It looks like this, with about 20 people queuing up about 20 minutes before the event begins:
Would SFGov / Rec and Park consider these fliers “illegal?”
Yep, they would.
Anyway, that’s what it looked like.
Read all about it, below.
“DARK PASSAGE MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF FILM IN THE FOG AT THE PRESIDIO – FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING OF CLASSIC 1947 BOGIE AND BACALL FILM-NOIR THRILLER
Presidio of San Francisco — Celebrate the 10TH anniversary of Film in the Fog when the Presidio Trust and the San Francisco Film Society present the film-noir thriller, Dark Passage starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall Saturday, October 1 at 7pm on the lawn of the Main Post Theater, 99 Moraga Avenue in the Presidio. Admission is free.
Filmed almost entirely on location in San Francisco (including one remarkably tense scene on the Golden Gate Bridge), Delmer Daves’ gritty, 1947 classic tells the story of convicted murderer Vincent Parry (Bogart) who escapes from San Quentin in order to prove his innocence and is taken in by, and falls for, a sympathetic, young artist played by Bacall. The third of four films Bogart and Bacall made together, Dark Passage is most noted for its first third, which is shot entirely from Parry’s point of view. In fact Bogart is not seen on screen until roughly an hour into the movie.
Dark Passage begins at sunset (approximately 7:00pm). Pre-show entertainment begins at 5:00pm and includes live music from indie rockers Grass Widow and an animated classic. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and to arrive early to reserve a prime spot (and dress warmly, it’s not called Film in the Fog for nothing!). Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Presidio’s Kitchen 39 or bring a picnic. Free parking is available in the Main Parade lot.
For more information visit www.presidio.gov/calendar or www.sffs.org or call 415-561-5500.
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to celebrating film and the moving image in all its glorious forms. Its year-round programs and events are concentrated in four core areas: Celebrating Internationalism, Inspiring Bay Area Youth, Showcasing Bay Area Film Culture and Exploring New Digital Media. The film society hosts the annual San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19-May 3, 2012), the longest running festival in the Americas; shows the best of world cinema on its SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; and publishes a daily online magazine, SF360.org, which features a broad array of news and features on Bay Area film and media. The Film Society’s acclaimed media literacy programs reach more than 8,000 students between the ages of 6-18 each year; and it provides crucial support to the Bay Area filmmaking community through SFFS Filmmaker Services including FilmHouse Residencies, fiscal sponsorship, the SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants, the Herbert Family Filmmaking Grants, the Hearst Screening Grant, the Djerassi/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship, SFFS Film Arts Forums and professional-level filmmaker classes.
The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The National Park Service oversees the coastal areas of the Presidio. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District. The Presidio is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.”
Tonight’s Fourth of July fireworks show had a fairly high fog ceiling, so it would have to rate as better than average. Better than last year anyway, but not as good as 2007.
Here’s an excellent eight-second exposure of the northern waterfront show from Lafayette Park in Specific Whites Pacific Heights. Click to expand:
And here’s a real-time shot of the same show from Twin Peaks:
Everything is done double – that’s the way they do it. Here’s a double double:
But this is what happens when the fireworks get too high – you can only see the bottom halves sometimes due to the fog:
Let’s look across the Bay over at Sausalito. That’s USF in the foreground:
Now here are some illegal explosions in San Francisco. This was an impressive burst above the northern Mission district:
And here’s Mission Bay / Dogpatch with Alameda / Oakland in the background – very nice:
The Mission and points south all had lots of illegal fireworks booming:
Oh noes, it’s a flare, shooting high above Twin Peaks…
…and then landing somewhere in the Castro District:
And there you have it.
When they tell you “Fog could shroud S.F. fireworks” up in Fishermans Wharf at 9:30 PM on the Fourth of July 2009, what they really mean is Fog WILL shroud S.F. fireworks, barring some Act of God, or Gaia, or Whomever.
Sometimes the weather is good, sometimes not. This year, not.
Check it out from 2008. Click to expand:
This is by no means the worst case scenario. So when they talk about special low-level fireworks and let’s cross our fingers, they’re spinning. And spinning is just the polite term for lying. So, what do you do? Head on over to the Mission District, where they’ll have oodles of Yelp-rated, illegal, illicit, MUY PRO HI BI DA DO (now I say that in Spanish because that’s how exotic and not allowed it is) fireworks, fog-free, for free. Just check out this screen saver album from 2007.
Of course, you can always go with the flow and follow the madding crowd northward into la niebla, le brouillard. And who knows, maybe it will be clear the way it was in 2007. Thusly:
This is the view you had from Crissy Field on 7-4-2007 – those lights at the bottom have something to do with Fishermans Wharf.
But dude, don’t drive up there. Even if they didn’t block off the streets and you already had a parking space waiting for you, you’d still have to drive out of there in a traffic jam when the show’s over at 10:00 PM. Of course, you could always hang out at all the places that will be open up in the Wharf after the show, but maybe you’d be better off driving into the City with your bikes in tow and parking South of the 101 near the Giants’ AT&T Park. Then you could ride up the flat, flat Embarcadero (on the sidewalk – it’s legal) back and forth.
Can you dig the colors, man?
But if that doesn’t pan out, you could follow the cable cars on Hyde (that’s the one north-south street they don’t block off, in my experience) and drop off the brood. Whatever you do, stay off of Van Ness. Or you could BART it to the Embarcadero Station and then hoof it up to Pier 39. But forget about MUNI, ’cause walking would be faster.
And most likely it will be foggy anyway, you’ve been warned.
Dress warm. Panthers out.
Fourth of July Waterfront Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 2009
1:00 PM to 9:30 PM
“PIER 39 invites you to enjoy a fun-filled Independence Day celebration. Rock out with ‘Take 2’ from 1-4pm followed by San Francisco’s favorite 80’s cover band, ‘Tainted Love’ from 6-9:30pm. Immediately after the entertainment look to the sky as the City of San Francisco lights up the night with it’s Firework’s Spectacular, accompanied by a musical simulcast from KISS FM 98.1. PIER 39 has the best viewing area on the bay! In addition, 39 of PIER 39’s businesses will remain open after the fireworks so that guests can miss the traffic, enjoy the PIER, have a drink, get a bite to eat, and shop. Click here for the list of locations open after the fireworks. Sponsored by Crystal Geyser ALPINE SPRING WATER, DeLoach Vineyards, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, The San Francisco Examiner, Tawain Tourism and Asus.”