Last year I was very fortunate to be able to attend a one-of-a-kind cinema event. Lost Landscapes of San Francisco by Rick Prelinger at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. The carefully curated presentation of mostly home movies dating back over a century has its soundtrack provided by the audience, who react to the footage, calling out times, places and oddities. “Look at all those chop suey signs!” “Hey, I remember when China Basin still looked like that!” “Oh wow! VE Day on Market Street!” This year the event will be held online… along with the audience participation. The event is pay what you want. Donations to the Prelinger Library are encouraged.
Filmmaker Rick Prelinger curates exciting archival film footage, historical clips, and vintage home movie discoveries along with evergreen favorites for this feature-length movie premiere. Lost Landscapes reveals San Francisco’s people, neighborhoods, infrastructures and celebrations from Rick’s unique archivist’s perspective, with material ranging widely in time from the early 20th century through the 01980s.
Rick will be joining us live on chat with you, the audience, so come prepared to identify places, people and events, to ask questions and to engage in spirited real-time repartee with fellow viewers.
Rick Prelinger is the founder of the Prelinger Archives in San Francisco, whose moving image holdings may be found online at archive.org. With Megan Prelinger, he co-founded Prelinger Library, a publicly-available collection of historical periodicals, books, print ephemera, maps and government documents.
You can watch the 2019 incarnation below: