The Beach
San Francisco’s North Beach in the 50s

CA Palm
Show More

Related videos

Venice West and the LA Scene - Untold story of the California Beat Era
A wave of free-spirited creativity emerged during the California Beat Era. Young, idealistic poets and artists made their own underground life apart from the 50s mainstream. It was "art for art's sake" that drove their aesthetics.
New York - 1951
Part of the Series: Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds
Dr James Fox tells the story of New York in 1951, where the world we know today was born. This was the year when Jackson Pollock brought a new dynamism to American painting, when the dazzling jazz style known as bebop hit its stride and when Jack Kerouac defined the…
West Coast Beat & Beyond
San Francisco's bohemian history was augmented by the renaissance of creative individuals which began there in the late 1950's. The most significant influences in this movement were Beat figures Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Filmed on location in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, and at…
The Beat Generation
This documentary tells the story of the incredible and enduring friendship between Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, and how they gave birth to the literary movement of the Beat Generation. It begins in New York, at the end of the Second World War, travels through San Francisco, Mexico…
Visiones: Latino Art & Culture - Episode 5
Episode five highlights the Taco Shop Poets of Southern California, early tent theater of the Southwest called Carpas, and performance art in San Francisco. Performance artists covered include Guillermo Gomez-Pena, performance troupe ASCO, and the performance art pioneers Royal Chicano Airforce. The Taco Shop Poets, a group of Chicano poets…
Tiny and Ruby: Hell Divin' Women
Profiling legendary jazz trumpeter Tiny Davis and her partner of over 40 years, drummer-pianist Ruby Lucas, Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin' Women weaves together rare jazz recordings, live performances, vintage photographs, and narrative poetry by Cheryl Clarke. Tiny's contribution to jazz history is documented in an informal, intimate style in…
Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton
Years before the Beats arrived in San Francisco, the city exploded with artistic expressions: painting, theatre, film, poetry. At its center was the groundbreaking filmmaker and poet James Broughton. Big Joy explores Broughton's passionate embrace of a life of pansexual transcendence and a fiercely independent mantra: 'follow your own weird.'…
Beat Hotel
1957, Paris. A cheap no-name hotel becomes a haven for a new breed of artists struggling to free themselves from the conformity and censorship of America. Called the Beat Hotel, it soon became an epicenter of the Beat Generation. This revelatory new documentary delves deep into this amazing place and…
San Francisco’s Wild History Groove - Underground Artists and Poets from the California Beat Era
Rebels from the 50s, avant-garde California artists and poets turned their backs on pursuit of money and embraced a new expression of freedom. How it was to "swing" in the underground--in the shadows of American culture.
Days of Waiting: The Life and Art of Estelle Ishigo
"Days Of Waiting is a poignant documentary about an extraordinary woman, artist Estelle Ishigo, one of the few Caucasians to be interned with 110,000 Japanese Americans in 1942. When internment came, she refused to be separated from her Japanese American husband and lived with him for four years behind barbed…
A Late Style of Fire - Larry Levis, American Poet
When the brilliant writing and troubled life of Californian Larry Levis came to an abrupt halt at age 49, his death posed a question: is self-destruction required for a life fully committed to art? Featuring an original score by Iron and Wine, this innovative documentary searches his childhood working alongside…
Destroy All Rational Thought - One of the Last Interviews with Willaim Burroughs
The great Beat Generation experiments took place in Tangier, the Moroccan city where William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and the Moroccan painter Hamri taught Jack Kerouac, Timothy Leary, and Allen Ginsberg how to live outside the law. This film features one of the last interviews with Burroughs and previously unseen vintage…