International Film Festival tonight at the Castro (one of the best theaters in the country). Strange Culture is playing
at 6 pm and Wonders are Many screens at 9 pm.
Steve Kurtz, the subject of Strange Culture gave a talk about his work with the Critical Art Ensemble at SFMOMA in March and then Lynn Hershman Leeson showed a few scenes and outtakes from the documentary about Kurtz and the government's Kafkaesque criminal prosecution of him.
Jon Else's the Wonders are Many tells story of the creation of the atomic bomb and the creation of the opera, Doctor Atomic. At a workshop at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (where he chairs the documentary program), he said a lot of new material has come out since the Day After Trinity was released in 1981. Doctor Atomic even uses the text of recently declassified material as part of the libretto and Wonders includes footage of atomic tests which have never been seen before.
Composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars (who is also giving the State of Cinema address Sunday at 4 pm at the Kabuki) will be at tonight's screening. Judy Stone wrote about Wonders for the LA Times and Michael Fox interviewed Else for SF360. I interviewed Else about his previous documentary on opera, Sing Faster.
Both fillms are showing several other times at the festival.
Originally posted on tigerbeat.vox.com