The Common Sense Farm exanimes the world of the Twelve Tribes, a communal Judeo-Christian religious group often referred to as a cult. As a seventeen-year-old woman goes through her wedding, the community's religious goals -- and the role of women and children in achieving them -- are revealed. This insulated way of life has led to a fragile relationship with the outside world, sparking controversies, conflicts and misunderstandings on both sides of the fence.
Length: 17 minutes
Premiere: New York
KATHLEEN RUSSELL grew up in rural McMinnville, Oregon among 35 lawn-mowing guinea pigs. She attended Vassar College and graduated in 2006 with departmental honors in film, and a minor in history. There she directed two student short films, The Common Sense Farm, a documentary, and Ciggies, a comedy. She now lives in New York.