The set list (and the media) for Bill Daniel's screening (courtesy Bill Daniel)

SFVHS: California Artists’ Video 1988-1999
Guest curator/filmmaker Bill Daniel in person

Friday, June 18, 2016
7:30 pm at Eyedrum

Film Love presents legendary filmmaker Bill Daniel, whose 2005 train-hopping graffiti doc Who Is Bozo Texino? and years of activist video work have proven influential on a generation of DIY artists. Fresh from teaching at the revitalized Black Mountain School, Daniel has undertaken a southern tour, guest-curating a treasure trove of rare and nearly forgotten VHS video works from 80s and 90s San Francisco. From the curator:

"Roving artist and makeshift film scholar, Bill Daniel, has dug deep into his milk crate media archive and retrieved a program of videos from the late analog era in San Francisco. During this time Daniel was a member of the Mission District collective Artists’ Television Access, where these works screened. The 80 minute program spans a range of forms from agit prop, pranks, activist documentation, video art, anti-capitalist intervention, and plain old fun.

The tapes are no-budget, raw and playful— most of them produced on simple linear tape-to-tape analog editing systems. Looking back at this era it’s hard not to feel nostalgic for a kind of golden moment as anti-Gulf War protestors take over the Bay Bridge, beer-guzzling soapbox-racing bike messengers take over Bernal Heights for word-of-mouth stagings of The San Francisco Illegal Soapbox Society, and artists modify billboards, participate in anti-logging protests, and retrieve lost pieces of San Francisco’s counter cultural history.

All work presented on the original VHS tapes!"

Provisional selections, subject to change:
Shut Down Downtown Fogtown, Whispered Media, 8 min., 1990
Clarion Alley Mural Project, Jim Kavanaugh, 10 min, 1994
(Jack Wright, performance documentation, ATA Gallery), Bill Daniel, (excerpt), 1988
Slow Gin Soul Stallion, Animal Charm, 3 min, 1996
Thought Crimes in the Satiation Pool, Barry Schwartz, 7 min, 1989
Redwood Report, Greta Snider and Bill Daniel, 22 min, 1990
Circue, Lisa Brennan, 4 min, 1992
Bringing it to You, RT Mark (excerpt.), 1998
Hide, Eric Saks and Patrick Tierney, 1 min, 1990
Endless Endless Summer, Bill Daniel, (excerpt), 1988
On Any Third Sunday, San Francisco Illegal Soapbox Society, 20 min, 1995
Pie Fight 69, Christian Bruno and Sam Green, 7 min. 1999


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