Film Screening: Documentary “Finding Tatanka” with director Jacob Bricca on Mon., June 8, at 7 PM

Jacob Bricca

Jacob Bricca

Filmmaker Jacob Bricca presents his poignant documentary “Finding Tatanka” at Best Video Performance space on Monday, June 8. The screening starts at 7 PM. Admission is $5. In “Finding Tatanka,” an idolizing son—Jacob Bricca—confronts the enigma that is his father, a Sixties dreamer one scheme away from financial ruin.

Kit Bricca was a leader of the Bay Area protest movements of the 1960s and 70s with a fierce passion for social justice, but found the transition from activist to breadwinner a challenging one. In this moving, psychologically complex documentary, filmmaker Jacob Bricca follows the extraordinary journey of his father Kit ,a man whose uncompromising idealism changed the world but tore his family apart.

Kit organizes with Joan Baez and Cesar Chavez in the 1960s, helps start Amnesty International USA in the 1970s, then transforms himself into a high-flying commodities broker in the Eighties and a shamanic healer named Tatanka in the Nineties. As the financial crisis of 2008 hits and Kit’s finances fall into disarray, Jacob begins searching for answers by following his father on a series of quixotic adventures.

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Both epic and intimate, “Tatanka” features never before seen footage from a lost era and tells a sweeping story about the fate of American idealism, the cost of dreams and the meaning of family.

Jacob Bricca:

I wanted to make a film that could answer my own questions about my father’s identity and also portray the profound questions that many of us ask every day: What is the right path between idealism and practicality? Where is the line between dreams and delusions? in my father’s story lives the power of individuals to make profound change, but also the heartbreak of broken dreams and the bittersweet tension of expectations between parents and their children.

Jacob Bricca is an award-winning film editor and director whose work has been screened theatrically across the globe. Among the dozen feature films he has edited are the international theatrical hit “Lost In La Mancha” (IFC Films), the New Yorker Films theatrical release “Con Artist,” and two films that have shown in prime time on PBS’s Independent Lens series.  His directorial credits include “Pure,” which was one of only four American shorts invited to the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, and the feature “Indies Under Fire: The Battle for the American Bookstore,” which screened in over a dozen venues around the country and won awards at the Newburyport Documentary Festival and the Santa Cruz Film Festival.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, May 27. BLUEGRASS: THE FIDDLEHEADS

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER; ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: SETH ADAM; GLENN ROTH

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, June 3. ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST; SINGER-SONGWRITER: KYLE DUKE

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, DAN GREENE

• Thursday, June 11. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS & THE CYGNET SISTERS

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Friday, July 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAMUEL BASS

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Wednesday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANGELA EASTERLING