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Film Screening: Danny Lyon's "Willie"

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Danny Lyon, "Willie", 1985

Danny Lyon, Willie, 1985. Gelatin silver print from film stills Image 35 x 32 cm (13 13/16 x 12 9/16 in.); sheet 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.) Collection of the artist, L194 Frame: 22 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. © 2016 Danny Lyon

Koret Auditorium

Willie (1985, 82 min., color and b&w), a film by Danny Lyon and Nancy Weiss Lyon, was shot in Bernalillo, New Mexico, home of the filmmakers and their subject, Willie Jaramillo. Defiantly individualistic and implacable in the face of authority, Willie is repeatedly thrown into jail for relatively minor offenses. The filmmakers gain access to jail cells, day rooms, lunatic wards, and the worst cellblock in the penitentiary, where Willie is locked up next to his childhood friend Michael Guzman, who has been convicted of murder.

Introductory remarks by Julian Cox, founding curator of photography and chief curator of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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Complimentary tickets for the film are distributed beginning at 6 pm at the Koret Auditorium entrance. No advance tickets or reservations. Seating is first come, first served.

Programming and general admission to the permanent collection galleries are free of charge during Friday Nights at the de Young.

Pricing still applies to visit the special exhibitions Frank Stella: A Retrospective and Danny Lyon: Message to the Future.

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