Joe Sciacca is a regular guy - a beer drinking, blue-collar roofer and Vietnam War veteran from Long Island, New York - an ordinary Joe by all appearances. Don’t miss Ordinary Joe- one of the many thought-provoking screen gems you’ll see at this year’s inaugural American Documentary Film Festival. The main source of livelihood in the town of San Pablito, a small village in highland Pueblo, is artisanal papermaking.
Films selected for the AIM-WEST festival exemplify the legacy and spiritual movement of resistance, and the fight for self-determination found among indigenous peoples throughout the globe. The documentary features the beginning and end of the historic Otis Mill in Chisholm, Maine.
The documentary includes family stories from retired papermakers from the 1890’s as they sought a better life for their families and made the long ocean voyage from Italy and Eastern Europe. Instead of plopping down on the couch for another night of binge streaming, hop into the car for a drive-in Saturday when George Lucas’ cruise-culture classic American Graffiti accompanies the 2013 documentary Going Attractions as part of a double feature this weekend at the West Wind Sacramento 6 theater. Going Attractions, which opens the double feature at dusk, chronicles the mid-century heyday, late-century decline, and contemporary resurgence of America’s iconic drive-in pastime.


But contrary to appearances, this "Ordinary Joe" has a life purpose that proves to be anything but average. The film, “Seed Spirits: The Otomi of Carolina del Norte,” will be screened at the Fifth Annual Film Festival of the American Indian Movement West (AIM-West) on Oct.
Held each year on Indigenous People’s Day, the festival offers an educational alternative to the stories typically associated with Columbus Day and what it means to indigenous people throughout the Americas. Susan Gagnon weaves her family’s stories as a child living in a tenement building overlooking the Otis Mill, where all the men in her family worked. Others left their family farms in the early 1850’s and walked from Quebec, Canada to Farmington, Maine first seeking work as seasonal farm laborers; decades later migrated to Chisholm to work in the paper industry. Lucas’ 1973 hit and five-time Oscar nominee, about a night in the life of cruising teens in Modesto, will close the program. Driven by complex motives, Joe annually returns to Vietnam, traveling its back alleys and country roads, seeking out the poor, diseased and disabled, and offers them his unique brand of aid and hope. SacMod, a group striving to preserve and promote modern art in the Sacramento region, is hosting the event and will precede the screenings with a classic auto show featuring Sacramento-area car clubs.


Against the advent of both the multiplex and the Internet, drive-in business has slowed considerably since its mid-20th century peak. By taking a "do-it-yourself" approach this brash New Yorker has become an unlikely champion to a far away and seemingly forgotten people. The documentary focuses on indigenous traditions that mark the cycle of life and the passing of the seasons: Carnaval, a Quincinera, and Day of the Dead. According to Wright, around 95 percent of drive-ins that thrived at the time have closed, meaning the West Wind Sacramento 6 (which opened in 1972) is one of the rare remaining survivors to provide this vintage open-air entertainment. In addition, Don Alfonso Garcia, a leading curandero (traditional healer or shaman)of San Pablito, speaks about the role of seed spirits cut from sacred paper in his healing work.



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