A MODEL FAMILY IN A MODEL HOME
HD video Color Sound 22 minutes 2015
Fleeing from the Nazis, Bertolt Brecht arrived in Los Angeles in 1941. This film is inspired by notes for movie that he based on an article in Life Magazine called A Model Family in a Model Home. It explores Brecht’s ideas about working people and the home as a stage upon which larger political and social forces are played out.
TWO MARXISTS IN HOLLYWOOD
HD video Color Sound 26 minutes 2015
Cast: Bryan Yoshi Brown, Ben Taylor
In 1930 Russian avant-garde filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein spent six months in Los Angeles under contract with Paramount. A decade later German playwright and theater director Bertolt Brecht, a refugee from Nazi Germany, lived there from 1941 to 1947. Both set out to make films in Hollywood on their own terms. Working in the world's most famous factory of dreams, they believed that artists must call into question the way we understand our world.They wanted to make art that was both radical and popular.
HD video black and white Sound 21 minutes 2015
Cast: Kate Valk, Jim Fletcher
A film based on Sergei Eisenstein’s notes and drawings for a science fiction movie that he pitched to Paramount Studios in 1930. Its theme is the architecture of surveillance.
Date: April 1, 2018
Pacific Film Archives
Date: April 6. 2018
Los Angeles CA