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PLASTIC MAN: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish

Sanchez Art Center

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

PLASTIC MAN:  The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Advance Documentary Screening Ticket
Admission to the Sanchez Art Center Galleries, 6:30-7:30pm PLUS the Documentary Film Screening, 7:30pm Mildred Owen Concert Hall.
2h 21m $15.00 $2.55
Reserved Table for Six
Table in the Concert Hall to view the documentary and filmmakers talk. Includes admission to the galleries prior to the screening.
2h 21m $120.00 $8.93
I Support Community Art 4h 51m Enter donation ($)

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The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish

Directed by William Farley 

Pacifica Premiere Documentary Film Screening
Online Launch* Party!  

Special screening of PLASTIC MAN, a benefit fundraiser for Sanchez Art Center AND Celebrating PLASTIC MAN Online!  

6:30-7:30pm  Art Galleries/Reception Open
Sanchez Art Center
7:30 - 9:30pm Screening and Talk 
with Jerry Barrish and filmmakers William Farley and Janis Plotkin
Mildred Owen Concert Hall  

Advance Tickets:  $15.00 / At Door $20.00, if available

Sometimes an individual is compelled, in the face of daunting odds to find his identity by making art and becoming an artist...

This documentary tells the remarkable story of a plucky bail bondsmen best known for bailing out members of the 1960s Bay Area counterculture (“DON’T PERISH IN JAIL, CALL BARRISH FOR BAIL”). As a social justice crusader, independent filmmaker, and man who at age 50 discovered a new artistic path as a sculptor, Barrish began using discarded plastic as his new medium. This new path presents Barrish with the struggle to create museum quality fine art out of trash.

Jerry Barrish was the product of an environment that little appreciated the finer arts, much less the wildness of modern art. His hardworking, San Francisco Jewish relatives were boxing enthusiasts and vaguely connected to the mob. Those connections got him started in the bail bond business. Then he broke the mold, becoming the bailout guy for radical ‘sixties protesters'. Inspired by the times, he went further afield, delving into art collecting, and then launching himself as a filmmaker and sculptor.

Creative by necessity, Barrish begins collecting the detritus, especially the discarded plastic, and assembling it into whimsical, evocative, poignant human and animal figures. Barrish reassembles his life as a sculptor, but hits another snag: the art world approves of the imagination, but scorns the material. Barrish’s beloved plastic won’t do for the world of galleries and collectors. Yet, by the end of Plastic Man the artist finds his vindication, and the immeasurable pleasure of wide visibility, in a public commission for the Bay View / Hunter’s Point neighborhood where he works - a 15-foot horn player constructed from the component forms of a disassembled gun.


*  Now for the first time you can rent or buy PLASTIC MAN for home use:
iTunes, Pre-Order: Sept 11
iTunes/Amazon andGoogePlay, Day of Release: Oct 16

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Have questions about PLASTIC MAN: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish? Contact Sanchez Art Center

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Sanchez Art Center
1220 Linda Mar Boulevard
Pacifica, CA 94044

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)

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Sanchez Art Center

The Sanchez Art Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization,
Creates Community through Art, providing:

  • exhibitions by emerging and established California and west coast artists, 
  • education and outreach designed to make art accessible to people of all ages and background, and
  • affordable art studios for San Francisco Bay Area artists.  

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