Sausalito Film Festival: "Houseboat Wars" (free)

There is a long legacy and story about the Sausalito houseboats.

Although I won't be attending, this should be very good.

Houseboat Wars is a folk tale about an artist, a boat-builder, a musician, a troubadour, and a writer who set out to explore new ways of living in the world of the late 1960s. Each has a little streak of outlaw. They migrate to the waterfront of Sausalito, California, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and set about creating their own idea of an idyllic life.

Guns and drugs drift in to their funky paradise. There is a public outcry to clean up the nautical slum. When the law comes huffing and puffing at their doors, they fight back mostly for the sheer fun of it. They also move a bit south to the more traditionally productive areas of the working waterfront.

They are not safe for long. Developers swoop into these boatyards with grandiose propositions to build hotels, condominiums, and substantially increase public coffers. Our youngsters take resistance lessons from the old-time citizen activists who know how to protect the character of their town.

When the developers gain control of the northern waterfront they stage full out agitprop theatre and invite the media. They lose the battle to stop the development but local citizens begin to see them as a group of creative energetic young people with a vision for enhancing Sausalito’s mythical status as an artists’ colony.

Complimentary Admission, must be seated by 4:15!

Call[masked] to reserve ticket.


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  • Mary-Ann


    October 6

  • Paula

    Almost didn't get in because we didn't know we had to get tickets from the film festival. At the very last minute someone gave up tickets and we squeeked in at 4:25. Movie was interesting to learn about the Sausalito history. We enjoyed it!

    1 · May 20, 2013

    • Sailor D.

      Originally free tickets were being given out by Eventbrite or something similar, but then that stopped and the message said "Sold out call[masked]" for a ticket, and I did put that above in the description. Sorry for any confusion, glad that you got in.

      2 · May 20, 2013

    • Lillian

      That might explain the idea that we had to be seated by 4:15 - when there was no way that could happen, because there was a long line, winding around the corner.

      May 20, 2013

  • James T.

    I was one of those who couldn't get in :-(

    May 19, 2013

  • Lillian

    Whoops - I have a feeling those last two lines of the description may inadvertently got bumped to the bottom underneath the film synopsis when it got pasted in. Some of us didn't realize we had to make a call to reserve tickets after RSVPing here and getting a confirmation, so some couldn't get in - it was sold out. But I got lucky and was handed a ticket at the last minute by a staff member who'd just been given one by someone who couldn't attend. It was a really fun and informative film, and this was just the raw version in progress - it will be a lot more put together eventually. Thanks for letting us know about it - it was a special treat.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Lillian

    Here's a trailer - looks like fun:

    May 13, 2013

  • Janie G.

    Would like to see this but have to pass on it for this evening....another commitment ~ Enjoy!

    May 12, 2013

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