New Liberated Lens production: Homeless First, documentary on First They Came For The Homeless

Liberated Lens is proud to present its latest documentary production “Homeless First,” a film about First They Came For The Homeless camp in Berkeley. Come watch the film, see juggling performance and report from Houseless People March to Salem by Stacey and talk to camp participants!

Free screening, donations for Liberated Lens and First They Came For The Homeless accepted.


Celebrating BLACK WOMEN with Screening + Panel with Bay Area Photographers

20 years after the film was created, Liberated Lens Film Collective is honored to screen “Drylongso,” as a part of the BLACK 400 years series commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the first Africans brought to present day America.

Drylongso which comes from an old African word that means “Ordinary” is a coming of age drama which is “part love story” and “part murder mystery”. Pica is a young art student growing up in a dysfunctional household in Oakland. In order to deal with the dysfunction, she starts photographing young African American men believing they are an “endangered species” and might one day be extinct and wants to capture them as proof of their existence. At the same time, a serial killer is claiming victims in the neighborhood with some of them being the young African American men she has photographed. Pica eventually befriends another African American women who is disguising herself as a man to escape an abusive boyfriend.

Film by Cauleen Smith, 1998

Come early for the free dinner (first come, first serve) and stay for an exhibit and discussion with two East Bay photographers:

Shantré Pinkney

April Martin


Schoolidarity: screening and panel in support of the Oakland Teachers’ Strike

The interwoven story of two of the most significant workers’ rights struggles of our time: the 2011 weeks-long fight by public employees in Wisconsin, and the long struggle by teachers in Chicago to win quality public schools and democracy in their union, culminating in a 2012 teachers strike. Working class struggle is analyzed through union history and a radical critique of the Democratic Party.

Panel with Oakland’s striking teachers after the screening

free admission

free snacks and popcorn