Director: Bobby Roth Cast: Nick Roth, Laura Jordan, Henry Winkler

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A young man is thrown into the center of the political and social tumult of the late '60s in this drama. It's 1968, and Ben Sweet (Nick Roth) is 18 years old and has just received his 1A draft classification. Ben does not want to go to Vietnam, and his father Sy (Henry Winkler) is understanding, though he believes Ben does have a responsibility to his country. As a compromise, Ben enrolls at the University of California in Berkeley, where he majors in economics but also hopes to indulge his interest in writing. Ben hasn't been in Berkeley long before his horizons are broadened by his childhood friend Mishkin (Sebastian Tillinger), who introduces him to marijuana and LSD, and Sadie (Laura Jordan), a classmate who takes him to bed for the first time. As Ben begins reconsidering the middle-class values he was raised with, he starts indulging his passion for playing guitar and joins a rock band with keyboard player Buddy (Wade Allain-Marcus) and drummer Blue (Tom Morello). Ben's political viewpoints also begin evolving when he meets campus radical Henry Wolf (Jake Newton), who believes a Marxist revolution is necessary in the United States -- and who steals Sadie away from him. On the rebound, Ben falls for Alice (Sarah Carter), the pretty blonde daughter of the college dean, but she bristles at his embrace of the counterculture as Ben becomes more deeply involved in music and politics. Ben's desire to write blossoms when he takes a class with Professor Hawkins (Bonnie Bedelia), a bohemian writing instructor who encourages him to explore his poetic side, but Ben's family are not entirely happy with the changes in his lifestyle. Nick Roth wrote and sang his own songs for Berkeley; he's also the son of director Bobby Roth.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2008
UPC: 0806807150067
Original Release: 2005
Rating: R
Source: Rivercoast
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:28:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Roth Ben Sweet
Laura Jordan Sadie
Henry Winkler Sy Sweet
Sarah Carter Alice
Tom Morello Blue
Bonnie Bedelia Professor Hawkins
Sebastian Tillinger Mishkin
Wade Allain-Marcus Buddy
Jake Newton Henry
Kate Lang Johnson Prom Queen

Technical Credits
Bobby Roth Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Carsten Becker Editor
Lon Bender Executive Producer
Cosmas Paul Bolger Executive Producer
Steve Burns Cinematographer
Larison Clark Associate Producer
Country Joe & the Fish Songwriter
Christopher Franke Score Composer
Tom Morello Songwriter
Stacey Rosen Casting
Emily Wallin Editor
Jeff White Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Berkeley
1. Main Titles [7:52]
2. Ben Meets Sadie [6:36]
3. Hitchhiking [8:01]
4. Pass the Joint [6:31]
5. Sitting in the Chair [7:52]
6. She's Perfect [4:36]
7. Are You in Love? [5:16]
8. Hi, I'm Ben [9:12]
9. You've Brought Pearl [4:35]
10. Stars of Orion [10:22]
11. Hi Dad [12:50]
12. End Credits [4:27]

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