Above: A still from OVARIAN PSYCHOS (2016).
Update August 21, 2023: Thank you to all who attended our series this year! Here are a few snapshots:
Back by popular demand, California Humanities is proud to once again partner with Sacramento’s Crocker Museum to present three films that tell compelling stories rooted in the Golden State. This summer film series, California Fresh II, expands on subjects like collective action, identity, immigration, and art as activism that are present in Crocker exhibitions such as Estampas de La Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection and Royal Chicano Air Force, A Gathering: Works from ‘Contemporary Black American Ceramic Artists,’ and Breaking the Rules: Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown, and explores the power of bike riding, roller skating, and music in a manner that is both substantively thought-provoking and entertaining.
Each screening will be introduced by John Lightfoot, California Humanities’ Director of Media & Journalism Programs. A Q&A with the filmmakers or subjects will follow select screenings.
MIJA, Directed by Isabel Castro
Thursday, June 15, 2023, at 6:30 pm
*MIJA’s producer Yesenia Tlahuel will be present for a Q&A after the screening.
UNITED SKATES, Directed by Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown
Thursday, July 20, 2023, at 6:30 pm
*Star of the film Phelicia Wright and director Dyana Winkler will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.
OVARIAN PSYCHOS (2016), Directed by Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle
Thursday, August 17, 2023, at 6:30 pm
All screenings will take place at The Crocker Museum, located on 216 O Street in Sacramento, CA.
For more information and to purchase tickets for each film in the series, visit this link.
MIJA (2022), Directed by Isabel Castro (88 minutes)
Dive into the world of ambitious music manager Doris Muñoz, a young woman hustling to carve out a space for her culture within the turbulent music industry, in this documentary that explores the intersection between generational identity and community along the U.S./Mexico border.
OVARIAN PSYCHOS (2016), Directed by Directed by Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle (72 minutes)
Meet a new generation of fierce, feminist women of color from the Eastside of Los Angeles through personal stories shared by members of the raucous and irreverently-named bicycle crew, The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade.
UNITED SKATES (2018), Directed by Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown (89 minutes)
Discover a bastion of regional African-American subculture, music, and dance in United Skates, a documentary that highlights a racially-charged battle to save an underground subculture as America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure.
This series was made possible with support from: