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Lost Landscapes of San Francisco
Sebastopol Center of the Arts
Sebastopol, CA
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Lost Landscapes of San Francisco
Lost Landscapes of San Francisco is a special interactive film presentation hosted by San Francisco archivist, Rick Prelinger

We are very fortunate this year to have Rick Prelinger here to present Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, a feature length, live, cinematic event exhibiting an eclectic montage of rediscovered and rarely-seen film clips showing life, landscapes, labor and leisure in a vanished San Francisco as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen and studio filmmakers.

Sequences in this year's high-definition feast, the seventh chapter in an annual series, will include the Japanese-American community in the Western Addition before redevelopment; shipwrecks off the Northern shoreline; 1930s demonstrations for China Relief; scenes of Playland and Sutro Baths; family films from the Mission, Richmond, Sunset and Excelsior Districts; rediscovered films of San Francisco transit; and newly discovered, never-shown 35mm documentary footage of the waterfront. Much Kodachrome and original 35mm material will be publicly shown for the first time.

While the footage celebrates San Francisco's past, the screening points towards the future. As an historical intervention, the program is designed to encourage Californians to consider San Francisco's future in light of its past. As usual, this screening will be an interactive experience in the style of the Elizabethan theater: come prepared to BE the soundtrack, identify places and events, ask questions, and loudly discuss San Francisco's past and future while the film unreels. Audience participation will be enthusiastically encouraged.

Rick Prelinger ~ Through numerous speaking engagements and scholarly articles over the past 30 years, Rick Prelinger has become the most vocal proponent of moving image archive accessibility, calling on archivists to reverse the past prioritization of preservation over free and democratic use of archival materials. Starting in 1983, Prelinger began building up his own moving image archive, collecting more than 60,000 of what he has coined "ephemeral films"those non-fiction films whose relevance was thought to be finished after they served their initial purpose, but are now understood to contain important clues to the pasthome movies, educational, promotional, industrial, and other amateur films. In 2002, the Library of Congress recognized the historical import of Prelinger's films by acquiring the collection to be protected among other national treasures. True to his commit to access, Prelinger has digitalized thousands of items from his archive to be watched, downloaded, and reused freely through the Creative Commons Public Domain License: http://archive.org/details/prelinger . In 2004, he and his partner, Megan Prelinger, opened the doors to the Prelinger Library in the SOMA district of San Francisco, which houses an impressive collection of print materials, many of them significant for local historians: http://www.prelingerlibrary.org/home/ .


Sebastopol Center of the Arts (View)
282 S High Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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