Five Seasons:
The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

http://fiveseasonsmovie.com/
Directed by Thomas Piper
US, 2018, 75 min, in English and Dutch with English subtitles

Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is known for designing public works like New York City’s popular High Line and the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves. This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in his work, taking us inside Oudolf’s creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.

"A pleasure on multiple fronts: sensorially, conceptually, narratively."
- Landscape Architecture Magazine



UPCOMING SCREENINGS 

 
 
 
 
 
Easton, MD
October 11-14, 2018
Chesapeake Film Festival
 
Great Barrington, MA
October 13, 2018
Berkshire International Film Festival
 
Philadelphia, PA
October 22, 2018
Center / Architecture + Design
 
 Asheville, NC
October 25 & November 1, 2018
Reem's Creek Nursery
 
 
Dallas, TX
November 1, 2018
Dallas Public Library
 
Vashon Island, WA
November 4, 2018
Vashon Theatre
 
Memphis, TN
November 6, 2018
Memphis Botanic Garden
 
Friday Harbor, WA
November 11, 2018
Master Gardeners of San Juan County
 
Pacific Palisades, CA
November 13, 2018
Sherman Library and Gardens

Eugene, OR
November 14, 2018
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

College Station, TX
December 2, 2018
Texas Master Gardeners at Texas A&M University

Houston, TX
December 7, 2018
14 Pews

Fairfax, VA
January 27, 2019
Friends of Green Spring Gardens

Pocatello, ID
February 21, 2019
Portneuf Valley Audobon Society

Midland, MI
February 22, 2019
Dow Gardens

Birmingham, AL
February 23, 2019
The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

St. Louis, MO
February 26-27, 2019
Shoenberg Theater at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Hopewell, NJ
March 5, 2019
Hopewell Theater

Tacoma, WA
March 22, 2019
Tacoma Garden Club

PAST SCREENINGS 

Washington, DC
March 17 & 21, 2018
Environmental Film Festival in The Nation's Capital

Philadelphia, PA
April 7, 2018
Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival 

Princeton, NJ
April 9, 2018
Princeton Environmental Film Festival 

Greenwich, CT
April 9, 2018
Greenwich Library

Winnipeg, Manitoba - Canada
April 19, 2018
Winnipeg Film Group Cinematheque

Portland, OR
April 22, 2018
Portland Ecofilm Festival

Salt Lake City, UT
April 24, 2018
Utah Film Center

Austin, TX
April 25, 2018
The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center

Millerton, NY
April 28, 2018
The Moviehouse

Columbus, OH
April 26-May 4, 2018
Gateway Film Center

Louisville, KY
May 18-20, 2018
Speed Art Museum

Dallas, TX
May 18, 2018
Dallas Museum of Art

Millerton, NY
May 20, 2018
The Moviehouse

Vancouver, Canada
May 18-21, 30, 31, 2018
Vancity Theatre

Toronto, ON
May 25, 27, 28, 31, June 1-7, 2018
Hot Docs Cinema

Fort Collins, CO
June 12, 2018
Lyric Cinema

Vancouver, Canada
June 16, 2018
Vancity Theatre

Seattle, WA
June 15-21, 2018
Northwest Film Forum

Chicago, IL
June 15-21, 2018
*Director Tom Piper in person June 15
 
North Waterloo, ON, Canada
June 15-24, 2018
Princess Cinemas

Victoria, BC, Canada
June 15-21, 25-28 2018
The Vic Theatre

Bellingham, WA
June 28, 2018 - SOLD OUT
Pickford Film Center

San Francisco, CA
June 29-July 1, 2018
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Pasadena, CA
June 30-July 1, 2018
Laemmle Playhouse 7

New York, NY
June 13-July 5, 2018
 
Sebastopol, CA
June 29-July 5, 2018
*Director Tom Piper in person July 1 @ 6:30pm
 
Cobourg, ON, Canada
June 21, July 1,8, 2018
The Loft Cinema
 
Hartford, CT
June 29-July 8, 2018
Real Art Ways
 
St.Helena, CA
July 2, 2018 - SOLD OUT
*Director Tom Piper in person @ 7:45pm
 
Pasadena, CA
July 7 & 8, 2018
Laemmle Playhouse 7
 
Los Angeles, CA
June 29-July 10, 2018
*Q&A with Director Tom Piper moderated by Duane Border, President of ASLA  Southern California June 29 @ 7:30pm
 
Bellingham, WA
July 10, 2018 - ENCORE SCREENING
Pickford Film Center

Camas, WA
June 29-July 12, 2018
Liberty Theatre

Omaha, NE
July 6-12 2018
Film Streams
 
Guelph, ON, Canada
July 7-11, 2018
Bookshelf Cinema
 
Pasadena, CA
July 14 & 15, 2018
Laemmle Playhouse 7
 
San Rafael, CA
June 29-July 17, 2018
*Director Tom Piper in person June 30
 
Overland Park, KS
July 22, 2018
Glenwood Arts
 
Pasadena, CA
July 21 & 22, 2018
Laemmle Playhouse 7
 
Portland, ME
July 20-22 2018
Portland Museum of Art
 
Berkeley, CA
June 29-July 26, 2018
*Director Tom Piper in person July 1 @ 2:10pm

Cary, NC
July 19, 20, 26, 29 2018
The Cary Theater

Lambertville, NJ
July 20 & 29, 2018*
*Director Tom Piper in person July 20

Olympia, WA
July 21, 24, 26, 2018
Olympia Film Society

New York NY 
July 29 & August 5, 2018
*Director Tom Piper in person July 29 @ 7:30pm
 
Hudson, NY
August 3-6, 2018
Time and Space Limited 

Santa Fe, NM
July 13-August 9, 2018
Violet Crown - Santa Fe

New York, NY
August 9, 2018
Cactus Store NY

Boylstown, MA
August 11, 2018
Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Cleveland, OH
August 17, 2018
Cleveland Museum of Art

Fishers Island, NY
August 19, 2018*
*Director Tom Piper in person 

Kingston, Ontario, Canada
August 17-23, 2018
The Screening Room

Three Oaks, MI
August 22, 2018
Vickers Theatre

Dayton, OH
August 26, 2018
The Neon

New Orleans, LA
August 23-26, 2018
Architecture and Design Film Festival 

Ann Arbor, MI
August 17-30, 2018
Michigan Theater

Winston-Salem, NC
August 28, 2018
aperture cinema

Norfolk, VA
August 28, 2018
Naro Cinema

New Orleans, LA
August 31-September 7, 2018
Zeitgeist Arts Center

Hudson, NY
September 6,7,9,10, 2018
Time and Space Limited 

Winchester, VA
September 3 & 12, 2018
Alamo Drafthouse - Winchester

Larkspur, CA
September 6, 7, 11, 13, 2018
Lark Theater

Tallahassee, FL
September 7 & 9, 2018
Tallahassee Film Society

Devon, PA
September 9, 2018
*Q&A with Director Tom Piper
 
Glen Mills, PA
September 10, 2018
*Q&A with Director Tom Piper

Boston, MA
September 2-16, 2018
Museum of Fine Arts - Boston

Des Moines, IA
September 16, 2018
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Overland Park, KS
September 16, 2018
Glenwood Arts

Phoenix, AZ
September 19, 2018*
*Sponsored by ASLA Arizona
 
Hebron, IL
September 21, 2018
Ornamental Grass Day
 
Elmhurst, IL
September 26, 2018
York Theatre
 
Tallahassee, FL
September 30, 2018
Tallahassee Film Society
 
Palo Alto, CA
October 3, 2018
Gamble Garden
 
Sedona, AZ
October 8, 2018
Mary D. Fisher Theatre
 
Damariscotta, ME
October 11, 2018
Lincoln Theater
 

SHORT SYNOPSIS

Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is known for designing public works like New York City’s popular High Line and Chicago’s Millennium Park that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves. This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in his work, taking us inside Oudolf’s creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.

LONG SYNOPSIS

After completing a feature documentary on New York’s High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new project was born. Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas. Intimate discussions take place through all fours seasons in Piet’s own gardens at Hummelo, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania. As a narrative thread, the film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts center in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet. Piet Oudolf has radically redefined what gardens can be. As Rick Darke, the famous botanist, says to Piet in the film, “your work teaches us to see what what we have been unable to see.” Through poetic cinematography and unique access, Five Seasons reveals all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see.

TRAILER

REVIEWS

"Gorgeous."
Village Voice

"Makes lovely visual music."
Chicago Tribune

"Reveals gardens you'd look forward to getting lost in."
Los Angeles Times

"Ethereal."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Anyone who relishes time in a garden will understand and cherish."
East Bay Times

"Delightful."
SF WEEKLY

"Those with a green thumb will be delighted to discover new ways to think about their gardens."
Santa Fe New Mexican

"Mesmerizing."
Los Angeles Times

"Elegaic."
Washington Post

"Chock-full of spark and life ."
LA Weekly

"Wonderful, quiet and meditative."
Santa Monica Daily Press

"Gorgeous, meditative."
The Georgia Straight

"Brimming with beauty."
It's Just Movies

"Horticulturalists and all plant lovers will be mesmerized..."
Film Journal International

"An elegant, poignant, and unprecedented glimpse into the 73-year-old designer’s world and thoughts."
Gardenista

"Beautifully composed."
This Week in NY

"Should delight and inspire anyone currently chomping at the bit to update their own gardens.."
The Gate Magazine

" An inspiring sensory immersion."
Hollywood Reporter

"There is amazing beauty in it and in its creation; beauty that you may not see unless you stop for a moment to really look for it."
The Impatient Gardener

"This movie unveils the intricate planning, and numerous collaborations, that are required to create a self-involving-and somewhat ephemeral-art work."
Medium

"You load yourself up with beauty and you are transformed in your work."
Spirituality and Practice

"A loving reverential work."
Architectural Record

"Five Seasons a visually enjoyable visit to some of the amazing gardens Oudolf has designed.."
Screen Fish

"Beautiful."
The Stranger

"A pleasure on multiple fronts: sensorially, conceptually, narratively."
 Landscape Architecture Magazine

"Magical."
Melbourne Age

"Pure delight."
The Planthunter

"Some kind of magic."
Radio New Zealand

INTERVIEWS & MEDIA

The Detroit News

The Village Voice - Piet Oudolf Slide Show

KWMR

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