Lane 1974

Synopsis: Based on a true story, Lane is a 13-year-old girl coming of age on a Northern California commune in the 1970s. While Lane enjoys the freedom of living off-the-grid with her mother and younger siblings, she craves a stable "normal" life - a life she's only seen in pictures from a stolen Sears catalog. Lane must navigate her troubled mother, Hallelujah, while trying to care for her younger brother and sister. After a series of dangerous and isolating events, Lane decides to forge her own path in hopes of finding a better life after it becomes clear her family has fallen apart.
Director(s): S.J. Chiro
Production: The Orchard
  1 win & 3 nominations.
79 min


At forest edge

I swore I saw

A lovely young girl

From afar

Did she smile?

Yes, she seemed to

Smile right at me

So I stepped in

Was it dark?

Yes, the light was leaving

When came moving

Off the leaves

Where did she go?

Long branches wet

Forever empty air

To hide promises

No one would keep

Go, go, go!

Come on, you guys.

Sky, where's

your little brother?

He's here.

I'm right here.

Come on.

Wow, this place is so cool.

Come on.

Jamie, Jamie.

Turn on your flashlight.


Oh, look.

We can do shadow puppets.

I love shadow puppets.

I think I can do a bunny.

Can you make a dog?


Or a peacock.

That's more a rectangle.


That's like an eye underneath.

That's cool. You can do a

trick you like that, too, maybe.

I don't know.

I know llama.

It looks like its nose

is popping out of its face.

What about snacks?


But you just had dinner.

I don't even know what I ate.

Macrobiotic diet.


Please, will you get me

something to eat?

Lane, you go.

Okay, I'll go find something.

One queen.


Raoul was arrested.

Did you hear about that?

He had half a joint on him.

And they beat him within

an inch of his life.

Just for having long hair.

And half a joint.

Fucked up, man.

But that's the city for you.

It'll eat its young.

Don't kid yourself

about the locals out here.

Some of the old time families

out here have rifles.

And I hear they're

willing to use 'em

on any long hairs they

think might trespass.

What's up, lady?

Some of the other kids

are still hungry.

You know, it's not healthy

to put food in your system this late.

I know. It's not for me.

What does it say?

Tarot is just

really intuitive...

Where did you learn that?

You know, here and there.

Like, every year or something.


I'd like that.

Is that all it says?

I'm learning, teaching myself.

Oh, sorry. I hope we

didn't wake up Shayla.

Oh, don't worry.

That kid sleeps through anything.

One, two.

Do you think you guys will

stay here at Big Mountain?

I hope we can, but...

my mom keeps on talking

about moving to Bolinas.

I bet if we get into

a school here, we'll stay.

We tried to go to

public school once,

but Hallelujah wasn't into it.

Hallelujah is your mom?


I used to go to such a fun

free school in Cazadero.

I hope you guys don't go

to Bolinas.

Me, too.


Time for lights out.

Go to sleep, Berry.

Can I sleep down there with you?


I'm really glad

you guys came here.

Me, too.

Hey, Gina, wake up.


Gina, come on.

We gotta go, okay?

Come on.

Get your shoes on.

Here we go.

There we go.

Let's go.

You got your blanket?

Okay. Here we go.

Wait. My friend.

It's okay.

But I don't wanna go.

Where are we going?

No arguing, Gina.

Come on, let's go.

I wonder if we'll ever see her again.

Doubt it.

I'm gonna get there first.

No, I am!

No, I am!

Stop it.

Hi, Shayla. What are you

doing here all by yourself?

Come here, come here.

Mom, I'm starving!

Oh, stop.

Please, it's early.

Stop it. Let's go

to Greg's, okay?

Wait, Lane. I want...

Hand me Shayla.


Shayla, go to Mom.

Come here, baby.

Come on, Shay.

Get cozy. Let's sleep.

Hi, Sonny.


No tag backs.

I had a dream about leaving

They always

have sugar every day.

I had a dream of the past

Anyone home?

We can go in.

They don't care.

Sky, you want some almonds?


Let's dance.

I want some.

I can't stay

on this fucking land?

I thought it was

a goddamn free country.

I don't know. You can't

just take whatever you want.

They're plants, man.

And they grow for free.

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