Long Now Talks

Rick Prelinger

Lost Landscapes 02022 Bay and Gateway: Past Glimpses and Possible Futures

Join us in-person at the Herbst Theater for special showings of a new LOST LANDSCAPES film by Rick Prelinger. We've just added a second night, and there are tickets available for both Tuesday 12/13/22 and Wednesday 12/14/22, via the ticket link above. Long Now Members can reserve a pair of tickets on either night!

Prelinger Library Patron Tickets include reserve seating in the front rows of the theater. 100% of the funds raised via these patron tickets goes directly to support the Prelinger Library - San Francisco's famed experimental research library that supports artists, historians, community members, and researchers of all kinds.

This year's LOST LANDSCAPES pictures the infrastructures, peoples and landscapes of California, centering on San Francisco’s everyday past and the futures we have tried to build. Casting an archival gaze on San Francisco and cities, towns and places throughout California where nature and culture meet, the film recalls moments in the history of our state's resources, the scars of settlement and its backbones: transportation, extraction, communication, travel and labor — all intersecting in a panoramic city/state symphony documenting the past and suggesting possible futures in an age of systemic uncertainty.

As always, this year's film (the 17th!) combines home movies, government-produced and industrial films, feature-film outtakes and many other surprises (including many newly discovered San Francisco historical images). As with all LOST LANDSCAPES events, the audience makes the soundtrack, and you are cordially invited to identify people, places and events, pose questions to one another and to the host, and engage in spirited conversation as the film plays.

On Monday December 19, 02022 we will also do a public livestream of LOST LANDSCAPES. Rick will be joining us live on chat to engage in spirited real-time repartee with you and fellow viewers! The livestream will be on our YouTube channel and right here on this page.

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