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Reel Work Labor Film Festival

2017 SCHEDULE

Admission to all events is by voluntary donation

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY EVENTS
MONTEREY COUNTY EVENTS
SAN JOSE EVENTS

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY EVENTS

Saturday, April 15

8 pm • Quaker Meetinghouse, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz

Global Consciousness 101: Social Control, Misdirection and Propaganda

WACO: THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: Director's Cut

(William Gazecki, 1997, 152 min, USA)

Devastating evidence of federal law enforcement's choice to prioritize violence, control and obfuscation over negotiation, diplomacy and transparency. The film reveals how ATF agents' injuries and deaths were avoidable, sacrificed to dramatically justify budget increases.

Speaker: William Gazecki will participate in Q&A via Skype

Tuesday, April 18

7 pm • Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz

THE TRUE COST
Trailer for The True Cost

(Andrew Morgan, 2015, 92 min, International)

A story about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of most clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.

Discussion to follow the film.

Speakers: Local organic clothing retailers Elaine Berke, Eco Goods, and Paul Cheatham, No Enemy

Wednesday, April 19

6 pm • Kresge Seminar Room #159, UCSC, Porter-Kresge Rd, Santa Cruz

Theme: The Right To Sleep

OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
Preview of Out of Sight Out of Mind

(Brent Adams, 2017, 15 min, California)

Adams visited 17 cities in Central and Southern California, video-interviewing more than 100 people on his tour of the West Coast, investigating homelessness and homeless camps. On-camera interviews focus on the lived experience of people who sleep outside in cities that are unaware of the scope of the problem. People who have nothing are often willing to give everything.

FREEDOM SLEEPERS

(Israel Dawson, 2016, 20 min, Santa Cruz)

When the shelter closed its emergency services in 2015, Dawson spent a year following the Tuesday night sleep protests at City Hall. He highlights the cruel and unusual punishment of the anti-sleeping law in Santa Cruz and the resistance of the homeless and their supporters to bring an end to the sleeping ban.

HOLDING OUT

(Rebecca Gourevitch, 2016, 20 min, San Francisco)

With an eviction crisis reaching epic proportions in San Francisco, the city's tenants must navigate changing landscapes and communities. The film questions the relationship between developers and City Hall, exposing what is at stake, and who stands to lose, in the city's quest to assert its role as tech's capital.

Speakers: Keith McHenry, co-founder of Food Not Bombs; Brent Adams, filmmaker; Rebecca Gourevitch, filmmaker

Thursday, April 20

7 pm • Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

International Labor Films

THE COST OF GOLD

(Chuck Fadely & Debbie M Price, 2012, 14 min, Philippines)

Documentary about the humanitarian costs of gold mining in the Philippines, which often uses child labor and involves very unsafe working conditions.

SLAVERY AT SEA

(The Guardian, 2015, 14 min, Thailand)

A Guardian investigation has linked Thailand's fishing industry with the vast transnational trafficking syndicates profiting from the misery of some of the most persecuted people on Earth.

FRUITS OF THEIR LABOUR

(Amnesty International, 2016, 13 min, Indonesia)

Big brand names are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights abuses in Indonesia, with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions.

SOMETHING IN THE WATER

(Leo David Hyde, 2016, 16 min, Greece)

The fight against water privatization by Greek unions in the city of Thessaloniki.

Speaker: Angie Ngoc Tran, Ph.D., Professor, Political Economy, CSUMB

Friday, April 21

7 pm • Appleton Grill, 410 Rodriguez St., Watsonville

Watsonville Mother Earth Film Series

HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change
Trailer for How To Let Go Of The World

(Josh Fox, 2016, 125 min, USA)

The Oscar Nominated director continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

Saturday, April 22

8 pm • Quaker Meetinghouse, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz

Global Consciousness 101: Environmental Sustainibility

THE BIG FIX
Trailer for The Big Fix

(Joshua & Rebecca Harrell Tickell, 2012, 89 min, USA)

This documentary examines the April 2010 oil spill and botched “cleanup” in the Gulf of Mexico following the sinking of British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

Sunday, April 23

7 pm • Resource Center For Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

DIVIDED WE FALL
Madison Capitol Rotunda during the Wisconsin Uprising

(Katherine Acosta, 2017, 89 min, USA)

A critical look at the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising tracing the genesis of the historic capitol occupation and weeks-long protests from the perspective of graduate teaching assistants at the center of the action

Speaker: Katherine Acosta, filmmaker

Tuesday, April 25

7 pm • Resource Center For Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Theme: Affordable Housing

SEVEN DAYS OF PAH-BARCELONA

(Pau Faus, 2014, 52 min, Spain)

A week in the life of the massive anti-eviction citizen’s movement which has spread throughout Spain, PAH (in English: Platform for People Affected by Mortgages). Successful tactics include empowering those harmed by the banks, showing up en masse to stop evictions, and settling people in vacant housing owned by the banks.

Wednesday, April 26

7 pm • Resource Center For Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

Theme: The Best Healthcare Alternative

NOW IS THE TIME: Healthcare for Everybody
Trailer for Now Is The Time

(Terry Sterrenberg & Laurie Simons, 2016, 35 min, USA)

How a single-payer healthcare system provides better health outcomes at less cost.

FIX IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point

(Richard Master, 2016, 38 min, USA)

Best business practices point to single-payer healthcare as a boon for employers.

Speakers: Paul Y. Song, MD, California Physicians Alliance; Jennifer Holm, RN, California Nurses Association

Thursday, April 27

7 pm • Del Mar Theatre, 1124 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

IN DUBIOUS BATTLE
Trailer for In Dubious Battle

(James Franco, 2016, 110 min, USA)

Passionate adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Depression-era novel about fruit pickers organizing for a strike in California' apple orchards. This story is from another era, but the workers' struggle in a system that is rigged against them feels all too familiar today.

Speakers: Susan Shillinglaw, Director, National Steinbeck Center; César Lara, Executive Director, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council

Saturday, April 29

7 pm • Cabrillo College Watsonville Center, Forum Room A150, 318 Union St, Watsonville

Workplace Harassment—From Rudeness to Rape

ON BULLYING: 4 short videos

From Dr. Gary Namie, the Workplace Bullying Institute.

RAPE IN THE FIELDS

(Lowell Bergman & Andres Cediel, 2013, 54 min, USA)

The hidden price many migrant women working in fields and packing plants in the US pay to stay employed and provide for their families.

Speaker: Bill Monning, California State Senator; representatives of Monarch Services and California Rural Legal Assistance

Sunday, April 30

11 am • Nickelodeon Theatre, 210 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz

DO NOT RESIST
Trailer for Do Not Resist

(Craig Atkinson, 2017, 72, USA)

An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States, from the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, to controversial new technologies, including predictive policing algorithms. Tribeca Festival Best Documentary winner.

Speaker: Norm Stamper, former Seattle Chief of Police

Sunday, April 30

3 pm • Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz

Theme: Together to End Solitary

SOLITARY: Inside Red Onion State Prison
Trailer for Solitary

(Kristi Jacobson, 2016, 82 min, USA)

With unprecedented access over the course of one year, director Kristi Jacobson offers a revealing and moving portrait of life inside solitary confinement.

Speaker: Dolores Canales, California Families Against Solitary Confinement

Sunday, April 30

7 pm • Resource Center For Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz

PETE SEEGER: THE POWER OF SONG
Trailer for Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

(Jim Brown, 2007, 93 min, USA)

Patriot. Activist. Environmentalist. Blacklisted. Legend. In the only authorized biography, Jim Brown documents the life of one of the greatest American singer/songwriters of the last century. Pete Seeger was the architect of the folk revival, writing some of its best known songs including Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Turn, Turn, Turn, and If I Had A Hammer. He got a whole generation interested in playing guitar and banjo, got them singing together, and helped introduce America to its own folk heritage, while using music as an instrument for social change.

Performance: Santa Cruz Peace Chorale, Aileen Vance, Conductor

Monday, May 1

5:30 pm • Clock Tower, Pacific Ave at Water St, Santa Cruz

International Workers Day

MAY DAY MARCH

Gather for a rally at the Town Clock to celebrate the REAL Labor Day, march through downtown, ending at The MAH for the evening’s Reel Work show.

Monday, May 1

7 pm • Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz

International Workers Day

Theme: We Who Work: Short Films

¡SÍ SE PUEDE!

(Eddie Wong, 1987, 41 min, Watsonville)

30th anniversary of immigrant women workers taking charge of their union in 18 month strike. Unfinished rough cut of film produced for the Cannery Workers Organizing Project.

FARE SHARE

(Adrienne von Wolffersdorff, 2016, 30 min, USA)

Uber and Lyft drivers reveal the complexities of Seattle's burgeoning ride-share industry and the challenge of protecting workers' rights while the nature of work is rapidly changing.

Speakers: Eddie Wong, filmmaker; Dana Frank, professor of labor history and social movements

MONTEREY COUNTY EVENTS

Wednesday, April 19

7 pm • Aromas Grange, 400 Rose Ave, Aromas

NOW IS THE TIME: Healthcare for Everybody
Trailer for Now Is The Time

(Terry Sterrenberg & Laurie Simons, 2016, 71 min, USA)

How a single-payer healthcare system provides better health outcomes at less cost.

Speaker: Sally Gwin-Satterlee, Medicare For All - Santa Cruz

Thursday April 20

8 pm • CSUMB Library, Building #508, Room 1188, 3054 Divarty St, Seaside

Movie Mania

PETE SEEGER: THE POWER OF SONG
Trailer for Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

(Jim Brown, 2007, 93 min, 35mm)

Musician. Patriot. Activist. Environmentalist. Blacklisted. Legend. In the only authorized biography, Jim Brown documents the life of one of the greatest American singer/songwriters of the last century. Pete Seeger was the architect of the folk revival, writing some of its best known songs including Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Turn, Turn, Turn, and If I Had A Hammer. He got a whole generation interested in playing guitar and banjo, got them singing together, and helped introduce America to its own folk heritage, while using music as an instrument for social change.

Monday, April 24

6 pm • Art Works Studio, American Tin Cannery #209, 150 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove

FREEDOM SLEEPERS

(Israel Dawson, 2016, 20 min, Santa Cruz)

When the shelter closed its emergency services in 2015, Dawson spent a year following the Tuesday night sleep protests at City Hall. He highlights the cruel and unusual punishment of the anti-sleeping law in Santa Cruz and the resistance of the homeless and their supporters to bring an end to the sleeping ban.

OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
Preview of Out of Sight Out of Mind

(Brent Adams, 2017, in production, California)

Adams visited 17 cities in Central and Southern California, video-interviewing more than 100 people on his tour of the West Coast, investigating homelessness and homeless camps. On-camera interviews focus on the lived experience of people who sleep outside in cities that are unaware of the scope of the problem. People who have nothing are often willing to give everything.

HOLDING OUT

(Rebecca Gourevitch, 2016, 20 min, San Francisco)

With an eviction crisis reaching epic proportions in San Francisco, the city's tenants must navigate changing landscapes and communities. The film questions the relationship between developers and City Hall, exposing what is at stake, and who stands to lose, in the city's quest to assert its role as tech's capital.

Speakers: Keith McHenry, co-founder of Food Not Bombs; Brent Adams, filmmaker; Rebecca Gourevitch, filmmaker

Wednesday, April 26

6 pm • Maya Cinemas, 153 Main Street, Salinas

IN DUBIOUS BATTLE
Trailer for In Dubious Battle

(James Franco, 2016, 110 min, USA)

Passionate adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Depression-era novel about fruit pickers organizing for a strike in California' apple orchards. This story is from another era, but the workers' struggle in a system that is rigged against them feels all too familiar today.

Speakers: Susan Shillinglaw, Director, National Steinbeck Center; Frank Bardacke, labor activist and author

Thursday, April 27

12 noon • CSUMB Gambord BIT Building # 506, Room 111, 3052 Divarty St, Seaside

THE COST OF GOLD

(Chuck Fadely & Debbie M Price, 2012, 14 min, Philippines)

Documentary about the humanitarian costs of gold mining in the Philippines, which often uses child labor.

SLAVERY AT SEA

(Guardian, 2015, 14 min, Thailand)

A Guardian investigation has linked Thailand's fishing industry with the vast transnational trafficking syndicates profiting from the misery of some of the most persecuted people on Earth.

FRUITS OF THEIR LABOUR

(Amnesty International, 2016, 13 min, Indonesia)

Big brand names are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights abuses in Indonesia, with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions.

Speaker: Angie Ngoc Tran, Ph.D., Professor, Political Economy, CSUMB

Thursday, April 27

6 pm • Center For Change, 1238 Fremont Blvd, Seaside

THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY
Trailer for The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

(Greg Palast, 2016, 114 min, USA)

A powerful documentary about the conspiracy to repress minority votes through the 30-state "Crosscheck" program and the theft of our democracy by deep-pocketed moneyed interests and their Republican stooges in the red states. The filmmaker is an investigative reporter who has studied the Koch brothers for 20 years.

Friday, April 28

12 noon • CSUMB Ocean Hall Building 86C, Room 120, 2051 Inter-Garrison Rd, Marina

THE TRUE COST
Trailer for The True Cost

(Andrew Morgan, 2015, 92 min, International)

Explores the impact of fashion on people and the planet.

SAN JOSE EVENTS

Friday, April 28

7 pm • San José Peace & Justice Center

STARVING THE BEAST
Trailer for Starving the Beast

(Steve Mims, 2016, 95 min, USA)

In an ideological war over public higher education, free-market advocates are trying to reframe college as a consumer product while brandishing a credo that would apply business-world values and metrics to state universities. Education as a business, not a public responsibility, dovetails nicely with the small-government movement to "starve the beast."

Speaker: Steve Mims, filmmaker (invited)

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