8BALL TV featuring The Sixth Side of the Pentagon

“If the five sides of the pentagon appear impregnable, attack the sixth side.”
-Zen Proverb

On October 27, 1967, tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam. It was the largest protest gathering yet – a motley band of liberals, radicals, hippies, and Yippies. Among the thousands, Chris Marker led a team of filmmakers who both bore witness to this historic event, and captured a cultural moment through which images and criticism transformed (in the words of protesters) into direct action. With Marker’s patented sincerity of vision and wry commentary, Sixth Side less analyzes the politics of a time, than it purveys the mark history makes on the present.

Five decades later, on the occasion of Donald Trump’s Inauguration, 8BALL TV was launched. As a global public access station committed to the proliferation of political and experimental filmmaking, 8BALL echoes the demands of the protestors Marker documented: engagement, unification, and community. In this tradition, 8BALL TV provides a platform where the voices of emerging and established filmmakers from around the globe can be heard. Join us for the first public screening of work from 8BALL TV contributors, as well as Sixth Side, as we look to engage with our history, our communities, and the screen in new ways.

This program is curated by and co-presented with FACTS.

The Sixth Side of the Pentagon, dir. Chris Marker, 1967, digibeta, 26 min.

Watch the trailer!