Cine Manifest: A Radical 1970s Film Collective

June 20–30, 2019

Active in the 1970s, the Bay Area–based political film collective Cine Manifest is little known today, but their works still speak to our own troubled times. Former members join us to reminisce and present their works in person.

 

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  • The Prairie Trilogy

  • Northern Lights

  • Over-Under, Sideways-Down

  • Cine Manifest

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Upcoming Films

  • The Prairie Trilogy

    John Hanson, Rob Nilsson
    United States, 1978-80
    • Thursday, June 20 7 PM
    Rob Nilsson in Person

    John Hanson and Rob Nilsson uncover a forgotten progressive history with this rousing trilogy of shorts on the life of North Dakota poet and socialist organizer Henry Martinson, that “sunniest of radicals” (Village Voice).

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  • Northern Lights

    John Hanson, Rob Nilsson
    United States, 1978
    • Sunday, June 23 7 PM
    Rob Nilsson in Person

    This winner of the 1979 Cannes Grand Jury Prize is a stunning, gritty re-creation of Midwestern agrarian life circa 1915, tracing the origins of the Nonpartisan League, a short-lived grassroots political movement against corporate takeovers.

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  • Over-Under, Sideways-Down

    Eugene Corr, Steve Wax, Peter Gessner
    United States, 1977
    • Thursday, June 27 7 PM
    Eugene Corr and Stephen Lighthill in Person

    This East Bay–made drama explores the politics of everyday life in America through the experiences of a working-class couple caught between their assembly-line reality and a dream of stepping up. “A deeply sensitive, perceptive film, and an important precursor to a whole host of independent American films to come” (Anthology Film Archives).

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  • Cine Manifest

    Judy Irola
    United States, 2006
    • Sunday, June 30 4:30 PM
    Judy Irola and Cine Manifest Members in Person

    Cine Manifest member Judy Irola documents the collective’s reunion after thirty years in this frank, often hilarious investigation of the hopes, ideals, and sometimes messy realities of life in a leftist 1970s film collective.

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