“One day it’s chicken, and the next minute it’s feathers.”
We’re very glad that, in addition to its exhibits and walking tours, the Tenderloin Museum has quickly become a venue for evening programming about the most fascinating and frequently misunderstood neighborhood in San Francisco. If you missed the sold-out screening of the rarely shown 1966 KQED documentary Drugs in the Tenderloin, you can redeem yourself with the museum’s next film, Love Me Tenderloin.
[jump] Henri Quenette’s documentary about street life and drug use in the TL looks at recovering addicts, creative panhandlers, people who distribute clean needles, and the relationships among them, and he filmed it with the assistance of the Museum’s ace tour guide, Del Seymour.
“I would like this film to be part of a process of replacing that alienation and blame with humaneness and connectivity,” Quenette has said. “I want to praise the Tenderloin’s hopeful side, where both unofficial and official organizations are providing a number of life-saving services to the city’s downtrodden.”
The Tenderloin has been minimized or even left out of so many official accounts of San Francisco history that all this newfound attention is only serving to reduce the deficit. And this 70-minute film works overtime to dispel the notion that the heart of the city is anything but pumping and full of vitality.
Love Me Tenderloin, Thursday, Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m., $5, at the Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy.