2020 is an unusual year; weddings have been cancelled, schools closed, almost all large public gatherings banned, the global economy dismantled; the middle class and Main Street’s small and medium sized businesses are struggling to survive. In California, the film industry, the theaters have been hit hard. The Grand Lake Theater, which has generously hosted countless events and 15 prior 9/11 Truth Film Festivals is currently closed.
In March, the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance could no longer meet legally and was forced to hold meetings in cyberspace. No Lies Radio, hosted Zoom meetings for the group; discussions and organizing continued, despite the obstacles and challenges that everyone faced The group voted to go “virtual” this year, with the assistance of No Lies Radio, who has been web-streaming the live Film Festival for many years.
The Grand Lake Theater created a wonderful space for public interaction. The lobby was always filled with tables and the opportunity for people to converse, share materials, organize, inspire and support one another. It was where the choir met. There were hugs, the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. The unique atmosphere of an old-style theater with popcorn, cookies, kindred spirits gathering together, in person, was a wonderful experience for many people.. However, a virtual Film Festival is the best we can do, under the current circumstances, when Draconian laws mandate social distancing and mask wearing. Online webinars do allow some interactivity, questions and answers, and bringing in distant speakers. Guns and Butter’s Bonnie Faulkner will kick off the Film Festival, as she has for 16 years. The program will be posted on the Northern California 9/11 Truth website [sf911Truth.org] when we finalize it. The Film Festival will be held Thursday, September 10th, noon to 8:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time.
As this dramatic year continues to unfold, the program is evolving; some films are still in production. Included are the best 9/11 Truth films that we could find, since last year’s Film Festival. In addition to 9/11, our speakers will address Covid19 and the problems facing the upcoming national election.
The impact of 9/11 continues to shape US domestic and foreign policy, robbing us of our liberties,