Herb Shellenberger

Radical Sex Education Films from San Francisco’s Multi-Media Resource Center
October 16, 2014
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA, US

Part of "Lest We Forget: Remembering Radical San Francisco"
Video introduction by curator Herb Shellenberger and post-screening Q&A with Joe Rubin (Vinegar Syndrome) & YBCA programmer Joel Shepard

The Multi-Media Resource Center (MMRC) was a radical organization based in San Francisco during the 1970s and 80s. The films produced by the MMRC weren't merely the clinical documentaries typically associated with sex education, but included psychedelic sex-trips, erotic cartoons, and feminist counter-cinema. This program is a representative selection of shorts from the MMRC, with films by Jerry Abrams, Lisa Crafts, Constance Beeson, Alice Anne Parker, and a mini-survey of rare works by Laird Sutton.

Eyetoon, Jerry Abrams, 1968, US, 16mm, 7'
Desire Pie,Lisa Crafts, 1976, US, 16mm, 5'
Unfolding, Constance Beeson, 1969, US, 16mm, 16'
Near the Big Chakra, Alice Anne Parker, 1972, US, 16mm, 17'
A Ripple of Time, Laird Sutton, 1974, US, 16mm, 24'
Free, Laird Sutton, 1971, US, 16mm, 12'
Vir Amat, Laird Sutton, 1971, US, 16mm, 15'