Thursday, December 7, 2000

Peter Adair’s The Holy Ghost People with Pie Fight ’69

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

An artful fusion of ethnography and cinema verité, late filmmaker Peter Adair’s (Word Is Out) vibrant first film, The Holy Ghost People, received critical acclaim upon its release in 1967, winning that year’s “New Visions” award in the SF International Film Festival. Adair’s mesmerizing film portrays the mysterious and electrifying presence of the Holy Ghost as it swells through a West Virginian congregation over the course of an evening prayer meeting. Christian Bruno and Sam Green’s Pie Fight ’69 uses original footage and first-hand reminiscences to recount the hilarious Opening Night of the SF International Film Festival two years later when Adair’s SF film collective, Grand Central Station, made a guerilla assault on the bourgeois film world. (C. Bruno)