Radical Light

Radical Light: Experimental Film in Beat-Era San Francisco


“In Radical Light, San Francisco’s deep countercultural roots reemerge as an unbroken antitradition stretching from the postwar proto-Beats to the identitarian activists and small-gauge geeks at century’s end.” —Artforum

Jack H. Skirball Series

Radical Light: Alternative Film And Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000 is a rich compendium of essays, reminiscences and striking visuals that attests to the vital experimental film and video scene that has existed in the Bay Area. This companion screening focuses on landmark films from 1949–1959, including Christopher Maclaine’s apocalyptic Beat comic-tragedy The End, Sidney Peterson’s wittily caustic tale of murder and incest The Lead Shoes, Jane Belson Conger Shimane’s playful image and sound arrangement Odds and Ends, Bruce Conner’s pioneering found-footage A Movie, and films by Hy Hirsh and Patricia Marx. 

Additional Radical Light screenings will be hosted by LACE, Los Angeles Filmforum, UCLA Film and Television Archive and other venues in January. The tour is organized by the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The tour is organized by the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

In person: Co-editors Steve Anker, Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid, with book signing.

Advanced Curators' Notes

Co-curated by Steve Anker, Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels

Associated Images: 

MON 1/17
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff