Synopses & Reviews
Part mad manifesto, part revolutionary love letter, and part freight train adventure story, this personal tale is a twist on the classic punk rock travel narrative that searches for authenticity and connection in the lives of strangers and the solidarity and limitations of underground community. Beginning at the start of the internet age—a time when radical zine culture prefigured social networking sites—these writings paint an illuminated trail through a complex labyrinth of illegal immigrants, anarchist community organizers, radical seed savers, punk rock historians, social justice farmers, mad movement activists, and creative rebel bridge builders. The book takes readers on a journey from the late 1980s gentrification battles in the streets of New York City to the rise of the millennial Global Justice Movement, all the way to the awakening of Occupy Wall Street. Rather than asking fellow activists to watch from sidelines, the book beckons them to join in the story.
In the span of just a decade, over half of the nation's independent bookstores vanished. This revealing documentary tells the stories of three such stores fighting for survival. In Capitola, California, a developer's plans to bring Borders to town prompts a fierce debate over the rights of "big box" retailers to locate in a place famous for its small town charm. In Palo Alto, news of the closing of Printers Inc. Bookstore prompts a local citizen to mortgage his house to try to save it. And in Santa Cruz, when a Borders moves in down the street from the town's oldest bookstore, protests and vandalism ensue. This compelling film follows these stories and raises tough questions about the place of local culture in an increasingly homogenized world.
Part mad manifesto, part revolutionary love letter, part freight train adventure storyMaps to the Other Side is a self-reflective shattered mirror, a twist on the classic punk rock travel narrative that searches for authenticity and connection in the lives of strangers and the solidarity and limitations of underground community. Beginning at the edge of the internet age, a time when radical zine culture prefigured social networking sites, these timely writings paint an illuminated trail through a complex labyrinth of undocumented migrants, anarchist community organizers, brilliant visionary artists, revolutionary seed savers, punk rock historians, social justice farmers, radical mental health activists, and iconoclastic bridge builders. This book is a document of one persons odyssey to transform his experiences navigating the psychiatric system by building community in the face of adversity; a set of maps for how rebels and dreamers can survive and thrive in a crazy world.
About the Author
Jacob is a professional film editor and teacher. His editing credits include Lost in La Mancha (2002), Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew (2003) and the recently released Tell Me Do You Miss Me (2006). He teaches filmmaking at Wesleyan University, where he is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Film Studies.Producer of Fighter (First Run Films, Weinstein Company), a feature-length documentary which has garnered awards at Newport, Galway, Hamptons and Karlovy Vary International Film Festivals. His short Looking For Sly, has won numerous awards including Best Documentary Short at both the LA International Short Film Festival, and South By Southwest.