If you miss the film screenings during the opening reception of Refuge in Refuse, never fear! Thanks a special partnership with Bay Area Video Coalition, these films are broadcasting on SF Commons, San Francisco’s Public Access Television Station while the exhibition is on view at SOMArts.
3 films will play back-to-back in the following order, now through the close of the exhibition on March 14, 2015: Wednesdays at 8pm, Saturdays at 5pm, and Sundays at 12pm.
Tune in via SF Commons (Comcast Channel 76, Astound Channel 30) or stream online here.
Bums’ Paradise, a 53-minute documentary by Tomas McCabe that depicts the lives of the men and women who lived in the ten-year-old Albany Landfill community prior to their first eviction in 2002. It follows them through the eviction and documents them one month after the eviction. The film emphasizes their concepts of community as well as the amazing art that they created. Instead of being a documentary about homelessness, Bums’ Paradise considers the question: what if the homeless— the indigent, the bums— told their own stories?
Where Do You Go When it Rains?, a 1 hour 5 minutes digital film, 2009–2014, was written, produced, directed, and edited collectively by Jimbow the Hobow, Katherine Cody, Chester Mounten, Phyl Lewis, Amber Whitson, and Andy Kreamer. It is important to recognize that without a “subject” of a film there would be no film; the characters are the authors. And since this film is unscripted every time someone speaks they are writing, producing, and directing the film by overseeing their own actions. All participants edited the film by viewing hours of footage and deciding what to include and exclude. “We hope that viewers will be moved to legalize being alive on planet earth by watching this glimpse of daily life conversations about common sense at the Albany Bulb. When will the people with so much stop harassing those with so little?” said co-creator Andy Kreamer, “Everyone in the film was forced by police to leave the Bulb and live in much more degrading circumstances ever since.”
Refuge in Refuse, a 37 minute film by Robin Lasser was created in collaboration with the “landfillians” living at the Albany Bulb during the final year prior to their eviction in April 2014. The film highlights the stories and performative actions of residents who choose to live creatively on the cusp of imposing doom. The film draws us into the interior lives of the residents and documents the protests, community and city hall meetings, the daily lives of those who called the Bulb, home. The film presents landfill fashion shows, the building and destruction of Boxer Bob’s landfill mansion, boxercise dance lessons in the gym, and landfill performances by Tamara Robinson, as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West melting at Mad Mark’s Castle Window.