The San Francisco History Center's SF Punk Archive presents a free four-part film series that takes you from the chaos of contemporaneous footage to recent documentaries striving to illuminate a hidden history.
Ten short years after the ultimately disenchanting Summer of Love, San Francisco harbored a new counterculture united around unrepressed outrage and the rejection of hypocrisy. Punk erupted from the city's dark cellars and dingy underage clubs but was snubbed by local press and radio. Self-made zines, handbills, Super-8 film, vinyl and video became the instruments for recording and disseminating this explosive movement.
Join us for an entertaining and illuminating exploration of the birth of San Francisco's original punk underground.
Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the program which will begin at 6 pm. The auditorium will open at 5:30.
In the Moment: Shorts and clips from 1977-1980Wednesday, December 20, 6 pm, Main Library, Koret Auditorium.Louder, Faster, Shorter (Mindaugis Bagdon, 1979)The Avengers, Dils, Mutants, Sleepers, and UXA perform at a benefit for striking Kentucky coal miners at the Mabuhay, March, 1978.In the Red (Liz Keim, Karen Merchant, 1979)A collage of live performance, intimate interviews, and cityscapes, with Will Shatter, Danny Furious, and more.Deaf/Punk (Richard Gaikowski, Joegh Bullock, 1979) a rare showing of this B&W 16mm film with live footage of the Offs at the Deaf Club. Courtesy of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Pacific Film Archive.Plus archival clips from Pink Section, and a peek at the forthcoming San Francisco’s First and Only Rock and Roll Movie: CRIME 1978Followed by a Q & A with filmmakers Bagdon and Keim.
Photo credit: The Avengers at Mabuhay Gardens, Marcus Leatherdale, from the SF Punk Archive, San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.