Dream Tower

Mann, Ron
Year Published:  1994
Resource Type:  Film
Cx Number:  CX16080

Follows the history Rochdale College, a famous experiment in co-operative living and self-directed education in 1960's Toronto.

Dream Tower, the most Canadian of Mann's feature films (it was produced by the National Film Board and aired on CBC), is about Rochdale College, Toronto's famous experiment in co-operative living and self-directed education. The film concentrates on Rochdale's first two idealistic years, from the perspective of its first student, Paul Evitts, and his progress from idealism to disillusionment as the building became a centre for freeloaders and drug-dealing. At the same time, the film is a reminder that the community dubbed a "festering sore" made enduring contributions of Canada's cultural life, through institutions from Coach House Press to Theatre Passe Muraille. 47 mins.

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