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"The Weather Underground" opens 10/3 at Cinema 21

On Friday, 10/3, "The Weather Underground" opens at Cinema 21. The acclaimed new independent documentary explores the rise and fall of the 70s radical splinter of Students for a Democratic Society.
On Friday, 10/3, "The Weather Underground" opens at Cinema 21 in Portland. It's a new documentary by independent filmmakers Sam Green and Chicago native Bill Siegel that explores the rise and fall of the infamous American radicals whose goal was to overthrow the U.S. government.

Cinema 21
616 NW 21st ave.

Showtimes: nightly 7:00, 9:00 plus Sat-Sun (1:00), 3:00, 5:00


Featuring: Bill Ayers, Kathleen Cleaver, Bernardine Dohrn, David Gilbert, Mark Rudd, Laura Whitehorn, Brian Flanagan, Naomi Jaffe and Todd Gitlin.


"Hello, I'm going to read a declaration of a state of war...within the next 14 days we will attack a symbol or institution of American injustice."

--Bernardine Dohrn

Thirty years ago, with those words, a group of young American radicals announced their intention to overthrow the U.S. government. In THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, former Underground members, including Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, Mark Rudd, David Gilbert and Brian Flanagan, speak publicly about the idealistic passion that drove them to "bring the war home" and the trajectory that placed them on the FBI1s most wanted list.

Fueled by outrage over racism and the Vietnam War, the Weather Underground waged a low-level war against the U.S. government through much of the '70s--bombing targets across the country that they considered emblematic of the real violence that the U.S. was wreaking throughout the world. Ultimately, the group's carefully organized clandestine network managed to successfully evade one of the largest manhunts in FBI history, yet the group1s members would reemerge to life in a country that was dramatically different than the one they had hoped their efforts would inspire.

Extensive archival material, including photographs, film footage and FBI documents are interwoven with modern-day interviews to trace the group's path, from its pitched battles with police on Chicago1s streets, to its bombing of the U.S. Capitol, to its successful endeavor breaking acid-guru Timothy Leary out of prison. The film explores the Weathermen in the context of other social movements of the time and features interviews with former members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Black Panthers. It also examines the U.S. government's suppression of dissent in the 1960s and 1970s. Looking back at their years underground, the former members paint a compelling portrait of troubled times, revolutionary times, and the forces that drove their resistance.

homepage: homepage: http://www.theweatherunderground.com

Local interest? 19.Sep.2003 20:59


Is there going to be anything of local interest? Perhaps some mention of Dr. Frank Giese and his cell? Has anyone even heard of the Professor lately?

You're saying ... 20.Sep.2003 02:04


that Frank Giese was active in the Weather Underground here in Portland?

Its tha Bomb 20.Sep.2003 07:10


I wonder if this has any new footage or at least differnt from the the original W.U video that came out in '75 which was called "UNDERGROUND". Tuff video, with crucial footage.

Not to be confused with the Portland Weather mafia 20.Sep.2003 15:20


The Portland Weather Mafia, which is not affiliated with the Weather underground have been terrorizing Portland for a decade. It is comprised mainly of Italian-American tv meteorologists, such as Joe Sottile, Matt Zafino, and Rob Marciano. Although they have no clear political agenda, they have an irrational hatred of Ronald McDonald. Allegedly the PWM sought out Jamaican national Ricky Murphy, who as a PSU exchange student in the 1970s, stole a statue of Ronald McDonald from in front of a Powell Blvd. McDonald's, to murder Ronald in 1997 at an appearance at a McDonald's outlet on SW Capitol Hwy. Although they were cleared of any involvement, if only to avoid publicity, and keep McDonald's murder a secret, they have been charged with a number of more sophomoric stunts in the past decade, allegedly stealing the Laurelhurst pond, which was found in a Gresham storage facility in 1996. This past summer, a large stockpile of free beef was found rotting in the same storage facility, which is given as a bonus to Les Schwab customers who buy tires during the month of february. However, members of the PWM were unable to produce any reciepts for the purchase of any tires.

Pretty freaky stuff, huh?

You don't need to stick your finger in the wind to know.... 22.Sep.2003 10:21

Not a medic

1. The documentary is new. The 1975 movie was an attempt to 'surface' members of the Weather Underground who wanted to re-enter political life openly, rather than as the fugitives from the FBI that they were at the time.
2. Frank Giese was never a member of the Weather Underground. Though I have not seen "The Weather Underground", various reviews make it clear that it centers on that group, with only passing reference to other revolutionary groups of the 1970's in the United States, such as the George Jackson Brigade and the Black Liberation Army.
For those without a historical framework, Frank Giese was a revolutionary based in Portland (and also a French professor) who was convicted of charges that would now be incorporated under the new anti-terrorism laws. He served prison time and then returned to radical organizing.

I would urge people to go to Cinema 21 to learn a little of what is generally a misunderstood and little-known attempt to create an organization of mainly young white revolutionaries who waged battle against the United States. As I am certain the documentary will make clear, they saw themselves as part of a world-wide movement, led by people of color, which intended to destroy what has now become the world super-power. Even their failures are worth learning.

Frank Giese - his "crime" 23.Oct.2003 10:51

Tedi Smith tjonesheo@yahoo.com Put something obvious in the subject heading.

I added a comment the other day -- where is it?

Frank Giese and the Weather Underground 08.May.2007 00:55

Lynn B. Meyer lynnmeyer007@hotmail.com

Frank Giese said that I was cleared for aboveground political activism at OSCI in 1971. I was represented by Michael H. Rosen in early 1973 for a police shootout. Rosen was the head of the Seattle ACLU and prevented Leslie Bacon from being prosecuted for the US Capitol Building bombing that was claimed by the Weather Underground. Both Michael Rosen and Dr. Giese died last year (2006).