Naked Gardens

Documentary Competition

World Premiere

FEATURE | United States, France | 90 MINUTES | English |


Women, Documentary, LGBTQIA+, Art

At a family naturist resort in Florida, residents aim to feel accepted and at home. It serves as a haven to a community of nudists that have chosen to leave their prior lives behind and settle down in an environment that fosters like-minded ideals and a commitment to treat each other without judgements. Morley, the elderly administrator, keeps the resort operating as smoothly as possible - with support from younger adults like Jeremy, a dutiful father who is often the de facto ‘handyman’ of the resort. Other residents - like Jamie and Gretchen - end up struggling with personal issues of their own, continually working to resolve past traumas or rise above grief and loss. They all strive to coexist with shared goals, all while working on their own problems and insecurities.

In Naked Gardens, directors Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan (Pahokee) craft a patient and emotionally vulnerable story about empathy and the belief in pursuing a more perfect society. Lucas & Bresnan explore these nuanced mature topics with thoughtful moments of cheeky levity - their attentive lens always curiously observing the community of nudists, but never condescending to them. Watching Naked Gardens, the viewer’s own assumptions and biases about this nudist community shift as the ensemble stories progress. By the end, Lucas & Bresnan commandingly deliver a potent insight into the toxicity of judging others and spotlight a unified community sharing a constructive philosophy on life.

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Directed by Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan

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.

Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan
Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas, Tabs Breese, Julia Nottingham, Roberto Minervini and Denise Ping Lee
Ivete Lucas
Patrick Bresnan
Ivete Lucas
Executive Producer
Matthew Perniciaro, Jimmy Goodmon, Shelly Leslie, John W Copeland
Associate Producer
Shakira Refos
Laurence Reymond, Emanuela Righi, Kelsey Oluk
Jeremy, McKayla, Jamie, Gretchen, Deedee, Serenity, Morley


US Sales Contact
Amanda Lebow
Creative Artists Agency
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 424 288 2000
International Sales Contact
Amanda Lebow
Creative Artists Agency
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 424 288 2000