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[Bridges, Harry] From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks

A documentary film about Harry Bridges who had a profound effect on the American labor movement. It is focused around a filmed performance of Ian Ruskin's one-man play which explores Bridges' early life, the creation of the ILWU, his campaigns for social justice, and the four trials he endured during his quest for citizenship and was performed in San Pedro, California for a packed house of 1000 longshore workers. Special features (Disc 2): Ports of call (footage and interviews at ports connected to Harry's life); creative contributors; I, L.W.U.

[Bridges, Harry] Harry Bridges: A Man and His Union.

Sympathetic biographical overview of the life of the union organizer, Harry Bridges and his struggles to organize stevedores on West Coast American ports. Includes the unsuccessful attempt to deport him by industry mogels and politicians hostile to his labor movement and the current impact of mechanization and containerization on Stevedores and other dock laborers. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 1992. 60 min.

[Gutmann, John]My Eyes Were Fresh: The Life and Photographs of John Gutmann

Chronicles the life and work of John Gutmann, a photographer and educator whose art forged a link between the European modernism of the early twentieth century and the burgeoning artistic culture of the San Francisco Bay Area in the second half of the century. It is a portrait of the development of a unique artistic sensibility, born out of the distinctive milieu of modern German-Jewish culture in Breslau and Berlin and shaped by the politics, the popular culture, and the emerging native modernism of the United States.

[Jones, Pirkle]Pirkle Jones: Seven Decades Photographed: From Pictorial California to the Politics of the Black Panther Party

A profile of an artist who helped define the San Francisco Bay Area's dual photographic traditions of elegant landscapes and biting social documentation. Includes archival footage, recent interviews with Jones and 150 of his black-and-white photographs.