2023 Schedule
  2023 Films
  2023 Speakers &
  2023 Filmmakers

Reel Work Labor Film Festival


Free Admission at All Events

Thursday, April 27, 2023 • 6 PM

Honoring Labor Through the Arts

Luna Gallery and Eco Art Studio, 107 B The Alameda, San Juan Bautista

Speakers include poets: Elbina Bataka Rafizadeh, Robert Gomez, Crystal Gonzalez.

Watch the trailer for Campesinos.

Stream the full film Ghostly Labor on Vimeo.

Friday, April 28, 2023 • 6 PM

Fruits of Labor

CSUMB Bldg 504 (CAHS), Rm 1401, Seaside

Speaker: Samantha Saldana, CSUMB graduate.

Watch trailer for Fruits of Labor.

Saturday, April 29, 2023 • 1 PM

The Wisconsin TA Strike & When We Fight

CSUMB Bldg 504 (CAHS), Rm 1401, Seaside

Speaker: Ryne Leuzinger, CSUMB faculty.

Saturday, April 29, 2023 • 7 PM

Labor Action in Education

Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Speakers include: Jason Rabinowitz, Teamsters 2010; Yael Bridge, Yoni Golijov & James Russell, filmmakers; Rachel Hitchcock, Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers; Lucia Cantero, filmmaker; and Jack Davies & Sarah Mason, UAW 2865.

Sunday, April 30, 2023 • 2 PM & 6 PM

Please note that the May Day March is not sponsored by Reel Work or RCNV and is only mentioned here as a related community event occurring during the film festival.

City of Steel

Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Speakers include: Bruce Spiegel, filmmaker, Charles McCollister, historian, and Mike Stout, steelworker, singer/songwriter.

Stream the full film City of Steel on Vimeo at city-of-steel.com

The same link will give you virtual entrance to the evening concert.

Monday, May 1, 2023 • 7 PM

International Workers Day

Online Event

Speakers include: Fred Glass, filmmaker.

Watch trailer for We Mean to Make Things Over.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 • 7 PM

The Art of Filmmaking

Online Event

Film: Labzik: Tales of a Clever Pup (Jake Krakovsky, 2021, 52 min, USA) A smart mutt who won’t put up with exploitation.

Speaker: Jake Krakovsky, filmmaker.

Watch trailer for Tales of a Clever Pup.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 • 7 PM

International Film Festival

Online Event

C'era Una Volta a Ribolla (Giovanni Guidelli, 2022, 19 min, Italy) Italy's worst mine disaster.
Cubana 455: Chronicle of October 6 (Enrique Berumen GarcĂ­a, 2022, 30 min selection, Cuba) Who is the terrorist in 1976 airliner bombing?
Sampo (Marziyeh Riahi, 2023, 13 min, Iran) A glimpse into women's work in Iran.
Tangible Memory (Adolfo Ruiz , 2022, 4 min, Canada & Spain) Machinist from Spain reflects on a lifetime working with metal.

Speakers include filmmakers Giovanni Guidelli , Enrique Berumen, and Adolfo Ruiz.

Thursday, May 4, 2023 • 7 PM

City Rising

Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Speaker: Ray Cancino.

Watch trailer for City Rising.

Friday, May 5, 2023 • 7 PM


Cabrillo Watsonville Forum Rm A150, 318 Union Street, Watsonville

Speakers include: Kathleen Kilpatrick, Woody Rehanek, Yanely Martinez, and Mark Weller.

Co-sponored by Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers.

Watch trailer for Fruits of Labor.

Sunday, May 7, 2023 • 3 PM

Sing-Out for Pete's Sake

Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz

Reel Work recommends this related event.

Purchase advance tickets at Eventbrite.

Sunday, May 7, 2023 • 7 PM

Long Haulers

Online Event

Speaker: Amy Reid, filmmaker.

Watch trailer for Long Haulers.

Register to join this online event by Zoom at bit.ly/RW23May7

Monday, May 8, 2023 • 7 PM

No Time To Waste

Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Speaker: Carl Bidleman, filmmaker.
Musicians: Bob Reid & Judi Jaeger, Aileen Vance, and the Santa Cruz Peace Chorale.

Watch trailer for No Time To Waste.

Watch PBS News Hour’s Brief But Spectacular interview with Betty Reid Soskin.

Register to join this hybrid event by Zoom at bit.ly/RW23May8

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