“Yolanda” – a short film by John Brian King
The 1970s are haunting Los Angeles. The narrator is Emily Harris, aka Yolanda, a member of the radical left-wing group the Symbionese Liberation Army. On June 8, 1974 — shortly after most members of the Symbionese Liberation Army burned to death in a Los Angeles house after a firefight with police — Harris recorded this communication to the people. Although the radicalism of the SLA has largely vanished, it has left ghostly traces on the landscape and people of California. “Yolanda” embraces structure and stillness to create the unsettled feeling of buried cultural memories stirring to life.
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JOHN BRIAN KING is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer. His works include the nonfiction books “Lustmord: The Writings and Artifacts of Murderers” (1997) and “Death to the Fascist Insect” (2019); the photography books “LAX: Photographs of Los Angeles 1980–84” (2015), “Nude Reagan” (2016), “Riviera: Photographs of Palm Springs” (2020), “Punk Daze: LA 1977-84” and “Vein” (2021); the short films “Model Test” (2016), “Desert Mass” (2017), “nada” (2018), “Yolanda,” “Phoenix” (2020), “Blue” and “Locus” (2021); and the feature film “Redlands” (2014).
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