Reaching out into the bay from the shores of Albany, a unique man-made peninsula formed of the trash of generations past is the unlikely home of the Bay Area's finest collection of outsider artwork - and not that long ago, also to an eclectic community of the displaced.
Today the Albany Bulb is a fantastic place for an afternoon stroll, taking the visitor past castles of concrete, impromptu paintings, a hidden labyrinth, and massive driftwood beasts.
In 2003 Bay Area filmmakers Tomas McCabe and Andrei Rozen asked the question: "Instead of being a documentary about homelessness... What if the homeless -- the indigent, the bums -- told their own stories? "
The result is Bums Paradise, a unusual look not just at the creative process and the special chemistry which allowed art at the Albany Bulb to flourish, but also a snapshot of a time now just out of sight.
As Executive Director of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, McCabe has a unique insight on large scale outsider art. He'll share the story of the creation of this unusual film as well as what has changed at the Bulb since it was made.
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