This Thursday, we're back at Oakland Surf Club to screen a cult classic
Though we’re just getting rolling with the film screenings, I feel like we have a pretty good idea of where we want to take it. In my humble, the best documentaries are the ones that stretch out your imagination, that in a sense, make your world a little more expansive. The first time I saw Billy Corben’s Cocaine Cowboys–undoubtedly smoked out on Max’s couch in Culver City–my sense of possibility in the universe got just slightly wider. I understood, for example, how damn near an entire U.S. metro area could be built on drug traffic. I even had a vague idea of what it might be like to smuggle a few hundred kilos into the port of Miami in a speedboat. This wasn’t Johnny Depp in Blow. This was a set of events that actually happened. And for that reason alone, it was pretty powerful.
In the seven years since its release, Cocaine Cowboys has earned the title of cult classic for it’s gritty, unrelenting portrait of the rise of cocaine in America during the late ’70s and early ’80s. Centered on Miami, Cowboys pairs archival footage with in-person interviews–with traffickers, users and enforcers alike–exploring a massive shift in culture through the eyes of those who were there to witness it firsthand. From the glitzy days of disco to the devastating wave of violence that rocked Miami in the early ’80s, Cocaine Cowboys builds its narrative arc in unflinching detail, putting an era in perspective for those of us born a little further down the road.
This Thursday, we’ll be bringing Cocaine Cowboys to Oakland Surf Club for an intimate screening. In the months to come, along with new, rarely seen films, we’ll be screening older favorites like Cowboys, in an effort to celebrate film and bring folks together. For Thursday, grab some beers, tell a friend, and come through. Should be a good time. Oh, and peep the trailer after the MORE.