Benefit screening of newest “Lost Landscapes” at Internet Archive, December 18

A bit from the screening of Lost Landscapes 4. Don’t miss the footage at 3:30!

For eight years running, archivist Rick Prelinger has presented his annual collection of old San Francisco film and home movie clips as part of “Lost Landscapes”, “bringing together both familiar and unseen archival film clips showing San Francisco as it was and is no more.” This year’s show at the Castro has already sold out.

But on December 18, the Internet Archive at Clement Street near Funston will host an additional screening, with proceeds benefiting the Archive whose scanning center burned in a fire last month.

Many of Prelinger’s archival films were scanned and converted to digital at the Internet Archive for previous Lost Landscapes, and funds raised at the Dec. 18 screening will help replace the specialized equipment that was lost.

This year’s Lost Landscapes includes newly-discovered images of Playland and Sutro Baths; the waterfront; families living and playing in their neighborhoods; detail-rich streetscapes of the late 1960s; the 1968 San Francisco State strike; Army and family life in the Presidio; buses, planes, trolleys and trains; a selected reprise of greatest hits from years 1-7; and much, much more.

Prelinger’s screenings never include a soundtrack – he relies on the audience for that. “As usual, the viewers make the soundtrack — audience members are asked to identify places and events, ask questions, share their thoughts, and create an unruly interactive symphony of speculation about the city we’ve lost and the city we’d like to live in.”

The screening takes place on December 18 at the Internet Archive (300 Funston Avenue) with a reception at 6pm, followed by the film at 7:30pm. Tickets are available online and start at $25.

If you love San Francisco history and have a penchant for time travel, you don’t want to miss it.

Sarah B.