Taylor's Campaign: squatter's documentary contact info FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 26 Sep 1998 13:51:57 -0400


[Taylor's Campaign documentary on Santa Monica squatters
is screening in San Frnacisco October 22-28.  See below for details.]

FWD
Press Release
September 26, 1998
Press Contact: Richard Cohen (310) 395-3549/rbc23@juno.com

For more information call: (415)552-FILM.
For group tickets call Mary Hudson at (415) 923-1923 or Richard Cohen at
(310) 395-3549.

Taylor's Campaign returns to Delancey Street Screening Room for one week
-- Thursday October 22-28.

Narrated by Martin Sheen and Directed by award-winning filmmaker Richard
Cohen, Taylor's Campaign is a story about unforgettable, 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," writes Holly Payne in San
Francisco's film magazine, Release Print.  "The film pulls viewers into
the situation of the homeless, making us feel what it is like to be
second-class citizens."

"The result is a rare opportunity," says San Francisco critic Michael
Fox, "to transform one's perceptions and by extension, our society."

Taylor's Campaign returns to Delancey Street Screening Room, 600
Embarcadero (between Brannan and Townsend Streets) in San Francisco for
one week only: Thursday, October 22 thru Wednesday, October 28.  Shows
begin at 7:30 nightly and are followed by a Q & A with the film director
and bay area guests.  Tickets are $7. at the door.  Box office opens one
half hour before show time.

For more information call: (415)552-FILM.
For group tickets call Mary Hudson at (415) 923-1923 or Richard Cohen at
(310) 395-3549.

Credits: Directed and Edited by Richard Cohen; Produced by Amy Ziering
Kofman and Richard Cohen, Cinematography by Gil Kofman and Baird Bryant,
Assisted by Marcello Bice, Narrated by Martin Sheen.

Taylor's Campaign is a production of Raindog Films in association with
Film Arts Foundation.
Released by Richard Cohen Films
(310) 395-3549  rbc23@juno.com

Additional comments on Taylor's Campaign:

"A Grapes of Wrath for today, a stirring uphill battle for justice."
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,
S.F.

"Excellent documentary...cuts right to the heart of the plight of the
homeless.  Taylor's Campaign shows us how easily many of us could ened 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


"Extremely compelling. 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"

"You know the concept's long past useful when even South Park's talking
"indie film" which is why Richard Cohen... is such a strange and welcome
sight.  Not only does he make his films sans industry support, but he
doesn't wait for a distribution deal - he simply rents out theaters.
Though he lives in Los Angeles now, he was a 14  year San Francisco
resident who secured the Clay in 1975 for 'Hurry Tomorrow,' a film that
deconstructs psychiatric hospital life in all its Thorazine
shuffling...."
                 Susan Gerhard, ArtBeat, SF Bay Guardian

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