Naked Gardens

On March 24, a discussion moderated by photographer/filmmaker Geoff Winningham follows the screening.

On March 25, a discussion moderated by artist/curator Mary Magsamen follows the screening.

The visually stunning Naked Gardens immerses audiences in the complex, unseen world of a family nudist resort in the Florida Everglades. The documentary follows the stories of individuals drawn to this lush tropical campsite, which offers a home for nonconformist values and, more important for some, a cheap place to live. The filmmakers’ respectful, nonjudgmental approach reveals familiar human experiences in a unique community, raising questions about traditionally held beliefs regarding what is socially acceptable.

Filmmakers in Attendance
Using precise and illustrative cinematic images, Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan make verité stories that counter the mythic concepts of America. Their short films have premiered at Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, and Locarno. Their first feature film, “Pahokee,” premiered in competition at Sundance and was released in the United States and France.

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

Naked Gardens

Directed by Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas
(United States, 2022, 90 minutes, in English)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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