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Thu, 10 Feb 2000 08:34:47 -0800
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From Richard Cohen Films:  Specially reduced prices offered to
grassroots groups, individuals, and public libraries until the end of
February 2000 for 3 powerful award winning documentary films on video:
$29 each--includes shipping. Hurry Tomorrow (involuntary psychiatric
treatment in a state hospital), Deadly Force (police accountability in
slaying of unarmed civilian) and Taylor's Campaign, (criminalization of
homelessness).  These videos can be screened for the public at no
admission charge -- to stir community awareness.  Learn more at or continue reading.

Directed by Richard Cohen, Produced by Amy Ziering Kofman & Richard
Narrated by Martin Sheen

Taylor's Campaign is an intensely gripping and insightful story about
the day-to-day lives of hardworking people forced to live in cardboard
lean-tos in Santa Monica, California and dumpster dive for food.  When
local lawmakers threaten their civil rights, in a drive to sweep the
streets of the homeless, this spirited community of drifters, military
vets and people with disabilities rally behind the leadership of a
destitute former truck driver named Ron Taylor.  Taylor declares himself
a candidate for the Santa Monica City Council and turns his campaign
into an uncompromising quest for human dignity and justice.

     "Taylor's Campaign is a true sociological portrait, chronicling the
lives of destitute citizens against the backdrop of contemporary urban
policies.  My class discussions following the showing of this film have
been among the best discussions ever in my classes.  The film provides
rich material for discussion of the criminalization of homelessness, the
inaccuracies of stereotypes of the homeless, their struggle for dignity,
and the need for humane urban policy.
     Few social problems have had so visible a place on the urban
landscape in the last decade as homelessness.  Taylor's Campaign stands
as the best documentary on homelessness in this era.  It is an
impressive work at the intersection of documentary filmmaking and social
research, and an invaluable resource for teaching about poverty.  If
there is one 'must film' on homelessness for every sociology film
library, Taylor's Campaign is it."
Leon Anderson, TEACHING SOCIOLOGY, January, 2000
Ohio University

"Fascinating....  Because of its examination of the rights of all
individuals, this film is highly recommended for all collections."
Kellie Flynn, LIBRARY JOURNAL (6/15/99)
Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, Illinois

Taylor's Campaign (VHS):
$125 colleges, academic libraries
$39 public libraries*
($29 During February 2000, for grassroots community groups, individuals,
public libraries)

HURRY TOMORROW (1975) A film by Richard Cohen & Kevin Rafferty.
Hurry Tomorrow offers a rare and compelling look at the day-to-day lives
of patients treated involuntarily on an acute psychiatric ward in a
California state hospital.  Filmed over a six week period, the film
explores  attitudes of staff, patients, family members, doctors and
pharmaceutical company salesmen.  It shows patients being tied down with
straps and cuffs, forcibly medicated with powerful tranquilizers,
reducing them to helpless, "zombie like" states.  This highly acclaimed,
award winning documentary shares the experiences of individuals
struggling to maintain their dignity in a dehumanized environment.

"Hurry Tomorrow is the most important film to emerge in the last ten
years and goes way beyond "Titicut Follies" or "One Flew Over the
Cuckoo's Nest" in its indictment of mental hospital conditions.  It is
beautifully made and at times almost brings one to tears."
Alan Rosenthnal, THE DOCUMENTARY CONSCIENCE (U.C.Berkeley Press, 1980)

"A crucifying indictment of ward conditions, drug companies and the
violations of present laws.  The film is an act of courage and a warning
about mind control told with compassion and rage."

Hurry Tomorrow (VHS):
$79  colleges, academic libraries* special
$39  public libraries
($29 During February 2000, for grassroots community groups, individuals,
public libraries)

DEADLY FORCE (1980, 60 min. ) A film by Richard Cohen.
The use of deadly force is a recurring and divisive issue in communities
across the nation.  This powerful and provocative documentary examines
police accountability for civilian fatalities by focusing on a case that
rocked Los Angeles city hall long before today's crisis.

On the morning of August 4, 1977, Sgt. Kurt Barz, a ten year veteran of
the Los Angeles Police Department, stopped his car to investigate Ron
Burkholder, a naked unarmed man on a street corner.  Within two minutes,
Burkholder lay dead shot six times.

Deadly Force follows the Burkholder killing through a coroner's inquest
and investigation by the district attorney's office.  It provides
telling insights into the conflicting views of police officials who
defend the use of deadly force in dangerous situations and Burkholder's
friends and family who charge authorities with engineering a cover-up.

"Deadly Force is a gripping and persuasive investigation.  Really it is
a troubling, thoughtful inquiry into the wider subject of police
brutality and whole relationship between society and its custodians of
order.... chilling."

$79 colleges, academic libraries
$39 public libraries, high schools
($29 During February 2000, for grassroots community groups, individuals,
public libraries)
Please add  $2.39 tax per tape for destinations in California.

Make your check or money order payable to: Richard Cohen Films.
Indicate which title or titles you are ordering, and mail to:
Purchase orders are accepted from public libraries.
No credit cards.
For more information call: (310)395-3549
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