Wednesday night 6pm.
1) Broadcast and projection opening with a ceremony led by Ohlone Costanoan Carmel Rumsen Tribal Chair Tony Cerda,
The fog rolled in on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009 allowing us to see the statue of the murderer Columbus looking bewilderedly out into the San Francisco Bay as projections of Indigenous Renewal splashed Coit Tower for a second night. Photo by D. N. Russo
supported by Indian Canyon Chair, Ann Marie Sayers and several people and organizations that are helping bring about a renewal of Ohlone presence in San Francisco: San Bruno Mountain Watch and Literacy for Environmental Justice among others.
2) After the opening ceremony we will broadcast a unique recording of key meetings and interviews made on Alcatraz during February of 1970, of Alcatraz occupiers telling their goals and perspectives. It provides a powerful window on the exuberance and clarity of the Red Power Movement at that time. Our guest will respond, interject, and reflect on that window.
3) Act three will discuss the consequences of Alcatraz. Members of the International Indian Treaty Council, and veterans of the occupation, and a special guest, one of the skippers of Sausalito Indian Navy, Mary Crowley, will tell us stories of solidarity on the sea.
We’ll project five short films onto Coit Tower while these guests converse: films about Alcatraz and the Ohlone, all made within the last few months, will dance on Coit Tower. Films by Marlo McKenzie, Sam and Keith Moreau, Anthony Sol, Rupert, Ben Wood and Dave Mark, Catherine Herrera, and Richard Robinson and Lorenzo will accompany the broadcast.
At 10pm we’ll project the full and excellent documentary “Alcatraz is not an Island,” and we’ll broadcast the audio from that stunning documentary of that history making event.
If we can webcast the event, look for a live Quicktime video stream here: rtsp://tv.indybay.org:80/CoitProjections.sdp
For Immediate Release
Alcatraz Remembered: Coit Tower To Be Lit with All-Night Projections
Coit Tower morphed again from romantic winespot to tourist lookout. Photo: D. N. Russo
SAN FRANCISCO – Nov. 11, 2009 – This “Thanksgiving” Eve, a digital projection & live radio broadcast commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969-71, prefiguring the return of Ohlone to San Francisco, will have us ask ourselves, what is indigenous? The two-night event titled, “Indigenous Renewal: Alcatraz Occupation Remembrance + Ohlone Presence Celebrated!” features regional film makers’ works and archival footage from the occupation of the island in 1969. Wednesday’s projections will greet people early morning Thursday as they gather at Pier 31 to board boats to Alcatraz for the annual ceremony there.
The encore 2nd screening happens on all-night Thursday evening, November 26, 2009.
An accompanying LIVE radio program is scheduled for this projection beginning at 6pm and continuing to at least 11pm, on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
This event follows a series of projections by David Mark and Ben Wood in 2004, 2006, & 2008 highlighting the cultural heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since 2008 the projection has combined the use of live radio broadcast with the participation of KPOO 89.5 FM and the cooperation of Neil MacLean & Mary Jean Robertson, of Voices of Native the Ohlone Profiles Project. The producers hope to “probe the many thousands of supporters to rethink San Francisco’s history.”
"Welcome to Ohlone Territory!" with a still from the film "Alcatraz Is Not An Island" made in 2001. Photo by D. N. Russo
This outdoor cinematic event culminates a week of events commemorating the 40th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz Island by the Indians of All Tribes. The occupation changed American history by ending the US policy of Tribal Termination, and it also strengthened tribes across the country to stand up, including San Francisco’s original inhabitants, the Ohlone. Their renewed strength brings with it the chance for San Francisco to finally do the right thing for its Native people, as so many tens of thousands demanded in 1969.
Collaborating Film Makers and Artists include:
* Alcatraz is Not an Island: James Fortier
* Rendevouz with Alcatraz: Ben Wood & David Mark
* Welcome to Ohlone Territory: Marlo Mckenzie and Neil Maclean
Ohlone Families: Charlene Sul, Anthony Sul
* San Bruno Mountain: Keith Moreau and Sam Ellis Moreau
* Humaya Dancers at De Young: Richard Robinson and Lorenzo
* Alcatraz is Not an Island REDUX – We Remember: D. N. Russo
Hours after the Ohlone Welcoming ceremony led by Ann Marie Sayers and Tony Cerda broadcast live on 89.5 FM, guests lingered and CBS did a standup news spot live. Photo by D. N. Russo
The projection will use two 12,000 lumen projectors that will cast an illuminated moving image sequence onto the surface of the 210 foot tower from two separate vantage points, covering an area of 270 degrees from the West to the North-East portions of Coit Tower and live remote broadcast from viewing areas.
The San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks has again issued a permit. Special thanks for cooperation with the dwellers of Telegraph Hill, particularly Julie Christiansen. Thanks to Alex Cherian of Bay Television Archive at San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Arts Commission, and D. N. Russo of the Bay Area Community Exchange (BACE) Time Bank.
What: A digital projection & live radio broadcast commemorating the 40th anniversary of the
Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969-71
When: November 25th & 26th, 2009, dusk to 7am
Where: Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA,
TUNE IN: 6pm-11pm Wednesday, broadcast on KPOO 89.5 FM (online at www.coitlive.com www.ohloneprofiles.org)
Viewable from: Pier 31, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pioneer Park, Grant St. & Greenwich St, Washington Sq. Park
Photo by D. N. Russo
Ben Wood's piece screens below while another film plays above. Photo by D. N. Russo
Media Inquiries please contact:
Ben Wood: 415 515 8390 email@example.com
David Mark: 415 515 5540 firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil Maclean: 415 515 8430 email@example.com
Extra Special Thanks to The Clutch Volunteer Union:
Neil MacLean (Co-founder – Ohlone Profiles Project, Coit Location Producer, Location Hospitality)
Mary Jean Robertson (Radio Host, KPOO and SF Local Hero)
Rupert (Coit Location Producer, Mobile Media Studio & Projection Truck, FM Radio Remote Engineer, Website Management, Video Editor, Graphic Design, PR, Location Hospitality)
Manuel Trujillo (Sound Support, Carpenter, Labor Rustler)
Armando (Carpenter, Labor Rustler)
Michael Fox (Projectionist Assistant, Technical Staff)
Michael Friedman (Location Videographer, Editor)
Modok (Remote Radio Location Assistant, Technical Staff)
Sean McMahon (FM Radio Technical Engineer)
Lisa Weiss (Volunteer Rustler, Photographer, Publicity)
Bernadette (FM Radio Producer)
Harrison at KPOO, Fara at ATA, Craig from Other Cinema, Eileen, Telegraph Hill Parrots and Other Dwellers Association, Bill Gunn, Vernon, Ben at VER, D. N. Russo, Marlo Mckenzie, Charlene Sul, Donna Tuggy, Anthony Sul,
Ann Marie Sayers, Tony Cerda, Greg Castro, Ben Wood, David Mark, David Molina
Special Thanks to Video Producers:
James Fortier and Jon Plutte (”Alcatraz Is Not An Island” 2001), Marlo Mckenzie, Keith Moreau and Sam Ellis Moreau, Richard Robinson and Lorenzo, Charlene and Anthony Sul, Ben Wood, D. N. Russo
Also Very Cool:
Noisebridge, Artists’ Television Access, 89.5 FM KPOO Radio San Francisco, Bay Area Community Exchange
Interviews in the Remote Studio, Photo by: D. N. Russo
Mr. Jones looks on at Alcatraz Is Not An Island. We put on the whole film for him to watch after hearing that he was the captain of the boat seen in the historic footage that the Coast Guard crashed into in 1969 as he brought more Indians to Alcatraz!... and he had never seen it. Photo by: D. N. Russo
Tony Cerda on CBS 5
Ann Marie Sayers and Tony Cerda begin the broadcast in ceremony live on KPOO 89.5 FM. If you recorded the radio broadcast, we want to know.
Neil MacLean explains the power of transforming culture through public conversation on giant monuments...
Sam Ellis Moreau talks about San Bruno Mountain and her film on the tower. Keith Moreau documents the moment.