You Say You Want a Revolution?



Sequoia 2 Sun, Oct 6, 2019 4:30 PM
Rafael 3 Tue, Oct 8, 2019 2:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Resist Revolt Reform
Mind the Gap
Running Time:80 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Emily Harris
Producer:Emily Harris
Cinematographer:Nick Gordon Smith
Editor:Emily Harris
Cast:Stewart Brand
Yoko Ono
Michael Wadleigh
Country Joe Mcdonald
Michael Lang
Caroline Coon
Denise Kaufman
Lee Felsenstein
Peter Coyote
Print Source:Emily Harris
Note Writer:Michael Fox


Can we revisit the ‘60s yet again, not in a futile attempt to recapture that blissful, perfect (nostalgia) trip but as an incubator for the kind of volcanic change needed at this fraught moment in the human experiment? That was the thinking behind “You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970,” an idea-and-artifact packed exhibition at London’s V&A Museum of art and design in the fall-winter of 2016-2017. The veddy British curators guide us through the upheavals of the second half of the decade, from the fashion freedom of Carnaby Street to the murderous clampdown at Kent State, with a special appreciation for the Bay Area. Filmmaker Emily Harris invites idealists and futurists Stewart Brand and Lee Friedlander, and cultural avatars Peter Coyote and Country Joe McDonald, to bring their experiences to bear on the present moment. In the face of looming ecological catastrophe, they prescribe worldwide transformation—with or without LSD—to cure our conformity, consumerism, and capitulation to the status quo.

EXPECTED GUESTS: Director Emily Harris

Thank you to our Community Partners the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Oakland Museum of California!

Additional Information

Emily Harris is a visual storyteller spanning film, theater, exhibition, and installation. Her work has won several international awards and has been shown at major film festivals and museums worldwide. Her short film, Three Towers (2006), directed with Jonathan Bentovin, won multiple festival prizes, including Best Short Film at the Raindance Film Festival. She made her feature debut with Borges and I (2009), winner of the Festival Prize for Best No-Budget Feature at the London Independent Film Festival. Her other features include Paragraph (2015), Love Is Thicker Than Water (2016), Carmilla (2019), and You Say You Want a Revolution? (2019), a documentary.