The Making of... Screenings at the Roxie

Friday, May 31, 2013
8:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

Roxie Theater, 3125 16th Street, San Francisco

As part of The Making Of…, The Kitchen Sisters and SFMOMA go offsite for two screenings at the Roxie Theater. Join surfboard maker Danny Hess and artist/surfer Jay Nelson for the classic 1971 surf film Morning of the Earth. Afterwards, filmmakers A. K. Burns and A. L. Steiner launch the national tour of their lesbian utopian porn film Community Action Center.

Morning of the Earth focuses on a group of surfers off the coast of northeast Australia, offering glimpses of them at home — in tree houses and farms — and in the water. Its subjects include Stephen Cooney, a fifteen-year-old native Australian, and Rusty Miller, a veteran big wave surfer from Hawaii, who travel beyond their native territory to Bali in search of the perfect wave. A tribute to the art of surfing and the act of living in harmony with nature, the film features an award-winning soundtrack produced by G. Wayne Thomas, with music by Australian acts Tamam Shud, John J. Francis, and Brian Cadd.

Artists A. L. Steiner and A. K. Burns frame the sexual as political in their radical 69-minute portrait of queer eroticism. A multigenerational community of artists, friends, and lovers perform in a series of explicit sex scenes set in the realms of both the real and fantastic. The video appropriates the tropes of pornography for their comical value, critical consideration and as historical homage. In Impact Zone, Kuhne and Constantinou send girls and cars racing to the finish line, showing that girls can be, in the words of the filmmakers, "chock full of drive & risk-taking thrill at every turn."   

Additional Info

8:30 p.m. Morning of the Earth, Albert Falzon, 1971, 79 min., digital presentation

10:15 p.m. Community Action Center, A. K. Burns and A. L. Steiner, 2010, 69 min., digital presentation

Preceded by Impact Zone, Kadet Kuhne and Sophie Constantinou, 1996, 8:40 min., digital presentation.  Introduction and post-screening Q & A with Burns, Steiner, Kuhne and Lynn Breedlove.