We Were There to be There

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On June 13, 1978, the punk bands the Cramps and the Mutants played a free show for psychiatric patients at the Napa State Hospital in California. San Francisco collective Target Video recorded the Cramps’ storied performance on Sony Portapak video, the first technology of its kind made available to the public. We Were There To Be There provides the back story behind the recording and the show, by giving the people, the politics, and the cultural production—visual artists shifting towards performance, installation, and land art—of the 1970s center stage.  ER

 

Filmmaker Q&A available

Closed Captioning available

 

Directors

Mike Plante, Jason Willis

Producer

Mike Plante

Executive Producers

Charlotte Cook, Morgan Neville

Editor

Jason Willis

Cinematographer

Joe Target Rees

Release Year

2021

Festival Year

2021

Country

United States

Run Time

26 minutes

Premiere

US Premiere