Free Screening - The Fillmore

It was called "The Harlem of the West"....then Urban Renewal came to save it. If you know anything about San Francisco's Fillmore District, it's probably because it houses an auditorium of the same name, where the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead helped shape American music in the 1960s. But The Fillmore, a PBS documentary, goes even deeper to tell a dramatic story -- the rise and fall (and rise again?) of San Francisco's premier Black community, as it faced the nationwide juggernaut known as urban renewal. This film chronicles key chapters in the neighborhood's history, starting with the great earthquake and fire of 1906 through today.

A discussion with film maker Peter Stein follows the film.

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  • erin

    I enjoyed learning the history of filmore after the war.. The African americans who lived there were trying to form community,, with the men having skilled trades with lots of work and the women with church, they were able to the nicest tailored suits and womens best furs and jewlery. Filmore attracted alot of people , musicians, whites at that time, and celebrities to their charming venues and resturants, and shopping.. What makes me sad is how people with skilled trade was losing work but that did not stop them frpm having fun, singing and they stil chose to stay in the Filmore regardless how rough it got..

    April 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Erin: So true. And the loss of trade jobs is still happening today, right here in SF. This story continues to play out.

      April 12, 2013

  • Sonnie

    Amy, thank you again. There isn't a reply link to your appreciation note therefore I'm taking this route. I've put a request to borrow the film from the SFPL. 13 requests ahead of me. Probably because many others enjoyed watching the history of the Fillmore as well as people of WACO who learned to stand up against the so-called power people. I had to remind myself that there is a Justin Herman Plaza.

    April 12, 2013

  • Amy Z.

    This is a great film. I knew about the redevelopment, but I had never seen the photos of how the neighborhood was level. The discussion afterwards was informative as well. I agree with Judy B a must see for anyone that lives in San Francisco. I think I recognized a few people in the audience from the meetup. Sorry, I arrived much later than I had intended.

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great film - a must-see for anyone living in SF. Particularly great to hear insights from people who lived in The Fillmore 50+ years ago. Christine Harris of the Jazz Heritage Center was on hand and she announced that she will schedule a screening at the center.

    April 11, 2013

  • Sonnie

    I live near the Fillmore district. Very interested in seeing the film. Busy night. There is a documentary screening of SF Lost Cemetaries at 8pm.

    March 8, 2013

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