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September-December 2014

Free Public Talks

Wednesday evenings unless otherwise noted. At Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia, near 16th Street, San Francisco

A place to meet and talk unmediated by corporations, official spokespeople, religion, political parties, or dogma.

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Incite.../Insight! Free Film Events

Thursday evenings. At New Nothing Cinema, 16 Sherman Alley (near Folsom and 7th).

Shaping San Francisco, The New Nothing Cinema, and the Anthropology and Social Change Department at C.I.I.S. have been collaborating since fall 2012 to screen a film once a month focusing on local activism and political history.

Archive of past talks

Online audio archive of past talks, listed by type:

Partly underwritten by City Lights Foundation and Rainbow Grocery Cooperative with support from The Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

October 23, 2014 • 8 pm
Global Uprisings with filmmakers
Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh in person

Global Uprisings is an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis from around the world. Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh have been travelling, researching, and making short films about the economic crisis and current uprisings. Their short films and articles detail social movements in Spain, Greece, the UK, the US, and Egypt.
This will screen at 16 Sherman Alley, near 7th and Folsom, at 8 pm, part of our ongoing collaborative film series at New Nothing Cinema. It's a bring-something-to-share free event.

October 29, 2014
San Francisco’s Housing Wars 2014

Decades of displacement and eviction have reached another crescendo during 2013-14. Key activists from the 1990s to the present will share tactics and strategies as the war enters its latest stages.

With James Tracy with his new book Dispatches Against Displacement, Erin McElroy of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and Maria Zamudio of Causa Justa.

**We're adding a bonus to this event, with an exhibition of Jason Winshell's photographs from his "Street" series. You can also view the work and chat with the photographer at a reception on Saturday, October 25 from 1 - 4 PM at 518 Valencia Street.

November 5, 2014
Trees and History

Jared Farmer presents his book Trees in Paradise, reading California history through Redwoods/Sequoias, Palms, Citrus, and Eucalyptus. He is joined by Craig Dawson of the Sutro Stewards, a group dedicated to untangling San Francisco’s most fraught forest atop Mt. Sutro.

November 12, 2014
Art & Politics: Janet Delaney
A Photographic History of South of Market

Janet Delaney has been documenting the changing South of Market since its days as a recently deindustrialized district in the early 1970s to its present boom in luxury residential towers.

Our Art & Politics series invites solo artists to talk about their work and share a bit about their process and the relationship of art to politics and vice versa in their work.

November 20, 2014 • 8 pm
"Home is in the Heart" (dir. Ozlem Ayse Ozgur), plus "Oak & Scott: Pausing at High Speed" (dir. Sinem Yilanci)

A sneak preview of the fine cut of Ozlem Ayse Ozgur's "Home is in The Heart" a documentary about a community who lived on the Albany Bulb. The city of Albany evicted them and the residents fought against it in legal ways but at the end they lost the fight. This is a short story about their struggle and how they feel about the eviction.
PLUS: “Oak & Scott: Pausing at High Speed” is an urban tale told by the long term residents of an ever changing intersection of San Francisco. This area of San Francisco is remarkable in many ways which is reflected in the film's topics: Transportation history, Freeway Revolt, first neighborhood association, location on the bicycle route The Wiggle, economic changes, history of the African American population in the area, diversity, children, traffic, gentrification and how all these changes impact the people who call this place their home. (30 mins)

This will screen at 16 Sherman Alley, near 7th and Folsom, at 8 pm, part of our ongoing collaborative film series at New Nothing Cinema. It's a bring-something-to-share free event.

December 3, 2014
Tunneling San Francisco Then and Now: Where’s the Public Interest?

A discussion of the west side tunnels and MUNI expansion in the 1910s, simultaneous to the building of the Hetch Hetchy water and power system by Elizabeth Creely and Catherine Powell, with Tim Redmond to compare today’s infrastructure build-out (Central Subway, sewers, and rebuilding Hetch Hetchy aqueduct).

December 10, 2014
Latin American Social Movements

Clif Ross and Marcy Rein, editors of Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements present a broad overview of the social movements that have pressured one regime after another in Latin America, changing the political calculations for everyone from right to left, from Venezuela to Argentina, Mexico to Chile and more.

Co-hosted by PM Press

December 11, 2014 • 8 pm
"A Question Of Power" (1986, dir. David L. Brown), plus films from the 1980's German Anti-Nuclear Movement

"A Question Of Power" is a moving and informative documentary history of the U.S. antinuclear power movement. Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film focuses on 35 years of grassroots opposition to the “peaceful atom” in California, where the antinuclear power movement was born (in 1959-64 over the proposed Bodega Bay Atomic Park), and reached its peak in 1981 with the protests over the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
ALSO: During the 1980's, Germany experienced its own extremely militant and confrontational anti-nuclear movement, and we will present a selection of films from this era of German activism.
This will screen at 16 Sherman Alley, near 7th and Folsom, at 8 pm, part of our ongoing collaborative film series at New Nothing Cinema. It's a bring-something-to-share free event.