"By turns funny, moving and outrageous sometimes all at once the film is Hal Ashby's masterpiece" Ken Hanke
Harold and Maude, the epitome and prototype of seventies black comedies, is all about soul-sick rich boy Harold (played by 23-year-old Bud Cort, who looked much younger) intrigued by the irrepressible octegenarian, scofflaw, and motorcycle thief Maude. Reviews at the time werenonplussed, but the movie has since emerged as a cult classic, and more than that it's on many, many folks' list of "favorite top ten films EVER."
If you haven't seen this movie, come to a beautiful farm to see it! If you have, come see it with us again!
Hillside Farm is located ot the campus of Elwyn, a residential center for developmentally-disabled children and adults. Elwyn has some of the last open space in Delaware County, and in 2009 decided to make better use of it by renovating their beautiful barn and inviting Greener Partners to start a Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) initiative.
Hillside sells their produce at the Media Farmer's Market, and is generally a wonderful place. Wait until you see the BEAUTIFUL BARN that they have!Seriously -- original trusses, covered in tongue-and-groove hardwood... That thundering noise you hear is a herd of wedding planners with their clipboards, all eager to book this beautiful spot.
In Memory of Krista Boettcher, GDI Member #167
Guerilla Drive-In Member number 167 Krista Boettcher is pictured at right, finding the MacGuffin when it was in the canoe barn at Northbrook Canoe Company.
Krista died in May, 2011, after a 13-year struggle with a brain tumor. Before she died, her fiancee Paul Diener asked if we could show her favorite movie in "a garden, or somewhere that symbolizes new beginnings such as the way the film ends." Showing the movie on a farm, carefully tended by the whole community, seems like a fitting place to show this film. Please come help us remember Krista and savor the spirit that she loved in this movie!
GDI#167 Krista Boettcher with GDI#168 Paul Diener, in 2009
Details and Times
What To Bring: A blanket and/or folding chairs to sit on. Water to drink.
Refreshments will be available from the CSA. They are planning some basil popcorn, lemonade, and probably some other great stuff. Bring some cash! You may bring your own refreshments as well.
Kids: Kids of all ages are welcome. This movie has dark themes, so you'll want to decide whether this movie is right for your tween/teen. In many cases, the answer is "Hell, yes."
Wheelchair access: yes!
Dogs: Sorry, no dogs.
Alcoholic beverages: Elwyn does not allow alcoholic beverages. Please leave your adult beverages at home.
Bathrooms: There is one(!) porta-potty on site.
The bike that Harold and Maude hijack in the movie is
actually a sweet cop-spec Moto Guzzi V7.
Map and Directions
Get to Hillside Farm CSA through the main entrance to Elwyn:
"Take the Elwyn Road entrance to the Elwyn campus across from the train station. First left, pass building on right then around bend and buildings on both sides. Then left at stop sign where it says road closed. Ball field on right, where you can park."
Please let me know what I left off this page by emailing your questions to ! See you then!
MAUDE [to motorcycle officer Tom Skerritt ]: "Don't get officious. You're not yourself when you're officious. That is the curse of a government job!"