Notes From a Revolution: The Diggers, Com/Co, and the Haight

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On Friday July 20, 2012 at the Marfa Book Co., CineMarfa and Marfa Book Co. are proud to present a very rare screening of a film made by the San Francisco Diggers, NOWSREAL. The screening marks the release of the book Notes From A Revolution: The Diggers, Com/Co, and the Haight, edited by CineMarfa founder David Hollander and Kristine McKenna, newly published by Foggy Notion Books and Richard Prince’s Fulton Ryder.  Reception starts at 7pm, and the film will be screened at 8.

The San Francisco Diggers were true anarchists, with roots in the Theater of the Absurd, Existentialism, and strategies of direct action. Assembled in 1966 in the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco, under the leadership of Peter Berg, Emmett Grogan, Peter Coyote, and Billy Murcott, they coined slogans designed to prod people into participating, and staged art happenings, public interventions, and street theater infused with wicked humor. An important part of their methodology were the broadsides they produced and distributed throughout the Haight, printed by the Communication Company, a short-lived publishing outfit founded by Chester Anderson and Claude Hayward. A selection of these graphically inventive, lacerating broadsides are gathered together for the first time in Notes From a Revolution, which offers a fascinating look at the counterculture in its early bloom.

“Nowsreal” is a lyrical verite documentary short film that looks at the Diggers scene in the Haight circa 1967. It was made by Kelly Hart and Digger founder Peter Berg, with help from celebrated cinematographer Haskell Wexler. It has only been screened publicly a handful of times since it was made. A very special thanks to Kelly Hart and Judy Goldhaft for allowing us to show this archival gem. David Hollander will introduce the film and be on hand to sign copies of the book.