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Farmworkers' Diary

In the farmworker's own words, shows the living conditions, hopes and fears of Mexican migrant farmworkers in California. The documentary captures their dreams and anxieties, their longing for their families and their fear of becoming unemployable as farm mechanizaton increases. Produced by Tony Cisneros and Paul Shain. 1990. 10 min.

Fated to Be Queer.

Four charming Filipino men illuminate some of their issues and concerns as gay people of color in the San Francisco Bay Area.1992. 25 min. Related web sites: Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Faults? Beneath the Bay

This documentary illustrates a promising new approach to studying the geometry of earthquake faults. It shows how scientists are using sound waves to produce a detailed image of a horizontal surface nearly nine miles beneath San Francisco Bay. 12 min. 1996.

Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary.

A documentary by Los Angeles teacher Laura Angelica Simon, exploring the impact of California's Proposition 187 on the immigrant community. The subject is Hoover Street Elementary School, where Simon candidly explores the attitudes and emotions of teachers, students and parents, focusing on a ten year old Salvadorian girl. 1997. 53 min. American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Films for Adults, 1999

Fillmore: The Last Days.

The legendary concert film featuring the final shows at Bill Graham's storied Fillmore West in San Francisco, June 30 to July 4, 1971. When legendary rock impresario Bill Graham closed the Fillmore West in the summer of 1971, he made sure it went out with a bang. Over five nights, acts including the Grateful Dead and Santana took to the stage for one final send off. The madness leading up to the shows and the gritty backstage footage are also chronicled in this classic rock film.

Fog City Mavericks: The Filmmakers of San Francisco

Featuring George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, John Lasseter, Sophia Coppola, Saul Zaentz, Brad Bird, Clint Eastwood, Caroll Ballard, Philip Kaufman, John Korty, Chris Columbus. Explores the history of San Francisco's fiercely independent filmmaking community featuring rare footage and revealing interviews with George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, John Lasseter, Sophia Coppola, and Saul Zaentz, as well as other film greats! Celebrate and honor their visionary films, including American Graffiti; the Indiana Jones series; the Star Wars series; and many more. 2007. 120 min.

Foo-foo Dust

Explores the relationship between a crack-addicted prostitute and her 23-year old drug addicted son, both living in one room in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. A disturbing and intimate portrait of the destructive power of drug addiction, including a crack-induced fit and near-fatal heroin overdose, as well as a moving, poignant look at the intense love between a mother and her son living on the edge of society. Directors, Gina Levy and Eric Johnson. 2003. 37 min.

For the Curious Ones

Every semester, the San Francisco Exploratorium hires a few dozen high school students who serve as the floor staff of the museum, where they answer questions, explain exhibits, operate lasers, and dissect cow eyeballs. This film takes a look at the Explainers Program -- part job, part science academy, part family -- and why alumni call their experience "the best job ever!" A film by Bryan Welch and Mickey Kay. Produced by students enrolled in the Anthropology 138B class at the University of California, Berkeley. 2008. 14 min.

Forbidden City, U.S.A.

"The Forbidden City" was a San Francisco nightclub of the 1930's and 40's featuring Chinese American entertainers. This documentary contains rare film clips from the old club acts, new prints from 35 mm. nitrate negatives, music from vintage 78 records and contemporary interviews, with performers and club owner Charlie Low, tracing the history of this era. 56 min. ;
Reviews and articles: Journal of American History v77, n3 (Dec, 1990):1119 (2 pages).Photograph from this video

Forbidden City, U.S.A.

"The Forbidden City" was a San Francisco nightclub of the 1930's and 40's featuring Chinese American entertainers. This documentary contains rare film clips from the old club acts, new prints from 35 mm. nitrate negatives, music from vintage 78 records and contemporary interviews, with performers and club owner Charlie Low, tracing the history of this era. 56 min.
Reviews and articles: Journal of American History v77, n3 (Dec, 1990):1119 (2 pages).Photograph from this video

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