleading. I expected it to be how "Sean," the chid of 60's hippies living in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, turned out twenty five years later. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Promise
Really enjoyed this work! I gave this to my daughter in Austin,Texas...she enjoyed it as well. For me...this is my generation... Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by Laura S.
I laughed and cried with Arlyck as he created this film about his career as a filmaker and the impact Sean had on his life. Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by Shelley Jean Tang
A warm, wonderful documentary that makes you think. Poetic and haunting, the fascinating story of Sean and his family is told with wit and grace. Highly recommended! Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by xo berlin