Apr. 10, 2020

PROXY [virtual] SPRING SERIES, VOLUME FOUR

PROXY [virtual] SPRING SERIES

VOLUME FOUR

The city continues to stay united by staying home – and we’re still here to support you through the extended time inside. Check out this week’s offerings of films, articles, music, and action items to keep you fulfilled.

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FILMS

PROXY SPRING SERIES SELECTION

HONEY BOY

Directed by Alma Har’el, 2019 [R]

The feature-length debut of director Alma Har’el, HONEY BOY follows the stormy childhood and adult years of young actor Otis Lort as he struggles to reconcile with his father. Shia LaBeouf wrote the screenplay and stars as his own father in this deeply empathetic film.

EXTRA: We’ve curated a playlist to match the film – check it out below!

Watch on Amazon

LEAVE NO TRACE

Directed by Debra Granik, 2016 [PG]

Will and his teenage daughter, Tom, have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom realize that they may never restore the delicate balance of their previous lives.

Watch FREE on Kanopy

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ARTICLES

QUIBI EXPLAINED

In a piece for Vox, Emily VanDerWerff explains and explores the latest streaming service – Quibi. VanDerWerff begins with the shortcomings of the service itself, but ultimately poses a larger critique of the ways in which money distorts the tech and entertainment industry at large.

TIPS FROM A SOCIAL DISTANCING MASTER

As the only resident of Gothic, CO, an abandoned silver mine in the Rocky Mountains, Billy Barr regularly goes days at a time without seeing other people. He shares his tips with NPR for ensuring a fulfilling human experience without human interaction. His final tip in particular is something we can throw our weight behind!

HOMELESSNESS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Vox contributor Roge Karma speaks with Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, about the heightened risks facing the unhoused during the coronavirus pandemic. Yentel argues that the health of those experiencing homelessness cannot be separated from the health of society at large, and offers ideas fors how people at home can help. See below for some local points of action.
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LISTENING

SPRING SERIES PLAYLIST, VOLUME FOUR

For this week’s playlist, PROXY founder Douglas Burnham wrote an accompanying note:

“We like to think about our film nights at PROXY as a gift to the city. All of our programming at PROXY is free and open to the public, and we’ve figured out a way, through very scrappy means, to craft unique experiences every time we show a film. Our pre-show playlists are one of the things we use to create a sonic space, as people gather and wait for the sun to set with anticipation. We build these playlists around the ideas, themes or just the zeitgeist of each film.

For HONEY BOY, we began with the haunting feeling conjured by the film — an overall sense of tension, but also a yearning for the relationships that we need, but often can’t have. This feeling, and the fact that FKA twigs (whose music we like) is in the film, brought to mind tracks that we started to string together and build into a two-hour flow of sound.

As with all of the curatorial choices that we make, we are sharing things that are contemporary and timely – to invite a different kind of public dialogue, one rooted in community and ideas. In this time when we can’t gather together under the stars (or, the fog) at PROXY, we hope that these playlists connect us through the inner space of music. And, we hope that you enjoy them!”

Listen on Spotify or Apple Music
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ACTION

Each week we’re drawing out opportunities to support those most impacted by the crisis at hand. Take a look and get involved.

NOW HUNTERS POINT RESOURCE DRIVE

Envelope is launching a resource distribution drive for residents of the Bayview neighborhood, operating from NOW Hunters Point, another site we activate. The drive will distribute fresh produce, food, and daily necessities to those in need – and we are seeking partners to supplement what we have available. If your organization can donate cloth masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizing products, shelf-stable food or other items, or if you know someone who can, please get in touch at info@proxysf.net.

THE SF + MARIN FOOD BANK

The SF + Marin Food Bank continues to do important work throughout the city, adding pop-up emergency pantries at various locations to reach the growing number of those in need. Consider donating time or money to support this essential component of our city’s safety net.

PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT

Project Homeless Connect connects San Franciscans experiencing homelessness with the care they need to move forward, including food, mental health services, and financial assistance. They are completely privately funded and your donation could go a long ways.