Thursday, October 30 at 10:30pm. Two gorgeous, locally produced short films about the magical beauty of the North Bay. The first 15-minute show, Hidden in Plain Sight: Mt. Tamalpais, profiles the guardian peak of the San Francisco Bay Area, which is considered sacred by many, Native and non-native alike. In 1950, the Army bulldozed the highest peak of Mt. Tam to build an Air Force station tasked with directing jet interceptors and short range Nike nuclear missiles against the potential threat of Russian nuclear bombers. By 1980 the base was obsolete and summarily closed. The military literally walked away from dozens of structures, leaving behind a huge toxic mess on the mountain—asbestos, fencing, foundations, and infrastructure. Through the use of historical footage, interviews and exquisite cinematography, this film explores the history of the West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais and how local citizens have been fighting to restore their mountain to a natural state.
Next, get ready for the Full Moon, Pacific Blanket, a lush paean to fog by photographer and videographer Gary Yost. The Bay Area is famous for its dense fog, and when you're in it, the fog is cold and grey. But there's another side to the fog and the only way to see what happens when it blankets the San Francisco Bay Area at night is to be above it. Because Mt. Tam is closed to everyone but rangers and fire lookout volunteers after sunset, very few people have ever seen the majestically mysterious vapors of the Pacific ocean as it flows in to completely cover the Bay. The footage for this film was shot during a supermoon in August of this year, when the top of the fog and the slopes of Mt. Tam were fully illuminated by silvery-blue light. A gorgeous, eerily hypnotic short film that reveals the majesty and grandeur of a weather phenomenon we take for granted. You'll never look at fog the same way again. (Repeats 11/03/14 at 7:30pm)]]>