Sunday, August 25th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments
Victorian adventurer and sexologist Sir Richard Francis Burton (John Robinson), following an “unfortunate encounter” with the Fountain of Youth in 1892, is 170 years old and living in Toronto, Canada. Burton, now living and working as the chief taxidermist at a Museum of Natural History[disambiguation needed], is searching for a centerpiece display for an exhibit in his Hall of Contagion. He comes up with the idea of featuring AIDS and the Patient Zero hypothesis. Accepting the popular belief that Zero introduced the virus to North America, Burton sets out to collect video footage from those who knew Zero to support the hypothesis. When Zero’s doctor (Brenda Kamino), mother (Charlotte Boisjoli) and former airline colleague Mary (Dianne Heatherington), who is now with ACT UP, all refuse to demonize Zero, Burton manipulates the footage to make it appear as if they do and includes doctored photographs of Zero showing signs of Kaposi’s sarcoma. He presents this preliminary version to the press.
The ghost of Zero (Normand Fauteux) materializes at a local gay bathhouse. No one can see or hear him, until Zero runs into Burton while Burton is spying on Zero’s friend George. Zero realizes that Burton can see him, although Zero does not show up on Burton’s video camera. The two strike a deal; Zero agrees to help Burton with his Patient Zero exhibit if Burton finds a way to make Zero appear.
The two return to the museum where Burton makes a ridiculous attempt to seduce Zero to ensure his participation. Rejecting his advances, Zero examines some of the other exhibits (including displays on Typhoid Mary and the Tuskegee syphilis study) before finding an African green monkey, another suspected early AIDS vector. The monkey (Marla Lukofsky) angrily denounces Zero for scapegoating her just as he has been scapegoated. Zero turns to Burton and they make love.
Under pressure from his director and the exhibit’s drug manufacturer sponsor, Burton steals Zero’s medical records in hopes of discovering new information. Zero and Burton examine an old blood sample of Zero’s under a microscope and discover Miss HIV (Michael Callen), who points out that the original study that was used to label Patient Zero as the first person to bring HIV to North America did not prove any such thing, but instead helped prove that HIV was sexually transmitted, leading to the development of safer sex practices. Under this interpretation, Zero could be lauded as a hero for his candor in participating in that original study. As Burton ponders this, an unknown fluid squirts from the eye pieces of the microscope, drenching Zero and making him appear on video. He joyously declares his innocence on tape but the effect only lasts five minutes before he fades away again. Zero angrily accuses Burton of not caring for him at all and only wanting to use him for the exhibit, then storms out.
Burton fails to complete the revised Patient Zero exhibit before its scheduled opening date. The museum curator substitutes the original presentation instead over Burton’s protests, leading to a renewed rush of press scapegoating Zero. The night after the exhibit opens, Mary and other ACT UP members break into the Hall of Contagion and trash the exhibit. Zero returns and Burton explains that he tried to stop the exhibit. Zero forgives Burton but says he wants to disappear again completely. Zero merges with his disfigured video image and, smoking a cigarette inside the video, sets off the fire alarm. The sprinklers destroy the video player and Zero vanishes.
A major subplot involves George (Richardo Keens-Douglas), a French teacher and former intimate of Zero’s. George is losing his sight to cytomegalovirus and is taking a drug that is manufactured by a company that, as a member of ACT UP, George is protesting. George struggles through the film to resolve his conflicted feelings over this, his guilt over abandoning Zero during the final days of his illness and his fear that the same thing will happen to him.
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments
Movie and discussion: Berkeley in the 60s – includes historical footage and interviews with activists who were involved in the Free Speech Movement, civil rights, and the anti-war movement, plus the creation of People’s Park. Valuable background info for current day East Bay radicals.
Long Haul features a free movie the third Sunday of each month September – March.
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments
The second Sunday of each month is Penpal night!
Write letters and postcards to your own penpals and/or prisoners who’ve written letters to Slingshot newspaper. Long Haul will provide the first 10 stamps and envelopes each week FREE. We’ll also provide paper, pens and typewriters.
Saturday, August 10th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments
“I cento passi” (one hundred steps) was the distance between the Impastatos’ house and the house of Tano Badalamenti, an important Mafia boss, in the small Sicilian town of Cinisi. The movie is the story of Peppino Impastato, a young left-wing activist that in the late seventies (when almost nobody dared to speak about Mafia, and several politicians maintained that Mafia did not even exist) repeatedly denounced Badalamenti crimes and the whole Mafia system using a small local radio station, with the arm of irony. In 1978 Peppino (30 years old) was killed by an explosion. The police archived the case as an accident or a suicide, but his friends never accepted this thesis. Note: This is a true story. More than wenty years after Peppino’s death, the case has been re-opened. Tano Badalamenti, meanwhile, has been convicted in USA for drug traffic.
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments
Join us this Sunday at 7:15 for a screening of Zero Patience. This film has it all. An undead, eminent Victorian linguist and explorer, talking asshole puppets and a musical number about getting erections at a bathhouse….
what else do you need to know?
what’s not to like?
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments
On Sunday, April 21st — what we’re calling “Earth Night” — 350.org will premiere a film about our work and our growing movement. That evening , people will be gathering in hundreds of living rooms and libraries across the country to see this film. Meeting in person is the lifeblood of our movement, and we hope that gathering to watch this snazzy film can be an opportunity to connect with new people and grow the movement locally.
The movie is an inspiring, beautiful, and fast-paced story that shows the power of the growing climate movement. It clocks in at 42-minutes — and it packs a lot in: from the cross-country campaign/tour done last year, to the latest dispatches from leaders in the fight to stop Keystone XL, to the campaign to divest from fossil fuels.
Sunday, March 10th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments
Translators and poets Brent Cunningham, Piper Wheeler, Isobel Palmer, and Peter Golub will be reading translations and talking about obscure Russian writers from the 1860s to the 1970s who have been translated.
Sunday, January 6th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments
Next up on the free Palestine film series, we will be screening “Bil’in Habibti”, about the protest movement in the village of Bil’in Palestine. This film was made by an Israeli anarchist who gave Tristan and family a lot of support while we were in the hospital. And it’s a great film. Free event, free food. This event is sponsored by Justice 4 Tristan and Northern California International Solidarity Movement
Saturday, December 29th, 2012 | Uncategorized | No Comments
The Other Fabulous Reading Series present s
Location / Hours
3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA. 94705
tele - (510) 540-0751 Map
Tuesday & Wednesday 6~9
Saturday & Sunday 3~9