In celebration of Pride Month, media preservationist John Raines devotes his ongoing Mighty Reels series to a look back at Pride in the 1970s. Beginning with amateur video of the 1973 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day parade and festival — a casual party in the park — the program surveys annual marches in the city through 1981. Harvey Milk appears in some of the reels, both before and after becoming California’s first openly gay elected official. Rare film and video drawn from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society include a Super 8 retrospective lensed and introduced by Lou Perica (1930-1989), a longtime member of San Francisco’s gay community. Admission: $5.00; free for members.
Kicking off the new monthly Mighty Reels series of film and video from the GLBT Historical Society archives, “White Night Fright” brings together scarce archival finds to mark the 37th anniversary of the White Night Riot. A night of unprecedented violence followed the surprise verdict in the trial of Dan White, killer of George Moscone and Harvey Milk. Curated by media preservationist John Raines, the program includes untelevised footage of the riot, an amateur documentary, a satirical radio broadcast, and highlights of the tenth anniversary demonstration in 1989. Admission: $5.00; free for members.