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7th Annual Reelwork Film Festival 2008
by claire
Friday Apr 4th, 2008 12:10 PM
The 7th annual Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival is jam packed this year with seventeen different events starting April 25th, and ending May 11th. From its inception, Reel Work has brought together award-winning documentary film producers, workers, activists, students and the public with the goal of increasing community awareness of the central role of work in our lives, to discuss economic and global justice issues and to bring alive the history and culture of the labor movement in the US and abroad. Admission to the film showings will continue to be by voluntary donation. Read more and view the schedule
From its inception, Reel Work has brought together award-winning documentary film producers/workers/activists/students and the public with the goal of increasing community awareness of the central role of work in our lives, to discuss economic and global justice issues and to bring alive the history and culture of the labor movement in the US and abroad. We aspire to inspire participants to join in the struggle for worker rights locally, nationally and globally and to promote social justice activism and international solidarity.

Admission to the film showings will continue to be by voluntary donation. Publicity stills, bios and interviews with the principle speakers and film producers are available. For a full schedule, updates, and a partial list of sponsors go to http://www.reelwork.org

As Mother Jones so famously said, "Let's not mourn. Lets organize! And let's have some fun while we're doing it.
http://www.reelwork.org

May Day Labor Film Festival
• SCHEDULE • 2008 •

Friday, april 25
Cabrillo College — Watsonville Campus
7 pm • Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad
(Filmmaker: Jill Friedberg, 2007, 93 min)
When the people of Oaxaca decided they’d had
enough of government repression, they didn’t take
their story to the media...they joined with the teachers’
union and TOOK the media.
Speakers: Francisco Rodriguez, President, PVFT
Rogelio Martinez, school migrant counselor and PVFT Site Rep
Sponsor: Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers

SatuRDay, apRiL 26
Calvary Episcopal “Red” Church, Santa Cruz
1 pm • Lockout
(Director: Jason van Genderen, 2007, 56 min)
In the Northern Coalfields of New South
Wales in 1929, 10,000 miners found
themselves locked out of their mines in
a bitter industrial dispute that ended up
overpowering a government, crippling an
industry and besieging a community.
2 pm • Made in LA
(Producers: Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar, 2007, 70 min)
The remarkable story of three Latina
immigrants working in Los Angeles garment
sweatshops as they embark on a three-year
odyssey to win basic labor protections from
trendy clothing retailer Forever 21.
Speakers: Almudena Carracedo &
Robert Bahar, filmmakers

SunDay, apRiL 27
Calvary Episcopal “Red” Church, Santa Cruz
Earth Day Celebration in downtown Santa Cruz
1:30 pm • EarthVision Act Locally Short Films
6 pm • Return to Wilderness
(Director: Ed Schehl, 2004, 28 min)
Take a journey with the Ventana Wilderness Alliance as they restore the
spectacular Willow Creek Watershed of the Los Padres National Forest.
The trip identified large deposits of trash and debris from abandoned
mining claims and illegal human habitation along the creek, which
were restored by VWA volunteers.
Speaker: Tom Hopkins, President, Ventana Wilderness Alliance
7 pm • Thirst
(Producers: Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman, 2004, 65 min)
Is water a human right for all
people? Or is it a commodity to be
bought, sold, and traded in a global
marketplace? Communities in Bolivia,
India, and the United States are
asking these fundamental questions.
8 pm • Secrets of Silicon Valley
(Producers: Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman, 2001, 60 min)
A shocking exposé of the hidden downsides of the Internet revolution
and a funny and moving meditation on America’s love affair with
technology while it grapples with globalization.
Speaker: Barbara Sprenger, Felton FLOW organizer and activist
Sponsor: EarthVision Film Festival

MOnDay, apRiL 28
Community Television of Santa Cruz Co. Studio, Santa Cruz
Workers’ Memorial Day
7 pm • 911 Dust & Deceit
(Filmmaker: Penny Little, 2007, 59 min)
Interviews with numerous experts, victims, and
ground zero workers show the impact of the
environmental disaster after 911 on the health
of those who were exposed to the toxic dust and
told that the “air is safe to breathe.”
8 pm • Eye of the Storm
(Filmmaker: Amie Williams, 2007, 58 min)
Longshore workers’ 2002 contract
struggle with international
shippers led to a 9-month lockout
of thousands of workers from
West Coast ports. Includes a
history of the ILWU, a grass-roots
led progressive democratic force
within American labor.
Speaker: Penny Little, filmmaker

tuESDay, apRiL 29
Calvary Episcopal “Red” Church, Santa Cruz
7 pm • 5 Factories
(Filmmakers: Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler, 2006, 81 min)
Venezuelan workers tell their
stories of taking over distressed
enterprises and making them
profitable by valuing the people
and their communities.
Speaker: Nane Alejándrez,
Executive Director of Barrios Unidos
Sponsor: United Nations Association

WEDnESDay, apRiL 30
Kresge Town Hall, UCSC
7 pm • UCSC Student and Worker Solidarity March
(Photographer: Bradley Stuart, 2008) Photographic slide show of
the February 28, 2007, campus demonstration.
Together We’re Stronger (Filmmaker: Claire Harbage, 2008)
Personal accounts of UCSC workers in their struggle for fair
contracts. A work in progress.
Bad About Korean (Filmmaker: Elissa Moon, 2008, 7 min)
Intergenerational experiences in breaking out of the sweatshop
cycle.
The Writers Guild of America Strike of 2007-2008
(Filmmaker: Laura Fishman, 2008, 15 min) How the WGA won a fair
share from the entertainment industry.
Overcoming Adversity (Tania Millan, Loyda Alvarado &
Marie Marroquin, 2008, 10 min)
An immigrant woman of color becoming a labor activist.
Kinetic Poetics — The UCSC Slam Team
UCSC Rainbow Theatre — Dramatic live performance
Speakers: AFSCME Local 3299 members & student filmmakers
Sponsor: Students Together Opposed to Poverty

thuRSDay, May 1
Del Mar Theatre, Santa Cruz
International Workers Day
7 pm • Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
(Director: Jim Brown, 2007, 93 min, 35mm)
The only authorized biography of the life of one of
the greatest U.S. singer/songwriters. Pete Seeger,
the architect of the folk revival, got a whole
generation singing together while using music as
an instrument for social change.
Music: Santa Cruz Peace Chorale,
Aileen Vance, Conductor
Speaker: Jim Brown, filmmaker

SatuRDay, May 3
Nickelodeon Theatre, Santa Cruz
11 am • The Singing Revolution
(Filmmakers: James Tusty & Maureen Castle, 2007, 94 min)
During decades of brutal and repressive
foreign occupation by the Soviets and
Nazis, music sustained the Estonian
people and was a crucial part of their
struggle for freedom and successful bid
for independence.
Sponsor: Santa Cruz Peace Chorale

SatuRDay, May 3
Live Oak Grange, Live Oak
Reel Work for the Environment
4 pm • A Convenient Truth:
Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil
(Filmmakers: Maria Vaz & Giovanni Vaz Del Bello, 2007, 52 min)
An inspirational documentary focusing on
innovations in transportation, recycling,
affordable housing, seasonal parks, and other
social benefits that transformed Curitiba into
one of the most livable cities in the world.
Speakers: Maria Vaz & Giovanni Vaz Del Bello,
filmmakers; Jeffrey Smedberg, recycling
coordinator
5:30 pm Vegetarian Potluck Desserts provided.
Please bring your plate, cup & utensils.
7 pm Sierra Club films about, solar, wind power, biodiesel,
& community gardens.
The Vinyard Energy Project (15 min)
Native Wind (1 min)
French Fries to Go (15 min)
Rats to Roses (30 min)
Speakers: Peter Weiss, PHD, “The Singing Scientist” & professor of
atmospheric chemistry; Ray Newkirk, President & co-founder
of Pacific Biofuel; Catalina Siri, bilingual teacher and organic
gardening activist; David Blume, permaculturist & author of
Alcohol Is A Gas

SunDay, May 4
Cabrillo College Forum 450, Aptos
4 pm • Tillie Olsen: A Heart in Action
(Filmmaker: Ann Hershey, 2007, 60 min)
A touching portrait of an absolutely unique human being; a superbly
entertaining record of one
who believed in the goodness
of human nature and the
importance of justice for all.
Spoken Word by local poets,
and Tillie’s favorite labor songs.
Speaker: Filmmaker, Annie Hershey
Fundraiser to support the Tillie Olsen Fund for Social Justice
Sponsor: Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers

FRiDay, May 9
Beneath Soquel Avenue Bridge by Riverside Drive, Santa Cruz
8 pm • Subversive Shorts (Compiled by GDI members)
Sacco and Vanzetti
(Director: Peter Miller, 2006, 80 min)
The landmark story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two
Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920
and executed in Boston after a notoriously prejudiced trial.
Sponsor: Guerilla Drive-In

SunDay, May 11
Cayuga Vault, Santa Cruz
7 pm • Charlie King &
The Prince Myshkins
Live performance: songs of labor and
struggle, laced with political satire.
Santa CRuZ COunty EVEntS
Photo by Amie Williams
MOntEREy COunty EVEntS

MOnDay, apRiL 28
Cal State U-Monterey Bay, University Center, Seaside
7 pm • North Country
(Director: Niki Caro, 2006, 126 min)
Story of Lois Jenson and the first major successful workplace sexual
harassment case in the US. (See Santa Clara County, April 30)
Speaker: Lois Jenson, inspiration for North Country
Sponsors: California Faculty Association, Student California Teacher’s
Association

thuRSDay, May 1
Cal State U-Monterey Bay, Music Hall, Seaside
7 pm • Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad
(Filmmaker: Jill Friedberg, 2007, 93 min)
People of Oaxaca take the media into their own hands in support of
the teachers’ strike. (See Santa Cruz County, April 25)
Invited speaker: Rogelio Martinez, school migrant counselor and
Union Site Rep
Sponsors: California Faculty Association, Student California Teacher’s
Association, MECHA

FRiDay, May 2
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Monterey
6 pm • Monterey Bay Central Labor Council
May Day Dinner
Annual labor awards dinner recognizing Unionists of the Year.

tuESDay, May 6
Cal State U-Monterey Bay, University Center, Seaside
7 pm • Maquilapolis (City of Factories)
(Filmmakers: Vicky Funari & Sergio De La Torre, 2006, 68 min)
Profiles the lives of workers in Tijuana’s assembly factories and
explores, through their eyes, the impact of globalization on both
sides of the U.S.
8 pm • Made in LA
(Filmmaker: Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar, 2007, 70 min)
Latina immigrant sweatshop workers win basic labor protections.
(See Santa Cruz County, April 26)
Sponsors: California Faculty Association, Student California Teacher’s
Association, MECHA
Santa CLaRa COunty EVEntS

MOnDay, apRiL 28
San Jose City College Drama Theatre, San Jose
6:30 pm • Thirst
(Producers: Alan Snitow & Deborah
Kaufman, 2004, 65 min)
Is water a public resource or just
another commodity?
(See Santa Cruz County, April 27)

WEDnESDay, apRiL 30
San Jose City College Drama Theatre, San Jose
6:30 pm • North Country (Director: Niki Caro, 2006, 126 min)
Story of the first major
successful workplace sexual
harassment case in the US. Lois
Jenson sued Eveleth Mines
and challenged the range of
vicious on-the-job abuse that
was not uncommon and even
promoted by management only
a generation ago.
Speaker: Lois Jenson, inspiration for North Country
Sponsors: SJCC Labor Studies, Associated Students, Phi Theta KappaPhoto by Maria Vaz