Distributor:  MediaStorm
Length:  7 minutes
Date:  2008
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 4-12, college, adults
Color/BW:  Color
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Common Ground

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The American family farm gives way to a subdivision - a critical cultural shift across the U.S. Common Ground is a 14-year document of this transition, through the Cagwins and the Grabenhofers, two families who love the same plot of land.

Common Ground

The last half-century has seen the disappearance of the American family farm, and the grave cultural and environmental impact of the resulting suburban sprawl. This film is a 14-year document of this transition, through the personal experience of two families who love the same plot of land in its different reincarnations.

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Main credits

Strazzante, Scott (filmmaker)
Strazzante, Scott (photographer)
Stevens, Chad A. (film producer)

Other credits

Photography, Scott Strazzante; video, Wes Pope; original music, Andy Webster.

Distributor credits

Scott Strazzante

Photography and Interviews: Scott Strazzante
Video: Wes Pope
Original Music: Andy Webster
Producer: Chad A. Stevens
Executive Producer: Brian Storm

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Distributor subjects

American Studies, Agriculture Sector, Farming, Family, Human geography, Photography, Sociology, Subrban Studies, Urban Studies


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