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|Kent MacKenzie's The Exiles|
|Date||Saturday December 01|
|Time||8:30 PM - 10:30 PM|
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OTHER CINEMA @ Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
On Saturday, December 1st, ATA Gallery's OTHER CINEMA, in the last of our Psycho-Geography trilogy, unspools a recently re-discovered 16mm print of the little-seen Native American neo-realist treasure, The Exiles.
While he was a film student at USC in the mid-50s, director Kent MacKenzie chanced upon Bunker Hill, the low-rent neighborhood on the west edge of downtown Los Angeles, when it was first threatened with demolition. He became fascinated with a subculture of Arizona Indians living there, eventually organizing a loose group of non-professionals to more or less play themselves in a compelling story of a long Friday night. Full of loneliness, yearning and little flashes of happiness, this semi-improvised group-portrait is a wrenching chronicle of cultural dislocation and a remarkable record of a city that has vanished.
Introduction by archivist Steve Polta, relating the rich background of the production and restoration of this semi-documentary feature.