Mar. 27, 2020
PROXY [virtual] SPRING SERIES, VOLUME TWO
PROXY [virtual] SPRING SERIES
With the Bay Area continuing to stay in, we’re back with our second offering of virtual programming. Here is this week’s line up of films, articles, music, and calls to action.
PROXY SPRING SERIES SELECTION
Directed by Christian Petzold, 2018 [not-rated]
Adapted from the 1944 novel of the same name, TRANSIT merges past and present in this alluring puzzle from Christian Petzold, which follows Georg (Franz Rogowski), a refugee from fascism who pursues Marie (Paula Beer), the wife of the dead man whose identity he has assumed.
BONUS: Set the mood beforehand with our curated pre-screening playlist below.
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Directed by Todd Haynes, 2015 [R]
An adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel “The Price of Salt”, CAROL follows two women who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. Featuring exquisite performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the actors explore the “unimagined notions of what love between women might even look like” that drives the plot of the original novel.
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HOW HOLLYWOOD IS COPING WITH COVID-19
We’ve been following the news out of Hollywood as the film industry adapts to the new reality. Eric Ducker has a great article in The Ringer covering some of the machinations behind delayed releases, early video on demand releases, and what it might mean for the future of the industry.
JUST GIVE IN TO ALISON ROMAN
Amidst this wave of uncertainty, a well crafted recipe lends a comforting confidence. Molly Fischer recommends Alison Roman, author of Eating In and Nothing Fancy, as the voice of culinary authority that we all need in these times of mandated dining-in. Read the article here.
HOW THE PANDEMIC WILL END
Writing in The Atlantic, author Ed Yong offers up an important, birds-eye view of the COVID-19 pandemic, touching on how we got here, what is required now, and what we can expect going forward. Disconcertingly frank at times, Yong explores the myriad ways in which the outbreak could forever change American culture.
SPRING SERIES PLAYLIST, VOLUME TWO
Here is this week’s playlist, specially created and curated to set the mood for our original Spring Series selection, TRANSIT. Have a listen as you wrap up you work, get settled in, and imagine the feeling of a warm spring evening spent outside.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Austin City Limits is the longest running music-program in television history, broadcasting performances weekly on PBS since 1974. To ease the blow of cancelled concerts over the coming months, they have made 45 of their episodes free to stream online. The selection includes all episodes from the past two seasons, as well as a couple high-demand archival releases (B.B. King and Tom Waits!)
Check out the selection here
Each week we’re highlighting ways we can support those most in need during these challenging times. Take a look and get involved.
UCSF is asking the public to donate any PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to cover shortages at local hospitals. Needed are N95 masks you’ve stockpiled for the next fire season, gloves and other items! Check out their COVID-19 page for a list of donation sites, and a path to donate financially.
Street Spirit is a local newspaper that elevates the stories of the homeless and homeless activists throughout the Bay Area. With the Shelter in Place order in effect, vendors who rely on income from selling these papers are struggling financially. Consider donating to this GoFundMe organized by the editor of the paper.
The office of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has put together an insightful guide to creating a mutual aid network in your community. While geared towards her constituency in New York, the guidelines are applicable everywhere, and include tips on how to be a force for good in your neighborhood while limiting the spread of the virus.
HAYES VALLEY HELP
Are you looking to lend a hand or a neighborhood resident in need? The Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association has an email account to match volunteers with those needing assistance. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
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