Thursday, December 16, 2004

Truths of Consequence

Program 3: A Tenderloin Story, Foo-Foo Dust

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Co-presented with Film Arts Foundation

A mother and son are about to be evicted from their hotel room in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. The award-winning Foo-Foo Dust movingly documents their complex relationship over a period of a few days. Stephanie is a 52-year-old Berkeley graduate and an amateur artist; she is also a crack addict who supports her habit with prostitution. Her twenty-something son Tony is addicted to heroin. They seem to desperately need each other, and also to be unable to provide anything that could lead to a change in either of their lives. This gripping portrait is not for the squeamish: it respects the time, desires and emotions of its subjects, and it does not moralize. Levy and Johnson also will show excerpts from new footage of Stephanie and Tony. (Irina Leimbacher)