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Aging Out

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Navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood is challenging for even the most mature and privileged youth. For three young people in New York and Los Angeles, making the transition to independent living is considerably more difficult as they "age out" of the foster care system. They suddenly discover that they're on their own for the first time. Aging Out chronicles the daunting obstacles that these veterans of foster care encounter as they are forced to fend for themselves. Daniella Anderson juggles her college career with the hard reality of raising her newborn child and paying her bills. David Griffin leaves foster care for the streets, goes on a self-destructive drug and crime binge, copes with homelessness and incarceration, and eventually moves to Alaska with the hop [...]
Online
2004
82.

Anatomy of a Springroll [electronic resource]

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"Food is everyone s first language," says Paul Kwan, the Vietnamese-born immigrant who fashioned this film out of the rich sensory memories of his childhood. He tells his story of finding a new life in America while maintaining his cultural connection through cooking, eating and sharing the rich and varied food of his native land. This dazzling film is a gigantic stirfry of savory images - Paul and his mother cooking in his San Francisco kitchen, street vendors simmering their soups, bustling markets piled with peppers, cilantro, and chilis. In America, cooking is often a solitary experience, but in Vietnam it is a family affair, with everyone cutting, chopping, and stirring while chattering. An undercurrent of longing for the motherland runs through this nostalgic film. The death of [...]
Online
1994
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Golden Gate Bridge Opening

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Newsreel coverage of the construction and inauguration of the bridge.
Online
1936
84.

Life in the Central Valley of California

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Shows the agriculture, trade and infrastructure of California's Central Valley, all made possible by irrigation.
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1949
85.

Our Town Today

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Lloyd M. Edward, Chairman of the Citizens Manpower Committee of Los Angeles County, with a message about coordinating the civilian war effort in Los Angeles, California. "We're going to stay on the job, every one of us, we're going to stay on the job to finish the job," with scenes of factories, planning meetings, the impacts on housing, transportation.
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86.

Gold Rush

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2006
87.

Scenes in San Francisco: No. 2 [electronic resource]

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This documentary features property damage from earthquakes and wildfires.
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1906
88.

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, April 18, 1906 [electronic resource]

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This film shows the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906, and the devastation resulting from the subsequent three-day fire. The 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:12am and was centered along the San Andreas Fault, which slices through coastal California. Most of the cities of central California were badly damaged. San Francisco, with thousands of unreinforced brick buildings - and thousands more closely-spaced wooden Victorian dwellings - was poorly prepared for a major fire. Collapsed buildings, broken chimneys, and a shortage of water due to broken mains led to several large fires that soon coalesced into a city-wide holocaust. The fire swept over nearly a quarter of the city, including the entire downtown area. Dynamite was used with varying success to pre [...]
FilmOnline
1906
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Everyman [electronic resource]

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The boat Everyman was built by peace groups in the San Francisco Bay Area for the purpose of protesting nuclear testing by sailing into Pacific Ocean nuclear test zones. The film covers Everyman's first and only voyage on May 27, 1962 when it sailed twenty miles out to sea, only to be stopped by the U.S. Coast Guard, which arrested the crew and impounded the boat. Protests included sit-in demonstrations at the U.S. Marshal's office, in which Joan Baez took part, singing "We Shall Overcome." The crew was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Online
1962
90.

No Greater Cause [electronic resource]

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Film chronicles the height of the anti-Vietnam war movement in the Bay Area. Footage shows the massive confrontations in Oakland between police and anti-draft protestors in 1967; the rally of 100,000 against the war at Kezar Stadium in April, 1967 including the keynote address by Vietnam veteran, David Duncan.
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1968
91.

Hot Damn! [electronic resource]

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Film contains unique footage of the Bay Area peace movement at a time when the Vietnam War was escalating rapidly. Segments include the Berkeley troop train demonstrations; peace marches from Berkeley to Oakland, ending in massive confrontations with local police; the Oakland Army Induction Center draft protest, draft card burnings, and the sit-ins of 1964-65.
Online
1965
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Factory Farms [electronic resource]

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Covers the agricultural laborer's view of California agriculture, a highly capitalized, sophisticated industry with substandard wage rates that keep its workers in poverty and destitution. The film documents 1959 labor conditions for farm workers and reviews the history of union organizing in California agriculture.
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1959
93.

The Harvesters [electronic resource]

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Documents the late 1950's farm labor conditions in California's fields when 14- to 16- hour days paid workers at eighty-five cents to a dollar per hour. It also exposes how the bracero program imported Mexican nationals to work at wages lower than the subminimum rates available to American workers. This film was used the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) and the United Packinghouse Workers Union as an organizing film.
Online
1960
94.

Uno Veintecinco [electronic resource]

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Documents the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), AFL-CIO strike to secure a wage rate of $1.25 per hour for lettuce pickers in California. The film contains interviews with organizers and workers and reviews the 20th century history of labor organizing in California's fields.
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1962
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(Unidentified Staples & Charles: No. 1 San Francisco After the Earthquake and Fire of 1906) [electronic resource]

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This film is made up of five panoramas, four wide and one close-up, of the ruins of downtown San Francisco shortly after the 1906 disaster, plus a panorama and scene in a nearby refugee camp. Original intertitles precede each change of scene, but the locations provided are incorrect for three of the five views. The state of the ruins and camp suggest a date in late April, 1906. The absence of streetcar tracks in the "Grand Avenue" panorama dates that segment to before May 1, 1906.
FilmOnline
1906
96.

Monterey Pop

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Selections of performances and scenes from the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967.
Online
1968
97.

Army Pack Train Bringing Supplies

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This film highlights the role of the United States Army in transporting supplies following the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. The Army's relief operations headquarters was at their base, the Presidio, outside the burned part of the city. The Army played a major role in relief and refugee operations. In the first weeks after the fire, food, water, tents, blankets, medical supplies, and hay for horses, were the principal needs. To pay for these supplies, Congress appropriated nearly $2.5 million in emergency aid for San Francisco. An estimated 300,000 people were camped out in late April, but the number had dropped to 25,000 by July, and emergency relief switched to long-term care in the substantial camps of "earthquake cottages."; The following is a scene-by-scene descript [...]
FilmOnline
1906
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Exploded Gas Tanks, U.S. Mint, Emporium and Spreckels Bld'g

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This film is a spectacular pan of the downtown area of San Francisco as seen from south of Market Street. The location among low ruins was ideal to view the tall ruined buildings along and north of Market Street. Since the facade of St. Patrick's Church is not visible in the pan, the film is probably later than May 9, the date the facade was demolished. The camera, placed on the east side of 4th Street near Natoma Street, one and two-thirds blocks south of Market Street, pans a full 240 degrees, from southwest to southeast.; The following is a scene-by-scene description of the film: [Frame: 0280] The pan begins in the southwest, viewing two 550,000 cubic foot, 45' diameter frames of gas tanks of the San Francisco Gas and Electric Company at 5th and Folsom streets. [1155] The 1873 U.S [...]
FilmOnline
1906
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American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i

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For Hawaiians, the hula is not just a dance, but a way of life. Yet while most Americans know only the stereotypes of 'grass skirt girls' from old Hollywood movies and tourist kitsch, the revival of the ancient art of hula tells of the rich history and spirituality of Hawai'i. American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i discovers a renaissance of Hawaiian culture through music, language and dance as it continues to grow in California. Following three kumu hula, or master hula teachers, the film celebrates the perpetuation of a culture - from the very traditional to the contemporary - as it evolves on distant shores. With more Native Hawaiians living on the U.S. continent than on the islands, the hula is a living tradition that connects generations far from home to their heritage. Revea [...]
Online
2003
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Class of '27: A New Generation in Three Forgotten Places

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In Class of '27, three diverse filmmaking teams set out across rural America to explore the lives of our youngest citizens and tell the stories of families and communities coming together- against the odds- to guide their children into successful graduates of the Class of '27. “A moving documentary which aims to expand the current narratives surrounding rural poverty in America.”- The Atlantic “These unforgettable films, drawn from across the United States, show a side of America that is rarely seen - the daily struggles and triumphs of children and their families in rural low-income communities.”- Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Professor, NYU.
Online
2017