Focal Points: Documentary Shorts from 1969

Oct 14, 2009

(Various directors, 1969, 16mm, 71 min)

Co-presented by the Sprocket Society

In 1969 America was painfully divided by politics, culture and even aesthetics. These short documentaries provide riveting glimpses of the nation at a turning point. Program includes Leo Beuerman, an Oscar-nominated portrait of a severely handicapped man in Lawrence, Kansas; Testimony, Brian Patrick's visit with Pentecostal Christians in Athens, Ohio; Mayday!, a radical newsreel about a Black Panthers rally in San Francisco; Campaign, Tom Palazollo's experimental diary-film of the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests in Chicago; The Kuchar Brothers; Stephen Gebhardt's confessional interview with the most far-out exploitation filmmakers of the decade.

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