Living Together

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"Living Together" visits four cooperative "living experiments" in Portland, Oregon during the 1970s, where cohabitants form alternative relationships to the nuclear family. Co-op members discuss their reasons for choosing to live in communal and multi-family households and frame this lifestyle as an answer to urban segregation and isolation, materialism, the need to conserve resources and reduce waste, forging lifelong commitments, and some of the challenges of raising children.


"Living Together," by Alternate Family Co-Op and the Center for the Moving Image, Portland State University, 1972.

Produced for Spence Meighan, the Department of Medical Education, Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, by the Center for the Moving Image, PSU. A film by William Donker, Margaret Hixon, Garry Hood, Jill Lansdowne, Daniel McMaster, Dave Milholland, Dave Stephens, and Tom Taylor III.

Film to digital transfer by Gary Lacher of Movie Preservation, coordinated by Heather O. Petrocelli with financial support from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.

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