R Cohen doc FILMS: Taylor's Campaign, Hurry Tomorrow, Deadly

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 9 Nov 1998 19:29:25 -0400

FWD  Richard Cohen Films, PO Box 1012, Venice, CA 90291
          Tel: (310) 395-3549     email:rbc23@juno.com

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The following are descriptions of four feature length documentary films
now available on video from Richard Cohen Films: Taylor's Campaign, Hurry
Tomorrow, Deadly Force, 41 Days (an unfinished film).  Each title is
$39/or$89.  Order 3 or more tapes and get 10 percent discount.

Purchase information is at the end of the message.
Taylor's Campaign (75 minutes)
Director and Editor: Richard Cohen
Producers: Amy Ziering Kofman and Richard Cohen

Narrated by Martin Sheen and directed by Richard Cohen, Taylor's Campaign
is an "intimate, wrenching, and delicately humourous" verite documentary
about an unforgettable world of hardworking people living in cardboard
lean-tos in luxurious Santa Monica, California. They survive by dumpster
diving and by finding joy and safety together.

When new laws threaten their existence, a penniless truck driver Ron
Taylor runs for Santa Monica city council as a voice for tolerance.

"The brash honesty of Taylor's Campaign" infuses the tragedy of
homelessness with both humor and empathy. The film pulls viewers into the
situation of the homeless, making us feel what it is like to be
second-class citizens."  -- Holly Payne, Release Print magazine

"A rare opportunity to transform one's perceptions and by extension, our
society." -- Michael Fox, SF Weekly

"Remarkable...Comparisons with Grapes of Wrath are well derserved." --
Kelly Vance, Express (Berkeley,Oakland)

"Lively, compassionate...The film's close-up views of a homeless
community are illuminating, but its most sadly revealing elements are the
casually cruel remarks made by priviliged citizens about their
down-and-out neighbors."
             --David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor

"A Grapes of Wrath for today, a stirring uphill battle for justice.
...investigative filmmaking has not been silenced"       Terry Messman,
Editor, Street Spirit, Bekeley

"You should see this film. It can make you think about a lot of things --
about what you want our society to look like, about poverty and
homelessness and the civil rights that each of us should have, to live
with a little dignity, a little honor."
       Jason Albertson, Street Sheet, San Francisco

"Excellent documentary...cuts right to the heart of the plight of the
homeless.  Taylor's Campaign shows us how easily many of us could end up
on the streets ourselves and leaves us aware of a terrible vacuum in
creative, morally imaginative leadership in our self-absorbed society."
                Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"A thoughtful, rounded look at a subject that won't go away no matter how
hard we try to ignore it."
                  Renee Downing, Arizona Daily Star

"An excellent job at portraying the nature of community among homeless
people and how vital these social ties are when people are faced with
such extremely adverse conditions."
		Jennifer Wolch, author "Malign Neglect"
                Prof. Geography, Univ.of Southern CA

"I just read the essays that my 18 year olds wrote in response to the
film.  ...nothing has touched them like Taylor's Campaign."  --Marilyn
                   Professor Creative Writing
            State University College at Cortland,NY

"Not only did I view it, but I plan to show it in both my Social Problems
class and in my graduate class on Homelessness this fall.  I liked the
way you wove together the individual stories with the political
situation, a good way to show the criminalization of homelessness."
     Talmadge Wright, Prof. Sociology,
     Loyola University, Chicago
     author "Out of Place: Homeless Mobilization, Subcitites
and Contested Landscapes"

"I found it extremely compelling and believe it would be a wonderful
resource for undergraduate and graduate students as well as researchers
interested in the politics of homelessness.  This film illustrates
several dimensions of homelessness in contemporary U.S. cities; it
documents the everyday lives and routines of homeless persons, it
illustrates the interaction between homeless persons, businesses, and
social control agents (such as the police), and it provides critique from
various perspectives of the ways that local government responds to the
regional issue of homelessness."
               Lois M. Takahashi,
               Prof. Urban and Regional Planning UC Irvine,
	       author "Homelessness, Aids and Stigmatization"

Taylor's Campaign is a production of Raindog Films in association with
Film Arts Foundation of San Francisco.

Hurry Tomorrow -- a film by Richard Cohen and Kevin Rafferty (76 minutes,

Hurry Tomorrow is a powerful statement about the loss of human rights
suffered by psychiatric patients and offers a shocking portrait of the
side of psychiatry that is ordinarily hidden from public view.

This highly acclaimed verite documentary was filmed over a six week
period on a locked ward at Metropolitan State Hospital in Los Angeles.
It shows patients being tied down with straps and cuffs, forcibly drugged
with tranquilizers, reducing them to helpless zombie-like states.  The
film shares moments of warmth between imates trying to keep some dignity
in a dehumanized environment.

An effort to ban Hurry Tomorrow instead led to a statewide investigation
of more than a thousand patient deaths in the state hospital system.

"This ever timely, remarkable film provides a rare look into the workings
of the mental health care system.  Educators and students in a wide range
of disciplines can make a personal connection with the film's insights
into the harsh realities of treatment of mental health patients, staff
attitudes, and issues of patients' rights."
           Prof. Jean LaCour, Psychology and Ethics,
           California State University, Los Angeles (1998)

"Hurry Tomorrow is the most important film on hospital life to emerge in
the last ten years and goes way beyond 'Titicut Follies' or 'One Flew
Over the Cuckoo's Nest' in its indictment of mental hospital conditions.
It is beautifully made and at times almost brings one to tears."
                   Alan Rosenthal, The Documentary Conscience
                                   UC Press, 1980

"Hurry Tomorrow is a crucifying indictment of ward conditions, the
pharmaceutical companies, and the violations of present laws.  The film
is an act of courage and a warning about mind control told with
compassion and rage."
                            Linda Gross, Los Angeles Times

"Awesomely true and inspirationally powerful.  It is an excellent
training experience for new advocates and a humbling reminder for those
of us who believe we have seen it all."
     Steve Schwartz,NARPA- National Association for Rights,
    Protection and Advocacy (1976)

41 Days -- an unfinished film on video by Richard Cohen
 -Available for the first time-

A powerful new 51 minute rough-cut documentary about the madness
liberation movement of northern California.

In the 1970's psychiatric survivors and mental health workers formed the
Network Against Psychiatric Assault (NAPA).  Operating out of a San
Francisco storefront, NAPA campaigned against involuntary treatment and
brought to the public an unparalleled awareness of human rights
violations suffered by people locked up in psychiatric facilities.

41 Days tells the story of NAPA's landmark achievements such as helping
to get passed legislation giving people the absoute right to refuse
lobotomies, the creation of client-run crises programs, and the election
campaign that resulted in a voter passed ban on ECT in Berkeley,

Using verite style filming and first hand accounts by NAPA members -- 41
Days presents a compelling picture of this important and much overlooked
civil rights movement.

Deadly Force, a film by Richard Cohen (60 minutes)
(available on video for the first time)

"A gripping and persuasive investigation...really a troubling, thoughtful
inquiry into the wider subject of police brutality and the whole
relationship between society and its custodians of order.  ...Chilling,
political thriller."
               Tom Shales, The Washington Post

On the morning of August 4, 1977, Sgt. Kurt Barz of the Los Angeles
Police Department stopped his car to investigate Ron Burkhnolder, a naked
unarmed man on a Los Angeles streetcorner.  Within two minutes,
BUrkholder lying dead, shot six times.

The use of 'deadly force' is a recurring and divisive issue in
communities across the nation.  this powerful and provocative documentary
examines police accountability for civilian fatalities by zeroing in on a
case that rocked city hall, stirred national press and resulted in the
re-writing of L.A.'s gun policy for officers.

Filmed in cinema verite, DEADLY FORCE follows the Burkholder killing
through a coroner's inquest and ivnestigation by the DA's office.  It
provides telling insights into the conflicting views of police officials
who defend the use of 'deadly force' in dangerous situations and
Burkholder'sf friends and relatives who charge the authorities with
engineering a cover-up.

"A major contribution to the discussion and debate in this highly
explosive area...powerful."
         Lee Weinberg, Prof. Administration of Justice
                       University of Pittsburgh

"Rivals any detective drama you've ever seen."
        San Francisco Progress

For more information on these and other videos and films contact:

Richard Cohen Films, PO Box 1012, Venice, CA 90291
        Tel: (310) 395-3549     email:rbc23@juno.com

-------All above titles------
Make out a check or money order to: Richard Cohen Films
and indicate which title or titles you want to purchase. Be sure to add
$6 per tape for shipping and handling.

Individuals ($39) restricted for personal & educational use
Organizations: ($89) schools, libraries, institutions  -- restricted to
educational and campus use.

NOTE: In California tax must be added: $3.71 for individual purchase,
$7.84 for organization purchase.

Prices subject to change.

Purchase of these tapes is restricted to personal, campus and educational
use only.  They cannot be: rented out, loaned, loaned for a fee, copied
in any way, shown to the public, advertised, broadcast on television,
cable,closed circuit -- without the express written permission of Richard
Cohen, and Richard Cohen Films.

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