In the News – Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000 (September 2010 – ongoing)

A Selection of Press Coverage for the Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000 Project:

Radical Light documents and celebrates the rich tradition of experimental film and video that found fertile ground in the freewheeling Bay Area, a hub of artistic exploration and technological innovation.”
-Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, September 10, 2010


“Tech geeks, beatniks, hipsters, hippies, rockers, punks, feminists, and queers generally love a good experiment. And they'll all find something intriguing in a new, gargantuan history of Bay Area alternative cinema presented by the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Dubbed Radical Light, the history of local art film oddities ends up touching on pretty much every important social movement and technical innovation from the 1880s to the 1990s.”
-David Downs, East Bay Express, September 1, 2010

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“Let's assume you've lived in San Francisco for more than a few years. Perhaps you attended an art gallery in 1955, or a house party in 1980, or dropped into a storefront on Valencia in 1995. In any one of these venues, there was a good chance you'd be confronted with someone's homemade movie, on 16mm in the 1950s, Super 8 in the 1970s, or on video in the 1990s. Anyone who saw-or, god help you, made-these independent films at any time over the last half of the 20th century will get a double dose of Proustian rush with the Pacific Film Archive's Radical Light program of Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000. . . “
-Gregg Rickmann, San Francisco Weekly, September 1, 2010

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“Even in this counterculture world of Bay Area living, the degree to which some of these alternative films have remained alternative over the decades is unexpected.”
-Hannah Jewell, Daily Californian, September 18, 2010

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“Radical Light is an astutely sophisticated sort of scrapbook, and inherently pluralistic. Its whole point is to chronicle our collective cinematic forays into political activism, sexual liberation, literary translation, formal interrogation, technological enhancement, and the timeless art-making impulse to just feel less alone in a weird and variously alienating world.”
-Jonathan Kiefer, KQED Arts, September 13, 2010

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“Working with minimal budgets and little precedent, the cinema pioneers featured in the series ventured in uncharted territory, creating work that so reflected the tenor and cultural zeitgeist of their times. . . “
-Sura Wood, San Francisco Arts Monthly, September 1, 2010

“Avant garde film can certainly feel like a world of hidden gems that most of us will never find. Fortunately the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive goes all out this fall in celebration of Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000. Consider this your avant-garde education, not to mention your duty as a resident of this bohemian city.”
-7X7, October 1, 2010

Posted by admin on September 10, 2010