This January, the Crocker Art Museum will kick off the new year with its California Fresh Film Series. This curated set of four documentaries, supported through our California Documentary Project grant, highlight dramatic and diverse stories that have played out — or are currently playing out — in the golden state. In each of these documentaries, the filmmakers have documented California and its cultures, peoples, and histories in ways that afford the viewer an opportunity to better understand who we are and where we live.
Each film will be will be personally introduced by John Lightfoot, senior program officer at California Humanities and manager of our California Documentary Project grant program. A question-and-answer discussion with the filmmakers and/or individuals featured in the documentaries will follow several of the screenings.
FILM DESCRIPTIONS & SCREENING DATES:
[2016, 72 MINUTES, NR] January 4, 2018
In Real Boy, 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates sobriety, adolescence, and the evolution of this gender identity while his resistant mother begins to accept her transgender son. Along the way, both are reminded that families are not only given, but also chosen. A Q&A with Joe Stevens, a musician featured in the film, will follow the screening. For more information, click HERE.
Romeo is Bleeding
[2015, 93 MINUTES, NR] February 1, 2018
Romeo is Bleeding follows Donté Clark, a young poet growing up in Richmond, California — a city haunted by a fatal turf war. Donté and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting a dialogue about violence in the city. Will Richmond crush Donté’s idealism, or will Donté find a solution to end Richmond’s cycle of trauma? For more information, click HERE.
[2016, 84 MINUTES, NR]|
March 1, 2018
Through Proposition 36, California amended its “Three Strikes” law — one of the most notorious sentencing policies in the country. Within days, the reintegration of thousands of “lifers” was underway. The Return examines this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines — prisoners suddenly freed and families turned upside down. For more information, click HERE.
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
[2014, 112 MINUTES, NR] April 5, 2018
Presented in honor of Sacramento Photography Month, Grab A Hunk of Lightning tells the story of the passion, vision, and drive that made Dorothea Lange one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. While Lange’s haunting image The Migrant Mother is one of the most recognized photographs in the world, few know the full range of her work or the suffering that drew her to the people she photographed. Grab A Hunk of Lightning is narrated and directed by Lange’s granddaughter, filmmaker Dyanna Taylor, and brings the wide lens of Dorothea’s work into full view. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
This film series will be presented in the Crocker’s Setzer Foundation Auditorium, which boasts 260 velour-cushioned seats, a state-of-the-art theater system, and an assistive listening system for the hearing impaired, and wheelchair access.
Ticket pricing is $6 per film for Crocker Art Museum members, $12 nonmembers, and $10 students/youth. Members are also eligible for an $18 member series ticket, which includes admission to all four film screenings for the price of three. Tickets may be purchased online through the individual event ticket links listed above, at the Museum admission desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182.