Tonight, San Francisco's Coit Tower will once again be transformed into a cylindrical movie screen, projecting films about the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz to mark the event's 40th anniversary.
For a second night starting at about sundown, a series of films dealing with the region's American Indian heritage will be projected all around the tower. Several focus on the island's nearly two-year occupation by the group Indians of All Tribes that began in November 1969.
The large-scale movie display is the work of local artists and collaborators Ben Wood and David Mark. They will use three high-powered projectors placed on separate Telegraph Hill rooftops to transform the tower into a 360-degree series of movies screens, each 210 feet high by 60 feet wide. Mark, who works in both art and cinematography, uses sophisticated software to ensure the high-definition images aren't distorted as they wrap around Coit Tower's curved and grooved exterior.
The series of films will run consecutively all night until sunup, and again starting at sundown on Thursday. Viewers can tune to radio station KPOO at 89.5 for accompanying audio during the evenings.
In addition to Telegraph Hill, the display will be visible in the North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, Russian Hill, Chinatown neighborhoods, and the northern part of the Financial District.
The films include original works, as well as parts of the popular 2001 public television piece Alcatraz is Not an Island.