The Edge of Paradise: Taylor Camp, Kauai, 1969-1977 (DVD)

The Edge of Paradise: Taylor Camp, Kauai, 1969-1977 (DVD)

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DOCUMENTARY, 85 min.

The ultimate hippie fantasy, a pot-friendly, clothing-optional treehouse village on a beach at the end of the road on Kauai’s Northshore. Started by Elizabeth Taylor’s brother, it ends in flames eight years later when the locals decide it’s time for them to go.

Sometimes, to see and understand a larger historic picture, you simply need to focus in on a tight handful of people that represent not only what was happening in many other places but also the dream of many other people at that time. 
     TAYLOR CAMP does that for the hippie era with historic footage, old photos and a pivotal sampling of the songs that energized the Woodstock Generation before it was all packaged and marketed as a billion dollar entertainment industry and their heroes changed from barefoot gurus with begging bowls and chillums to rock stars in limousines chugging Dom Perignon and hoovering coke.
     Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Kauai's North Shore and Na Pali Coast, TAYLOR CAMP captures the way that people looked, talked, dressed and acted during that turbulent period; and interviews conducted thirty years later give us a poignant glimpse of the eroding effects of time among a group that, for the most part, is still trying to live that dream in a society where simple living is not just hard-it's illegal.