Saturday, November 28, 2009

Coit Tower Film Projections

Coit Tower Projection 2009 photo by Marlo McKenzieThe projections onto Coit Tower were a great success! Both evenings (the 25th and 26th) were warm and clear and a group came up to the tower to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Indian's of all tribes occupation of Alcatraz and to start a conversation about San Francisco's first people, the Ohlone. The press also showed up. CBS 5's, Don Knapp did a piece so did Dana King and Phil Matier. Anna Bloom also did a nice write up and video (see below).

I was in awe to play a small role in this event. Some of the films were:

-Alcatraz Is Not an Island (James Fortier)
-Rendezvouz with Alcatraz (Ben Wood & David Mark)
-Welcome to Ohlone Territory (Marlo Mckenzie and Neil Maclean)
Ohlone Families (Charlene Sul, Anthony Sul
-San Bruno Mountain (Keith Moreau and Sam Ellis Moreau)
-Native America segments by Lorenzo

Coit Tower Projection from Anna Bloom on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Becoming a Hero

I  stumbled out of the theater seething after seeing Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story. The perfect date movie spurs visions more akin to Baader-Meinhof after you learn facts such as “there's a foreclosure filing once every 7.5 seconds, or 14,000 people every day lose their health insurance and we now have the highest unemployment rate since 1983.”

Fortunately Mike and team has posted a peaceful action list for us all on his website where he offers solutions like, declaring a moratorium on all home evictions or putting your money in a credit union instead of a bank.

A friend of mine suggested that we bombard congress with calls demanding they Enact Roosevelt's Second Bill of Rights.

Another friend suggested that someone might form a news corporation called CEO Stalker where we all keep a very tight eye on the fat bonuses being paid out and trickle down economics in action.

Despite our choice of tactics what Moore's movie does, is remind us all that it's time to don our capes, put on our spandex red underwear with accenting yellow belt and become who we are. It's time to find our way back to Kansas, to join the rebel alliance and destroy the space star. How fortunate we are to be born in a time when all of us are called upon to be heroes! Our task is large, we must save the earth and it's inhabitants from destruction by evil forces who will stop at nothing to accumulate increasing wealth and power. If we fail, the human race as we know it will end, and the earth itself may possibly die. If we succeed, we can create a future for our children and all creatures of the earth that is peaceful and joyous. And we simpletons will be celebrated in song and legend over a mug of beer.

The world we dream of can be won. It exists, if we wake up and remember our spark, that flame will lead the way.

May the force be with you.