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Lovers + Liberators: A Benefit for the Red Vic
Date Saturday February 12
Time 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location Details
Red Vic Movie House
1727 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorCasey Suchan
Emaillumachick [at]
Lovers+Liberators is a special fundraising event for the Red Vic that brings together 3 films with the themes of liberation and domestic "terrorism."

4pm - All Power To The People
7pm - Bold Native
930pm - The Spook Who Sat By The Door

After its sold-out San Francisco premiere, Lovers+Liberators brings back underground hit Bold Native, a daring piece of guerrilla filmmaking about domestic “terrorism” and animal liberation. Film plays with All Power To The People, the epic documentary about the Black Panther Party and COINTELPRO that the press has called a “potent indictment." and The Spook Who Sat By The Door, a film that was deemed so dangerous in 1973 that it was pulled from theaters (more details on films below)


Ticket prices:
$9 one admission to one film
$15 one admission to two films
$20 one admission to all 3 films and Cinnaholic roll*

* your $20 admission price to all 3 movies includes a vegan Cinnamon Roll or Pizza Roll made on site by the world famous Cinnaholic in Berkley! Come for the movies, we won't let you go hungry! Cinnamon Buns and PIzza Rolls will also be available for individual sale.

Advance tickets available at:

4:00: ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE (US 1996) is an epic documentary about the Black Panther Party and COINTELPRO that the press has called a “potent indictment.”

Followed by speakers Claude Marks of the Freedom Archives and Richard Brown of the SF8 on their experiences as targets of COINTELPRO.

7:00: BOLD NATIVE (Denis Henry Hennelly, US 2010) returns after its sold-out premiere at the Red Vic in November! A daring piece of guerrilla filmmaking, Bold Native addresses domestic “terrorism” and animal liberation.

Followed by speakers Jake Conroy, an animal liberation activist of 15 years and SHAC7 co-defendent who spent three years in federal prison as a result of his above-ground activism targeting Huntington Life Sciences and Ben Rosenfeld, a Bay area lawyer who's focusing his efforts defending Green Scare defendants.

Filmmakers also in attendance for Q+A.

9:30: THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR (Ivan Dixon, US 1973) was removed from theaters soon after its release due to its politically controversial message. The story takes place in the early 70's in Chicago, where the CIA has trained the first African-American to show their supposed commitment to integration and progress. However, their subject turns out to be a black nationalist who goes on to train his own group of "Freedom Fighters" to engage in guerrilla warfare.

"This film, originally a book by Sam Greenlee, was effectively banned for thirty years… United Artists originally bought the film thinking it was another straw-man blaxploitation movie, where the black people rise up against the white devil but only in a farcical sense. Soon after the release of The Spook Who Sat By the Door it was removed from theaters voluntarily by United Artists because of the politically radical message.” - Utopia or Bust (

San Francisco is dangerously close to losing this 30 year old worker-owned community establishment. All the filmmakers and speakers in this series are donating 100% the box office revenue to the keep the Red Vic's doors open so they can continue to give voice to films like these that mainstream does NOT want you you to see!
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