Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Wanda's Picks Radio Show June 4, 2014

This morning we feature interviews with directors featured in the 13th Annual SF Doc Fest June 5-19, 2014, or (415) 552-5580 adv. tickets: N'Jeri Eaton, producer and Mario Furloni, director's "First Friday," Ryan Murdock's "Bronx Obama," and Kevin Gordon's "True Son." We close with a prerecorded interview with director, Chris Mason Johnson, "Test." Test opens theatrically in the Bay Area June 6, 2014.

Music: Amikaeyla's Hambone and Dreamer; Meklit Hadero's "Call" and Meklit and Quinn's "This Must Be the Place."

Link to show:

: In the same year Oakland was rated one of the top five destinations in the world and one of the most dangerous cities in America. Once a month, these two realities collide. People here call it  First Friday. The event has become a symbol of Oakland’s renaissance. But after a teenager is murdered, the future of First Fridays is threatened.

TEST is a visually stunning, beautifully choreographed, and powerfully moving story set in the San Francisco modern dance scene of 1985, in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, right before the first HIV test is announced.

TRUE SON follows 22-year old Stanford graduate Michael Tubbs’ campaign for Stockton, CA city council in a year of impending bankruptcy and record homicides. For Michael Tubbs, a Stockton native born to a teenage mother and incarcerated father, engaging with youth is crucial to solving Stockton’s problems. In a remarkable election campaign, Michael rallied hundreds of young Stockton residents between the ages of 14-21 to join his movement to Reinvent Stockton.

TRUE SON documents Michael’s journey as he returns to his roots and leads a passionate campaign to win a seat on city council and reinvent Stockton.

When Louis Ortiz shaved off his goatee one day in 2008, his life changed forever. He looked in the mirror and he didn’t see himself – a middle-aged, unemployed Puerto Rican father from the Bronx. He saw the face of change, of hope… of money.

BRONX OBAMA tells the strange and improbable tale of a Barack Obama impersonator who tries to cash in on the “look of a lifetime” and chases a fevered American dream from opportunity to oblivion. Filmmaker Ryan Murdock’s debut feature film has been in the making for nearly 3 years, as he intimately documented Mr. Ortiz’s transformation during Obama’s first term and the 2012 election season. Murdock has rolled out this story in multiple parts – first as a 36-minute radio piece for NPR’s This American Life, then as a short film for The New York Times.


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