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Four More Years: Film Streaming and Live Conversation

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 3:15 AM


Film - Feature | October 21 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Sponsor:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In the sixties, it would have been obvious to say the mass media dictated what was newsworthy. But how does one rebut such a self-serving, monolithic system? One gesture was to turn portable video technology toward alternative documentation of the historical ferment. And so it was that in the early seventies Michael Shamberg, Megan Williams, and Allen Rucker formed Top Value Television (TVTV) and set out to show that dissident, raggedy mediamaking could serve as a DIY solution. TVTV’s start point was auspicious—the 1972 presidential conventions. Their ragtag camera crews wandered the events, gathering overlooked stories with a frankness the networks shunned. Four More Years is TVTV’s glimpse of the GOP convention with Nixon up for reelection. Inside the arena, a highly orchestrated political event is delivered, while outside antiwar protesters lean toward anarchy. TVTV’s offhanded confabs with network icons like Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite convey the humdrum nature of this prepackaged spectacle.

Join us for a live conversation with TVTV cofounders Allen Rucker and Megan Williams and media curator and writer Steve Seid, plus additional clips. Access is included with rental of the streaming film program; you will receive an access link via email prior to the event.
Event contact:  bampfa@berkeley.edu, 510-642-0808
Access Coordinator:  Christian Bumala,  bampfa@berkeley.edu,  510-642-0808

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