Reels for Radicals

Portfolio Description

Film screenings by Paper Tiger TV and Deep Dish TV highlighting the work of political filmmakers and creating space for critical dialogue.

About Paper Tiger ::: Paper Tiger TV is an open, non-profit, volunteer video collective that has been creating fun, funky, truly alternative media since 1981! PTTV strives to create awareness of how media can be used to affect social change and empower communities to create their own grassroots media.

Reels for Radicals began in December 2015. Since then, we have shown the following films:


Reels for Radicals event poster for All Day All Week: An Occupy Wall Street Story Film Screening and Discussion

All Day All Week: An Occupy Wall Street Story + discussion with Director Marisa Holmes
In 2011, there were occupations of squares happening all across the globe. People were rising up in response to the global financial crisis and for real democracy. It was a moment of upheaval when anything seemed possible.

In this context, on September 17th, 2011, a two-month encampment of Zuccotti Park, renamed Liberty Plaza, began in the financial district of NYC. Occupy Wall Street (OWS) was an autonomous zone of activity with general assemblies engaging in directly democratic processes and working groups self-organizing to meet basic needs. It was a liberated space.

The non-fiction feature film, All Day All Week: An Occupy Wall Street Story, tells the story of OWS from the perspective of those who lived it. Filmed by and in conversation with participants, the film offers a glimpse inside the daily life of occupation as well as reflections on the experience.




We are the Palestinian People: REVOLUTION UNTIL VICTORY (1973) on 16mm (!!!) + panel discussion with Lamis Deek (NYC-based human rights attorney born in Palestine), Matt Meyer (War Resister’s International), Libor Von Schonau (co-founder of the Art and Struggle collective and former vice-chair of the Middle East Crisis Committee), and Felice Gelman (Where Should the Birds Fly producer and Palestinian solidarity activist).

“Made by a breakaway faction of the US Newsreel collective Pacific Newsreel, We Are the Palestinian People (Revolution Until Victory, 1973) edits exclusively archival footage into a detailed, historical reconstruction of the conflict. Great attention is paid to the political genesis of Zionism, the role of colonial Britain in assigning Palestine to zionists and the strategic role Israel has played ever since in the control and monopoly of the world’s most sought-after commodity, oil. While other titles stressed the internationalist dimension of the Palestinian revolution by linking it to other anti-colonial struggles, the same concept is rendered here specularly – for if anti-imperialism is a transglobal phenomenon, so is repression.”
– Sight and Sound Magazine



Good Fortune Reels for Radicals poster

Good Fortune + discussion with Director Jeremy Levine

GOOD FORTUNE, directed by Landon Van Soest, explores how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development organizations, GOOD FORTUNE examines the real-world impact of international aid. In the rural countryside, Jackson’s farm is being flooded by an American investor, who hopes to alleviate poverty by creating a multi-million dollar rice farm. Across the country in Nairobi, Silva’s home and business in Africa’s largest shantytown are being demolished as part of a United Nations slum-upgrading project.






Here Come the Videofreex Reels for Radicals

Here Come the Videofreex + discussion with Director Jon Nealon, Skip Blumberg (founding member of the Videofreex), and DeeDee Halleck (founder of Paper Tiger TV, co-founder of Deep Dish TV and Professor Emerita of UCSD)

HERE COME THE VIDEOFREEX, directed by Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin, tells the story of the most radical video collective of the 1960’s and 70’s. It is the quirky tale of ten people’s optimism and creativity, and their vision of what television could have become at a time when the three big networks ruled the TV airwaves.







from_the_other_sideFrom the Other Side + discussion with Kevin Duarte (member of the New York State Youth Leadership Council)

FROM THE OTHER SIDE, directed by Chantal Akerman, looks at the situation of Mexican immigrants at the border between Agua Prieta, a Mexican border town in the state of Sonora, and Douglas, Arizona, the city on the other side. The first half of the film is set in Mexico. Between static and tracking shots of desert landscapes and the border wall, Akerman interviews people who plan to or have attempted to cross the desert into the US, including a young boy in an orphanage. She quietly interviews an older couple whose son died in the desert when his group lost their way.



Do Not Resist + discussion with Black Lives Matter Activists, Elsa Waithe and Keegan Stephan

DO NOT RESIST, directed by Craig Atkinson, is an urgent and powerful exploration into the militarization of American police forces. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, the film offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into what it means for the country’s future. The film puts viewers in the center of the action, including a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar, before exploring where new technologies including predictive policing algorithms could lead the field next.