Join us for the 2012 September evening of Rough Cuts
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
145 Ninth Street, between Mission and Howard, San Francisco
To attend, please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, September 25th to email@example.com
The Idiocratic Life
Directed by Kent Kessinger
Are utopias doomed to failure? Are Thoreau and his children—Eugene V. Debs, the ‘60s, Skinner—nothing more than the stuff of textbooks barely read in undergraduate seminars?
Kent Kessinger’s “The Idiocratic Life”–a stylishly shot look at counter-culture today—attempts to answer this question, by capturing the faces, stories, and inner struggles of members of communes in America. In the process, Kessinger shines a light on pockets of America rarely seen in film, or anywhere else, and proves that, far from the media’s spotlight, great social experiments—from egalitarianism to anarchy—continue to percolate, and, in some cases, even thrive.
Moderator: Kelly Duane de la Vega
Kelly Duane de la Vega’s documentaries have been screened in film festivals around the world and broadcast on PBS stations and on the Documentary Channel. Her Emmy nominated “Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America” opened theatrically nationwide and is part of the curriculum in more than 50 universities worldwide. Her most recent documentary “Better This World” (POV, 2011) premiered at SXSW and was awarded Best Documentary by both San Francisco International Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival.
For more information about the evening and Rough Cuts in general, visit http://sfroughcuts.com/nextevent.html
Rough Cuts is a series of work-in-progress documentary screenings that are produced every other month at various locations throughout San Francisco. For each evening, we screen one rough cut of a long-form documentary and then moderate a conversation about the film. These post-screening discussions are designed to give the filmmaker a better, more objective sense of what is working and not working with his/her film, with particular attention paid to improving the film’s structure and narrative clarity. We hope that the series also provides a welcome space for local filmmakers, film professionals, and fans of documentary film to meet and talk.