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Crime and Punishment: California's Prison System (California Journal report)

This program takes a look at California's prison system. A comparison is made between Folsom Prison and Frontera, the only female institution in the state. Interviews are conducted with prisoners as well as Ruth Rushen, who heads the Department of Corrections. 1981. 30 min. ; Storage Info: B 3 969 107

Crossroads: Boyle Heights

Documentary compiled from life histories with residents and former residents of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles County, which included immigrants from Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Japan, as well as African-Americans and whites. While many of the Japanese American residents were sent to relocation camps during World War II, deportation was a common fate of Mexican Americans during the 1930s. 2002. 28 min.


Documents contemporary U.S. socio-cultural trends--specifically in the San Francisco Bay region--influenced by punk culture and computer and other advanced technologies. Features an interview with William Gibson, science fiction writer whose concepts have become a part of real life in the technology and culture of recent years. Topics covered include: virtual reality, hacking & piracy, art & fashion, industrial music, and mind machines & cyborgs. 1990. 60 min.

Designing with Nature: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Northern California

Set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this documentary examines the work of several major architects who were influenced by Arts and Crafts ideals, as well as by the reformist ethos of the Progressive Era. These designers sought to create an architecture suited to the landscape, climate, and emerging culture of the region. Rejecting Victorian excess and the artificial separation of art and craft, they strove to create an organic architecture based on unified design and harmony with nature.

Dupont Guy: The Schiz of Grant Avenue

Through a montage of images and interviews, the film explores the Chinese American social and economic conditions in San Francisco's Chinatown. A film essay by Curtis Choy. 1976. 35 min.

Earthquake Video (FEMA Video Network).

San Francisco Earthquake from "Ready for the worst" -- New Madrid earthquake area. (7 min.) -- Alaska earthquake from "Though the earth be moved" (3 min.) -- California earthquake from "Our active earth" (3:20 min.) -- Earthquake, California, 1971 (3 min.) -- Living with Quakes (4 min.) -- Japan quake '84 (5 min.).

Empress Hotel: Stories of the Residents

Profiles a number of the residents of the Empress Hotel, a safe haven for San Francisco's homeless population, many of whom suffer from mental illness or addiction. Directors and editors, Irving Saraf and Allie Light. 2009. 85 min.

Everyday Eastlake

Short films highlighting life in the Eastlake District of Oakland, filmed by members of the East Bay Asian Youth Center. Characters include the silent "can lady," an Asian woman in a conical straw hat who makes her living picking up cans for recycling, a Vietnamese music store owner with a gambling debt, four rave-attending teenagers and a Mexican restaurant employee who finds an old computer in the street, touching off a series of events that tie the characters together. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2001. 54 min.

Factory Farms.

1959 documentary by Harvey Richards. Tells the story of California agriculture, a highly capitalized, sophisticated industry with substandard wage rates that keep its workers in poverty. Documents 1959 labor conditions for farm workers. Produced by the United Packinghouse Workers Union. 1959. 32 min.

Farmers and Farmworkers: The New Harvest(California Journal report; 104)

Examines the ongoing negotiations among growers, farmworkers, and teamsters including the impact of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. United Farm Worker history is traced from the Delano beginnings to the present. An interview with Cesar Chavez is included. 1981. 30 min. [preservation copy];