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SFFILM Festival

Fantastic Negrito: Live Score + “Lost Landscapes of Oakland”

Join us for a unique evening of music and film at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Featuring a live performance by Grammy-winner Fantastic Negrito, this event includes the World Premiere of a newly edited Lost Landscapes of Oakland and the live musical accompaniment of a specially commissioned score. One night only!


Thu, Apr 15 at 7:30 pm PST

Fort Mason Center

Live Score

Join us for a one-time-only special event with live music by Grammy-winning blues-rocker Fantastic Negrito, who will perform an original score to Rick Prelinger and alex cruse’s collage film Lost Landscapes of Oakland.

Film Screening

An all-new version of Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes of Oakland, recut by co-creator alex cruse, will be screened, showcasing rare and surprising images of the East Bay and telling the history of the city that is too-often forgotten or pushed aside.


Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes projects are evolving compendiums of footage from amateurs, industrials, and newsreels that present city-specific histories. Forged with ephemera of events and people rarely seen, forgotten, or pushed aside by more “official” versions of history, this latest version, updated by co-creator alex cruse, brings us rare and often surprising images of the East Bay. No musical artist is better suited to further enliven this tour of rediscovered local wonders with a unique score, performed live, than roots-music revolutionary and Oakland native, Fantastic Negrito.

Director alex cruse

alex cruse is a writer, poet, and interdisciplinary artist, who in addition to her work with Rick Prelinger on Lost Landscapes, is a curator for the Artists’ Television Access (ATA) gallery, as well as the president of the organization’s board of directors.

Producer Rick Prelinger

Rick Prelinger founded Prelinger Archives in 1982 with a collection of industrial, advertising, amateur, and educational films. In addition to his work as an archivist and filmmaker, he is a writer and a professor of film and digital media at UC Santa Cruz. Among his films are Panorama Ephemera (2004) and many iterations of the Lost Landscape series that in addition to Oakland, include works devoted to San Francisco, Detroit, and New York.

Performer Fantastic Negrito

No musical artist is better suited to further enliven this tour of re-found local wonders than roots-music revolutionary, Fantastic Negrito, who has been called “one of America’s most unusual artists.” The Oakland-based musician, born Xavier Dphrepaulezz, taught himself guitar, piano, and drums and started writing songs after moving to Oakland at age 12. After a near-fatal car accident in 1999, he re-emerged as Fantastic Negrito with a musical style described as “black roots music for everyone.” Since then, he has won two Grammys for his first two full-length albums, The Last Days of Oakland and Please Don’t Be Dead. His third album, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet, inspired by the sociopolitical albums of the ’60s and ’70s, was released to great acclaim in the summer of 2020 and earned him a third consecutive Grammy Award.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2021

Premiere World

Runtime 70

Country USA

Director alex cruse

Executive Producer Rick Prelinger

Producer Rick Prelinger, alex cruse

Editor alex cruse