A conflict is raging in the US. Protests, political movements and murder have taken place in the name of an unlikely ideal; clotheslines.
Tens of millions of individuals across Northern America are banned from outdoor line drying by the very communities they live in, forcing them to turn to the dryer. Homeowners who break the rules are fined, sued and even foreclosed on. This ban is not only infringing on civil rights, it’s contributing to the environmental and energy crisis. The dryer is responsible for 6% of the average household’s energy bill and it costs the US an estimated $5 billion annually.
Corporate America has sold the dryer and the consumption of electricity as a status symbol, and now they have their eyes on a much bigger prize – the world.
Our future is hanging on the line.
DRYING FOR FREEDOM reveals the story of our love affair with energy; the people who are campaigning against it, the rules society have created to sustain it and the destruction it is causing to the planet. It explores how outdoor clothes drying is been banned in countless communities across the U.S. and how these communities are fighting for their right to dry naturally. DRYING FOR FREEDOM also shows how corporate America sold its citizens the dream of electric bliss in the 1950’s. It investigates the argument that globalisation continues to promote the use of electric driers over clotheslines, signifying that our future is hanging on the line.
Having recently completed principle photography in the United States with the financial support of eco-corporation 7th Generation, the film-makers behind the project are now looking to raise the remaining funds to travel to India and document the rising change in attitudes towards energy consumption, as western ideals become increasingly used to sell domestic electrical products to the general public.
We will also be striving to bring on board enough support to navigate the film successfully through it’s post production phase, whilst purchasing the usage rights to integral video archive elements that will allow us to bring the film to market.
Those keen on supporting the project will be acknowledged greatly by the film-makers, with prestigious access to the film’s première and signed copies of the distribution DVD just a few of the gratuitous offered in return.
10 Comments / User Reviews
Just unbelievable that yanks have become so cowardly as to allow someone to tell them not to hang their clothes on a clothesline.
If anything it’s driers that should be banned. What a sick country.
How on earth does drying clothes make a neighbourhood look ‘trashy’!?
What a bunch of pussies the Yanks have become allowing some petty association dictate how they dry their clothes for f*cks sake.
I know, people are getting on to being more economical with how we use energy. As most know now the war in Iraq is not about nuclear weaponary but the control of oil!
This is absolute B*S. How could you ban ‘clothesdrying on the line’. I know, people are getting on to being more economical with how we use energy. As most know now the war in Iraq is not about nuclear weaponary but the control of oil!! Since people are trying to slow the consumption of their energy using habits, this is but one way to keep the population forking out more and more money for the greed of the government and whoever agrees with this shit! I agree with Alan, Gosh has the government got those in charge of the states wrapped around their fingers. Watch out America, your dollar is receding, the more it does, the more stupid ideas like this will emerge!!
It’s got nothing to do with wars for oil or greed or government or anything else. It’s simple: clothes lines are ugly and seeing people’s underwear flapping in the breeze makes the area look poor and detracts from the neighborhood. Thus, many home owner’s associations forbid them – the same way they forbid flag poles, plastic flamingos and a lot of other things. There is no plastic flamingo conspiracy, and there’s no clothesline conspiracy either.
You americans are sick cunts. How can you ban something so natural like drying clothes on sun?? It’s like banning a tree from growing, this is just pure craziness you let your government and “system” just pushes you around like this. Crazy as hell you let them to!
No, we’re kinda awesome. When people move into a home governed by a homeowner’s association they know what they’re getting into. This isn’t about laws at all. It’s about home developments where a developer buys the land, builds X homes, and then anyone who buys a home agrees to abide by the rules of a neighborhood association to keep property values up (good for the developer trying to unload the homes). HA’s often forbid clotheslines because they’re ugly and unattractive and make the neighborhood look trashy/poor, like having a car up on cinder blocks in the driveway or something. That’s all there is to it and your nationalistic rant doesn’t address the problem at all.
I wouldn’t want to live in one of these communities – they’ve banned flag poles, the American flag, holiday decorations, ribbons to support troops or breast cancer awareness, gay pride flags, and satellite dishes until the federal government mandated that they had to allow them. But people who buy a home in one of these developments know what they’re getting into and do it anyway. Also, the government you’re knocking is the one which has stepped in with laws PREVENTING the HA’s from banning satellite dishes, so they’re actually the good guys!
Wow – what a concept – can’t wait to see the full doc.
What on earth? I wasn’t convinced when I saw it was a doc on clotheslines but the trailer has certainly turned me around! will keep an eye out for the film but more interested in changing my drying habits now.