Join us for a screening of Jens Jensen The Living Green at the Lake Theatre on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m. This is a fundraiser for Pleasant Home and tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased from Pleasant Home or from the Lake Theatre the day of the event.
To purchase tickets, please visit http://pleasanthome.org/program-a-events
Mark Frazel and Carey Lundin, the producers of the documentary will be at the Lake Theatre to welcome guests prior to the screening and for a Q&A afterward.
The documentary by Carey Lundin and Mark Frazel tells Jensen’s life story and accomplishments, but its focus is his belief that “people need daily access to the living green or they will shrivel up and die,” Lundin said.
In Chicago, as in most crowded urban areas, regular people had little to no access to nature in Jensen’s lifetime. This was a detriment to their spirit and, by extension, to their neighborhoods and society as a whole.
Jensen wanted to make parks accessible. He equaled this with democracy, with being American, Lundin said. “He thought America should not emulate Europe,” she said. “He thought we should have our own identity, an American identity, an American aesthetic.”
The film is full of beautiful images and tells a compelling story as there were times in Jensen’s life when he was battling corruption in Chicago, Lundin explained.
He also was internally conflicted between his belief that there should be free, beautiful spaces for the public and the fact that he made money by designing private landscapes for the very wealthy.
“I think people are really going to enjoy the story,” Lundin said. “Once people find out how philosophical a city park can be, they will flip for him.”