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3rd Annual Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival

The 3rd Annual May Day Labor Film Festival, titled "Reel Work", will be from April 25th to May 1st in celebration of International Workers' Day. The purpose of the festival is to increase community awareness of the history and culture of the U.S. and international labor movement. Filmmakers, producers, labor historians and union organizers featured in the films will be present to introduce films and lead discussion.

Topics include the recent FTAA protests in Miami, the multiracial grassroots movement of the L.A. Bus Riders Union, the organizing efforts of garment workers in sweatshops in Thailand and Bangladesh, and flower nursery workers in Colombia. Films range from classics such as Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times and At the River I Stand, to local premieres about the recent Safeway strike and the Oakland docks anti-war protest of last April.

Reel Work: May Day Labor Film Festival

[ Sunday, A25 at 12pm I Sunday, A25 at 7pm I Monday, A26 at 7pm I Tuesday, A27 at 7pm I Wednesday, A28 at 7pm I Thursday, A29 at 7pm I Friday, April 30 at 7pm I Saturday, May 1 at 1pm ]
Dear friends,

Please lend us your support by spreading the word about this exciting festival to all of your friends in Northern California.

The 3rd Annual May Day Labor Film Festival, titled "Reel Work", will be from April 25th to May 1st, 2004, in celebration of International Workers' Day. The purpose of the festival is to increase community awareness of the history and culture of the U.S. and international labor movement. Filmmakers, producers, labor historians and union organizers featured in the films will be present to introduce films and lead discussion.

Admission will be by donation.

We have a dynamic and inspiring line-up of films and speakers this year: from Haskell Wexler, legendary cinematographer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Matewan, Bound for Glory and countless others, to filmmaker/human rights' activist Marta Rodriguez, who is traveling all the way from Bogota, Colombia, to join us, to accomplished actor, Ian Ruskin, who is performing a one-man play about the life of ILWU labor leader, Harry Bridges.

Topics include the recent FTAA protests in Miami, the multiracial grassroots movement of the L.A. Bus Riders Union, the organizing efforts of garment workers in sweatshops in Thailand and Bangladesh, and flower nursery workers in Colombia. Films range from classics such as Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times and At the River I Stand, to local premieres about the recent Safeway strike and the Oakland docks anti-war protest of last April.
 
 


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Re: 3rd Annual Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival

Did you include Democracy in the Workplace in the film festival? If so, do you want the videomaker there?
 

Re: 3rd Annual Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival

no, it's not there. I think it was shown at a previous festival, but doubtfully. We'd love to have the videomaker speak, but it's become too late for that, sorry. Maybe next year. You can always find us through our website, www.reelwork.org
 

Shots on the Docks

Last night (4/26) I saw Shots on the Docks for the first time. The documentary was really well done and did a great job of exposing the police state thugs known as cops.

The Oakland Police (The American Police State) showed total disregard for demonstrators and workers with the ILWU.

The video shows the cops shooting at people that were following laws, including ILWU workers that were simply showing on the job.

For more information on Shots on the Docks, check out:
www.brightpathvideo.com/Labor_Video.htm

or, contact:

The Labor Video Project
P.O. Box 425584
San Francisco, Ca. 94142
(415) 282-1908
(415) 695-1369 Fax
lvpsf (at) labornet.org

It was also a pleasure to hear Steve Zeltzer speak about Labor and Media. Unfortunately, I forget the name of the women that filmed the video, but it was also great to hear her speak about her experiences.

The Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival has already become a very important part of both the local and global struggle for justice and equality.

Thanks Reel Workers.
 

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