First show: October 24

“All-American stories of Socialism. Moving depictions of human reality.”
– Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Director Rob Nilsson in person for Q&A at both screenings!

“A hoot, a joy, a thrill, rich with local color and indelible plains photography.”
-Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice

“A leisurely tour through the farms and villages of the farm belt.”
-Louis Proyecto, Counterpunch

John Hanson and Rob Nilsson, co-directors of Cannes Camera d’Or winner Northern Lights and fellow members of San Francisco’s Cine Manifest film collective, collaborated on this remarkable series of documentaries underwritten by the North Dakota Humanities Council and the North Dakota AFL-CIO. In Prairie Fire, 97-year-old ex-organizer and poet Henry Martinson recounts the 1916 birth of the Socialist Nonpartisan League—also the subject of Northern Lights—his narrative accompanied by images shot by Nilsson’s own grandfather, Frithjof Holmboe. Rebel Earth finds Martinson, accompanied by a younger farmer, revisiting the scenes of his life, seeking out the spot of his Divide County homestead. Survivor, finished the year before Martinson’s death, focuses on the biography of its subject, found in a funny and expansive mood. A gorgeously-shot work of documentary-as-historical corrective, which finds hope for the future through excavating a radical past.

A Northern Pictures & Citizen Cinema release.

Directed by John Hanson & Rob Nilsson. 1978-1980 / 110min / DCP.

Rob Nilsson is the first American filmmaker to have won top prizes at both the Cannes Film Festival (Camera d’Or for NORTHERN LIGHTS with co-director John Hanson) and Sundance Film Festival (Grand Prize HEAT AND SUNLIGHT) where he also played the lead role. His Lifetime Achievement Awards, Retrospectives and Direct Action workshops have been presented at film festivals in Moscow, Varna (Bulgaria), Armenia, Syracuse (New York), St. Louis, Kansas City, Mill Valley, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila, Seoul, Capetown and New Dehli. His 9 @ Night Film Cycle, 9 dramatic features produced in the San Francisco Tenderloin won the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Marlon Riggs Award. Using his Citizen Cinema workshops to prepare amateur and professional players to work in his Direct Action improvisational method, Nilsson has made some 50 dramatic feature films on various locations in the US, and in Japan, South Africa, Jordan, and Italy. He has published two books, WILD SURMISE, A DISSIDENT VIEW about his life in cinema, and a collection of his poetry FROM A REFUGEE OF TRISTAN DA CUNHA. In 2018 Nilsson had a one man show of his paintings at the Spark Arts Gallery, San Francisco and exhibited at the Harvey Milk Photo Center’s annual show. Another one man show will open at Meets the Eye Studio, San Calos, later in the year.

NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.



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