Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30 p.m.
Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
145 Ninth Street, between Mission and Howard, San Francisco
To attend, please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, September 25th to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Idiocratic Life
Directed by Kent Kessinger
Are utopias doomed to failure? Are Thoreau and his children — Eugene V. Debs, the ‘60s, Skinner — nothing more than the stuff of textbooks barely read in undergraduate seminars?
Kent Kessinger’s “The Idiocratic Life” — a stylishly shot look at counter-culture today — attempts to answer this question, by capturing the faces, stories, and inner struggles of members of communes in America. In the process, Kessinger shines a light on pockets of America rarely seen in film, or anywhere else, and proves that, far from the media’s spotlight, great social experiments — from egalitarianism to anarchy — continue to percolate, and, in some cases, even thrive.
Moderator: Kelly Duane de la Vega
Kelly Duane de la Vega’s documentaries have been screened in film festivals around the world and broadcast on PBS stations and on the Documentary Channel. Her Emmy nominated “Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America” opened theatrically nationwide and is part of the curriculum in more than 50 universities worldwide. Her most recent documentary “Better This World” (POV, 2011) premiered at SXSW and was awarded Best Documentary by both San Francisco International Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival.