The Bob Mizer Foundation sponsors monthly screenings of classic Mizer films at our new headquarters, 920 Larkin St. in the Tenderloin area of downtown San Francisco. These screenings take place as part of the city's First Thursday Art Walks. Our December screening takes place this Thursday, Dec. 7, from 7-9 p.m.
"We started hosting these screenings several months ago in an effort to bring more attention to both Mizer himself and to our new building," explains Den Bell, president and CEO of the Foundation. "We've had a lot of positive feedback, and we look forward to continuing these screenings as regular events as we proceed with our move into the building that has housed The Magazine for more than two decades."
Each film lasts no longer than a few minutes, and five or six films are screened on a loop. Though there is no soundtrack to accompany the film, rockabilly music is usually played in the background.
"Obviously, the Mizer films we are screening are all original, so we must handle them delicately," Bell says. "We screen all of them using an old projector, in order to give the entire event that vintage feel."
Guests are welcome to come and go as they please while enjoying cocktails and conversation with Foundation staff members.
"We've found some of our finest volunteers thanks to this event," Bell says. "Some people will poke their head in just out of curiosity, stay for a while, and leave. But we have many people who form a lasting relationship with the Foundation after attending these screenings, and that's part of what is so enjoyable about them to us."
The monthly screenings are free and open to the public. Visit our Facebook page for more information or to request a specific film.