During this year’s All-Gaucho Reunion, on Friday, April 23rd, Magic Lantern Films and KCSB-FM will host free screenings commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Isla Vista uprisings, while also encouraging reflection on contemporary parallels today.
First up, at 7pm, is Don’t Bank on Amerika, a rarely-seen documentary from 1970, co-directed by cinema scholar Peter Biskind, about the turbulence at UCSB that resulted in the burning of the I.V. branch of the Bank of America.
At 7:45pm is another short from the 1980’s, Alex Berk’s Beyond the Barricades, about the lives of I.V. activists two decades later.
The evening culminates at 9:30pm with the area debut of Chicago 10, a feature about the trial of the Chicago 8, anti-war protesters prosecuted by the government for organizing demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic National Convention — proceedings that contributed to tensions in Isla Vista. Utilizing archival footage, animation, contemporary music, and the voices of Nick Nolte, Roy Schieder, Liev Schrieber, Mark Ruffalo, Jeffrey Wright, and Hank Azaria, filmmaker Brett Morgen creates a cult-movie vibe perfectly suited for a late-night weekend screening.
Other Isla Vista shorts will season the mix.
The Magic Lantern Theater is located at 960 Embarcadero Del Norte in Isla Vista. The evening’s slate of films is free and open to the entire public.