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Reel Work Labor Film Festival

2018 SCHEDULE

Admission to all events is by voluntary donation

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY EVENTS
MONTEREY COUNTY EVENTS
SAN JOSE EVENTS

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY EVENTS

Sunday, April 22

2 pm • Media Theater, UCSC

Together To End Solitary

CRUEL AND UNUSUAL: the Story of the Angola 3
Trailer for Cruel and Unusual

(Vadim Jean, 2017, 102min, USA)

Three Black men spent a combined 113 torturous years in solitary confinement, framed for organizing against injustice inside Angola Prison in Louisiana. This documentary follows their decades-long struggle for justice and the building of a national and international movement to end solitary confinement.

Speakers: Craig Haney, UCSC Professor of Psychology and Law; Marie Levin, California Families Against Solitary Confinement

Tuesday, April 24

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

No Money Bail

THE BAIL TRAP: American Ransom
Trailer for The Bail Trap

(Brave New Films, 2017, excerpts from 6-part series, USA)

Money bail is one of the main causes of mass incarceration in the United States. The reality is that as many as 70% of people in jail in the U.S. have not been convicted of a crime but are awaiting trial. Low-income people are sitting in jails for days, months, and even years simply because they can't afford to pay high bail amounts. And those who can make bail are enriching private insurance companies to the tune of billions each year. This must end.

Discussion to follow the film.

Panel: Discussion led by local experts

Wednesday, April 25

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

Standing Rock

BLACK SNAKE KILLAZ: A #NODAPL STORY
Trailer for Black Snake Killaz

(Unicorn Riot, 2017, 120 min, USA)

A chronicle of the water protectors' resistance to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that exposes actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest to stop the oil pipeline that unfolded on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation throughout 2016.

Speakers: Unicorn Riot journalists

Thursday, April 26

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

DOLORES
Trailer for Dolores

(Peter Bratt, 2017, 96min, USA)

Among the most important yet least known activists in U.S. history, Dolores Huerta was an equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, but her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. She started as a young activist at Stockton High School, was the mother of eleven children, and is now deservedly gaining credit for her many contributions in empowering working people.

Speakers: Terry Sandoval, United Healthcare Workers - West; Francisco Rodriguez, Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers

Friday, April 27

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

5 pm • Mural Making in the lobby

A NEW COLOR: The Art of Being Edythe Boone
Trailer for A New Color

(Mo Morris, 2015, 57min, USA)

Celebrated SF Bay Area muralist paints walls to build bridges toward unity when the choke-hold death of her nephew, Eric Gardner, and his final words ignite a national outcry for racial justice.

Artist Talk: Edythe Boone, muralist

Saturday, April 28

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

Workers Memorial Day

UNION TIME: Fighting for Workers' Rights
Trailer for Union Time

(Matthew Barr, 2016, 86min, USA)

One of the greatest union victories of the 21st century was the 15 year fight to organize Smithfield Foods' pork processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. From 1993 to 2008, workers struggled against dangerous working conditions, intimidation, and low pay. They were organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, whose "Justice for Smithfield Workers" campaign brought national attention to the plight of the plant workers, and ultimately fair working conditions for 5,000 workers.

Speaker: Dana Frank, Professor of labor history at UCSC

Sunday, April 29

3 pm • Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz

DACA

I WAS BORN IN MEXICO BUT...
Trailer for I Was Born in Mexico But...

(Corey Ohama, 2014, 12min, USA)

A creative portrait of a young woman who thought she was a U.S. citizen but finds out as a teen that she is undocumented. Because she doesn't want to appear on camera, found footage from U.S. culture illuminates her voice as she struggles with her new identity and the reality of not being able to legally drive, work or reside in the U.S.

VIDA DIFERIDA (LIFE, DEFERRED)
Trailer for Life Deferred

(Brenda Avila Hanna, 2017, 23min, USA)

The story of Vanessa, an undocumented teenager who was born in Mexico but has lived in the United States since she was six. After the announcement of the policy known as "Deferred Action," Vanessa contemplates the possibility of a future she was ready to give up on. How will this life-changing opportunity impact her life and the lives of those around her?

Speakers: Corey Ohama, filmmaker; Brenda Avila Hanna, filmmaker; Gabriela Cruz, Santa Cruz Dreamers Project

Tuesday, May 1

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

Theme: International Workers Day

AWAKE: A Dream from Standing Rock
Trailer for Awake

(Myron Dewey, Josh Fox, James Spione, 2017, 89min, USA)

Capturing global attention and international support, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leads a peaceful protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline through their land which threatens the drinking water of millions. A collaboration between indigenous filmmakers and Oscarnominated environmental filmmakers.

Speaker: Danny Sheehan, Lead Counsel in Chase Iron Eyes lawsuit; Daniel Paul Nelson, Lakota People's Law Project

Wednesday, May 2

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

TOMORROW
Trailer for Tomorrow

(Cyril Dion & Mélanie Laurent, 2015, 120min, International)

In response to a 2012 study published by Nature that predicted humankind could disappear in this century unless we drastically change our way of life, French actress and director Mélanie Laurent and activist Cyril Dion visit hundreds of communities around the world in search of concrete solutions that can help save the next generations.

Thursday, May 3

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

THE INTERNATIONALE
Trailer for The Internationale

(Peter Miller, 2000, 30min, USA)

Starring Billy Bragg and Pete Seeger, the long-time anthem of socialism and communism with Bragg's updated lyrics celebrates the radical history of the relationship between music and social change. Aileen Vance will lead a giant sing-along of Billy Bragg's Internationale after the film, in what we hope will be Santa Cruz County's largest ever Internationale Chorus and selfie; come join the choir!

Musical Performance: Santa Cruz Peace Chorale

Speaker: Aileen Vance, singer and conductor

MONTEREY COUNTY EVENTS

Monday, April 23

7 pm • CSUMB Library, Building #508, Room 1180, 3054 Divarty St, Seaside

BLACK SNAKE KILLAZ: A #NODAPL STORY
Trailer for Black Snake Killaz

(Unicorn Riot, 2017, 120 min, USA)

A chronicle of the water protectors' resistance to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that exposes actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest to stop the oil pipeline that unfolded on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation throughout 2016.

Speakers: Unicorn Riot journalists

Wednesday April 25

10 am • CSUMB Heron Hall, Building #18, Room 120, 3111 Inter Garison Rd, Seaside

UNION TIME: Fighting for Workers' Rights
Trailer for Union Time

(Matthew Barr, 2016, 86min, USA)

One of the greatest union victories of the 21st century was the 15 year fight to organize Smithfield Foods' pork processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. From 1993 to 2008, workers struggled against dangerous working conditions, intimidation, and low pay. They were organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, whose "Justice for Smithfield Workers" campaign brought national attention to the plight of the plant workers, and ultimately fair working conditions for 5,000 workers.

Speaker: Dr. Angie Tran, Professor of political economy at CSUMB

Wednesday, April 25

6 pm • Monterey County Association of Realtors, 201-A Calle Del Oaks, Del Rey Oaks

FREEDOM FROM THE WOLF
Trailer for Freedom From The Wolf

(Rupert Russell, 2017, 89min, International)

Democracy is in crisis. A new generation of elected leaders is dismantling freedom and democracy as we know it. Filmed over three years in five countries, this is an epic investigation into the new regime of illiberal democracy. From the young students of Hong Kong, to a rapper in post-Arab Spring Tunisia and the viral comedians of Bollywood, we discover how people from every corner of the globe are fighting the same struggle.

Thursday, April 26

10 am • CSUMB Gambord BIT, Building 506, Room 111, 3052 Divarty Street, Seaside

I WAS BORN IN MEXICO BUT...
Trailer for I Was Born in Mexico But...

(Corey Ohama, 2014, 12min, USA)

A creative portrait of a young woman who thought she was a U.S. citizen but finds out as a teen that she is undocumented. Because she doesn't want to appear on camera, found footage from U.S. culture illuminates her voice as she struggles with her new identity and the reality of not being able to legally drive, work or reside in the U.S.

VIDA DIFERIDA (LIFE, DEFERRED)
Trailer for Life Deferred

(Brenda Avila Hanna, 2017, 23min, USA)

The story of Vanessa, an undocumented teenager who was born in Mexico but has lived in the United States since she was six. After the announcement of the policy known as "Deferred Action," Vanessa contemplates the possibility of a future she was ready to give up on. How will this life-changing opportunity impact her life and the lives of those around her?

Speakers: Corey Ohama, filmmaker; Brenda Avila Hanna, filmmaker; Gabriela Cruz, Santa Cruz Dreamers Project

Thursday, April 26

4 pm • CSUMB Heron Hall Building #18, Room 118, 3110 Inter Garrison Rd, Seaside

AWAKE: A Dream from Standing Rock
Trailer for Awake

(Myron Dewey, Josh Fox, James Spione, 2017, 89min, USA)

Capturing global attention and international support, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leads a peaceful protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline through their land which threatens the drinking water of millions. A collaboration between indigenous filmmakers and Oscarnominated environmental filmmakers.

Monday, April 30

7 pm • Unitarian Cuurch of Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Rd, Carmel

TOMORROW
Trailer for Tomorrow

(Cyril Dion & Mélanie Laurent, 2015, 120min, International)

In response to a 2012 study published by Nature that predicted humankind could disappear in this century unless we drastically change our way of life, French actress and director Mélanie Laurent and activist Cyril Dion visit hundreds of communities around the world in search of concrete solutions that can help save the next generations.

SAN JOSE EVENTS

Friday, April 27

7 pm • SEIU Local 521 Great Room, 2302 Zanker Rd, San Jose

DOLORES
Trailer for A New Color

(Peter Bratt, 2017, 96min, USA)

Among the most important yet least known activists in U.S. history, Dolores Huerta was an equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, but her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. She started as a young activist at Stockton High School, was the mother of eleven children, and is now deservedly gaining credit for her many contributions in empowering working people.

Speaker: Noe Montoya, musician, farmworker activist

Friday, May 4

7 pm • San José Peace & Justice Center

A SILENT TRANSFORMATION
Facebook page for A Silent Transformation

(Simon Brothers, Luke Mistruzzi, Mark Preston, Anton Smolski, 2017, 69min, Canada)

An exploration of the transformative power of the co-operative enterprise model. From farmers' markets and coffee roasteries to movie theaters and credit unions, co-ops are sowing the seeds of economic democracy and global solidarity and are reviving the public understanding of the radical vision of cooperation.

Speakers: Panel on local cooperatives

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