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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

SMOKE SIGNALS at Santa Cruz GDI Fri Aug 13th 8pm

Rumors of our death have been greatly exaggerated.  No, we were not shut down for good.  How could they do that?  They can harsh a movie or two, but man we just keep coming back.  We are goddamn guerillas!  See you on Friday!

Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In Presents

Smoke Signals
Friday June 18th 8pm
SubRosa, 703 Pacific Ave

When it comes to American Indians, Hollywood either trades in Injun stereotypes or dances with Disney. Forget that. Smoke Signals, written and directed by Native Americans, also casts Indians as Indians. Two young American Indians leave the reservation to resolve their problems and to find themselves -- belies the poetry of this well-acted, well-directed and large-hearted movie.  This tender tale of self-discovery is based on acclaimed author Sherman Alexie's short stories.

BRING blankets, pillows, anything you need to be comfortable in the great outdoors, friends, food and drink to share (though please don't bring alcohol to this location, thanks!). Donations to support the project are more than welcome.

Demystifying Anarchy: a panel discussion with speakers, food, and Q&A

Howdy, friends.  this isn't about movies, but our project and our collective have anarchist roots (even though we don't all identify as anarchists).  And some of us are helping with this event. 

One of our central values is a core belief in people's ability to be respectful and supportive of one another and our environment without rules and laws.  This is where we frequently come into conflict with the powers-that-be and their desire to control nearly every aspect our civic landscape, where we can sit, where we can show movies, who can use public space, and how and when we can gather together as friends. 

These are values we share with many Anarchists and Anarchist movements.  And maybe you do too. 

--Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In

Setting The Record Straight About Anarchism

Local anarchists host panel discussion about Demystifying Anarchy

On Thursday June 24th, local anarchists are hosting a panel discussion entitled "Demystifying Anarchy" to help non-anarchists understand the depth and nuance of anarchism.  The event is intended for people who are curious about the philosophy, or might have questions or concerns.  A flier for the event says, "Anarchists are everywhere, but who are they really?  What do they actually want?"  It goes on to ask, "Are they really trying to destroy everything? Don't believe the hype. Come find out for yourself."

Demystifying Anarchy will happen Thursday June 24th at 6:30pm at Louden Nelson Center Room 3.  It will feature a panel of self-identified anarchists who will speak about what anarchy means to them and how they see the world.  Following the moderated panel discussion, substantial time is set aside for questions and answers from the public.

"Anarchism is a political theory which aims to create a society within which individuals freely co-operate together as equals," according to the Anarchist FAQ.  Wikipedia says that anarchism "considers the state undesirable, unnecessary and harmful."  However, the Oxford Companion to Philosophy says, "there is no single defining position that all anarchists hold, and those considered anarchists at best share a certain family resemblance."

The event is organized by an ad hoc group of Santa Cruz locals from the anarchist community.  The event is free, but donations to support Louden Nelson and travel expenses for panelists are appreciated.
Demystifying Anarchy:
a panel discussion with speakers, food, and Q&A
Thursday, June 24th, 6:30pm
Louden Nelson Center, Room 3
Santa Cruz, California

Join us on Facebook

Yes, it's irritating, and oh so convenient, but we are on Facebook.  Now you can read our innermost thoughts, "poke" us, and write on our "wall."   Anyway, here we are. 

So we invite you to join our "Guerilla Drive-In".Facebook group, by clicking here...
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P.S. If you are already on Facebook, okay, but please don't let us talk you into joining Facebook.  We already feel ambivalent enough about the technology as it is, without having that hanging on our conscience.

You have a permit for that lemonade stand?

Here's a letter that appeared in the Sentinel and in the Good Times last week we wanted to share:

You have a permit for that lemonade stand?


I live near the river and was greatly relieved last Friday to see police rousting a crowd of thrill-seekers cleaning up trash under the Soquel Avenue bridge, and trying to watch a local movie with the filmmaker. 

If we let people think they can just sit around after dark watching movies together outside, who knows where this refusing-to-ask-permission will end. Don't they know that like Cinderella's carriage, our public spaces magically transform into "not public" after dark? Yet as glad as I am to see the city taking permit violations seriously, I don't think we've gone nearly far enough.

It's one thing to go after the so-called Guerilla Drive-in, or the leftist mob that wants to celebrate New Year's downtown without a permission slip, but what about the dangers of the ever-present lemonade stands? I've passed three in my neighborhood in the past week. Not one had a license, and I highly suspect health code and child labor violations at all of them. Let's put our law enforcement resources where they belong.
Steve Schnaar, Santa Cruz

Free Movies in the Park Face Political Backlash

World Renowned Guerilla Drive-In Project Targeted in SCPD Efforts to Stamp Out DIY Community Events

Santa Cruz, CA, May 20th, 2010: After 8 years, 13 locations and over 150 free films to the community, Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In is being targeted by the Santa Cruz Police.  In the wake of the May Day riots, city administrators are directing the city manager to stomp out all unpermitted community gatherings. 

As the sun set Friday evening, the normally dark and dingy area under the Soquel Ave bridge was buzzing with excitement. It was a special event for the community as Guerilla Drive-In was showing the work of a local film maker, Cheri Lovedog.  "The Jesus Factor" was shot in Santa Cruz and was created with a cast and crew mostly made up of locals, some of whom were sitting in lawn chairs waiting to see the film.

Earlier, Guerilla Drive-In had arrived to find the area under the bridge littered with plastic bags, dirty and unwanted clothing, and containers of partially eaten food.  As the organizers and audience members gathered up this trash, they mused over the thought that they would leave this river-side space looking much better than they'd found it.  Another audience member brought a large bag of popcorn and was passing it around to share with the entire group.  It was a community effort, not only to create the film but now, to share it with others and transform this space under the bridge into something magical.

However, within the first 15 minutes of the film, the evening came to an abrupt halt as an officer from the Santa Cruz police department descended on the group and demanded to speak to "the person in charge."  Organizers pointed out that 40 to 50 people worked to put the event on.  The officer insisted that without a permit, the gathering must be halted immediately.

Earlier in the week, Santa Cruz Mayor Mike Rotkin and Vice-Mayor Ryan Coonerty told a closed Downtown Association meeting that they were now targeting individuals in an attempt to stop all unpermitted gatherings.  Coonerty said, "As far as I am concerned, shame on the organizers for costing police time and funds that could be spent on preventing gang violence."  Coonerty did not acknowledge however, that the crackdown on family-friendly community events is costing the city more money that it doesn't have.  The city council already added 8 police officers that it had no way to pay for in emergency meetings after black-clad vandals broke windows during a May Day street party.

Liz Burchfield of the Guerilla Drive-In collective said, "Imagine a world where parks were not threatening places where drug deals went down, but rather alive with activity: families having night-time picnics, lovers holding hands, friends star-gazing. Isn't that world much better than the one that keeps us divided and afraid?"

Guerilla Drive-In has been working for years to re-envision the Santa Cruz community, bringing together neighbors in a commercial free venue, providing a safe and free event for the community, and reclaiming and cleaning up public space.  GDI films have been shown in parks, downtown streets, industrial areas, and community gardens.  Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In has been covered by the New York and Los Angeles Times and has inspired a movement that has been copied worldwide.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

TONIGHT: Movie in the Garden

A bit last minute, but calls for action against Arizona's SB1070 resulted in a
movie screening, alongside other actions. Tonight, check out

"De Nadie / Border Crossing"
Friday August 6th at 8 PM

El Jardin Comunitario de la Playa / Beach Flats Community Garden
Raymond St., Santa Cruz, Oaxacalifaztlan'

California Farmworkers just had an overtime law vetoed by Arnold, SB1070 is
making its way through a legal system we all know to be racist, and July was
the deadliest month on the border in years.

We are committed to fighting back against attacks on Immigrant Communities.
An award winning documentary will be shown at the Beach Flats Community Garden
tonight at 8 PM. Film in Spanish with English subtitles

Viva el Cine Gratuito! Long Live Guerilla Drive-In!

SANTA CRUZ GUERILLA DRIVE-IN is an outdoor movie theater under the stars that
springs up unexpectedly in the fields and industrial wastelands. Beyond showing
great free movies year-round and bringing a broad community together, part of
our mission is reclaiming public space and transforming our urban environment
into a joyful playground.

The Beach Flats Community Garden is a beautiful spot to see a movie. Nearing
harvest time, this urban oasis is an embattled little piece of farm in the
middle of one of Santa Cruz's oft-exploited neighborhoods.

Cine Gratuito bajo las estrellas en el Jardin Comunitario de la Playa porque
sabemos que "la tierra es de quien la trabaja." [A free film under the stars in
the Beach Flats Community Garden because we know "the land belongs to those who
work it"].