California Dreaming

California is a strong brand, a land of dreams, movie stars, surfers and has a wonderful climate all year. But the state is practically bankrupt and the city of Los Angeles has no more cash. Public services are being scaled back and unemployment has been steadily increasing. But even in these dire financial times, feelings of entrepreneurship, optimism and a belief in America are stronger than ever before.

This documentary focuses on five people who are undergoing a life transformation during the financial crisis. Christine and Justin are unemployed and are now inhabiting a van with their sons. Charles has recently been released from prison after 14 years. Mizuko immerses her children in virtual reality to prepare them for the future. Laura has started an urban farm after buying some cheap land. How do these pioneers who are reinventing their America see the future?

 

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  • Cinemagag

    My hopes go out to the Morehouse family and their young children. As a person who was once homeless in California in the mid 80`s I now make a solid recession proof living in law enforcement. I can feel their shame and pain. Sadly, I feel many millions more will join their ranks before we as a society decide to do something about an equitable distribution of opportunity in this most abundant nation. There but for the grace of god go I…

  • Thex

    As CA’s ethnic makeup gets darker, so will the lights.

    Optimism as the Third World closes in on all sides is pretty much stupidity defined.

    • Anonymous

      Well, if little clowns like you will struggle, I don’t mind that taking place.

  • Fool

    Two stupid things from this documentary: “one thing about americans is that they are very flexible” & ” I think its gonna take longer for the rest of the world to accept the new identity….”
    Get real fools, its actually the other way around!

  • Whatever

    Two stupid things from this documentary: “one thing about americans is
    that they are very flexible” & ” I think its gonna take longer for
    the rest of the world to accept the new identity….”
    Get real fools, its actually the other way around!

  • http://www.facebook.com/soophisticated Travis Matthews

    isn’t marijuana a huge agricultural venture…wow!!! whats up?

  • seppo

    should have saved money instead of spending it on a bunch of “cool” tats.

    americans have no real values.

    it’s all shallow.

    and can anyone stand listening to a california woman’s whiney talk?

  • Theo

    This was a really enjoyable documentary to watch. Stunning video and editing, and great HD quality. It doesn’t get too much into statistics and numbers, but more focuses on the lives of various people. Simple and effective.

  • Waldo1888

    im quite sure some of California’s actors that earn millions of dollars a film could give some of there cash to the state of California instead of just taking from it cos these people would not be working in the film industry if it wasn’t for the state of California