Of all the remixes, mashups, and repurposed curiosities littering the YouTube landscape, none have mined the rich veins of celebrity and irony in the San Francisco Bay Area quite the way “The Deadbeat Club“ does. The only problem: It’s broadcast from Vermont. Apparently, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and a little more reckless, as Eva “Deadbeat” Sollberger, a ten-year resident of Northern California, reminisces on good jobs and bad, megastars and mini ones, and a variety of other subjects in her regular broadcasts. She brings the high art of telling all — encounters with Billy Joe from Green Day, intimate moments on set with Owen Wilson, bonding with Bai Ling! — to a new plane with home-brewed montage and a take-no-prisoners mouth that’s brought both messages of love as well as the flaming heat of the web into her email box. Formerly in the employ of a variety of San Francisco film festivals, as well as Tippett Studios, Film Arts Foundation, and the Smith Rafael Film Center, Eva “Deadbeat” offers ten of her best Bay Area-related shows. Careful: The dish she’s serving may be you.
1. Cali Montage
Berlin’s “Metro” is the soundtrack and San Francisco is the city where the Bay Bridge’s cantilevers appear to dance.
The “But can they sing?” star is remembered for her talent for finding photo opportunities with the likes of George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola at every turn during one San Francisco International Film Festival. Says Eva Deadbeat: “I have to admire Bai Ling for her inability to feel shame.”
Secrets of 35mm projection revealed!
A former bartender at Albany’s Club Mallard recalls a notable regular having a bad night.
Notable regular apologizes.
Visual FX coordinator with crush on Owen Wilson inherits his head (!) after working on “The Haunting.”
7. CA vs. VT
A comparison: Choose between California’s cheap ethnic food, or killing your own deer and eating it by way of Vermont.
Elizabeth (“The Black Dahlia”) Short remembered through camping it up to “Fame” at a mausoleum in Oakland.
Babies wrapped in Bjorns, cops on the streets of San Francisco, all set to The Killers.
On the travails of going public.
With riveting characters, cascading revelations and momentous breakthroughs, Epstein and Friedman’s work paved the way for contemporary documentary practice.
Susan Gerhard talks copy, critics and the 'there' we have here.
Since its first event in 1998, Midnight Mass has become an SF institution, and Peaches Christ, well, she's its peerless warden and cult leader.
Universally warm sentiment is attached to the Bay Area's hardest working indie/art film publicist.
Filmmaker and programmer Moore talks process, offers perspective on his debut feature and Cinema by the Bay opener, ‘I Think It’s Raining.’
For 50 years, Canyon Cinema has provided crucial support for a fertile avant-garde film scene.
Director Mina T. Son talks about the creation of ‘Making Noise in Silence,’ screening the United Nations Association Film Festival this week.
Accompanied by a program of solar system shorts, Travis Wilkerson’s 2003 look at ruthless union-busting and the rise and fall of Butte, Montana, offers eerie resonance.