A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco's Lost Cemeteries is just that. There are almost no graveyards in the city I call home. It is a strange distinction indeed, and the film reveals not only why the dead were evicted, but where most of them went, and how this came to pass in the first half of the 20th century. It also offers insight into how the conflict between the living and the dead in the Bay Are continues to this day.
The film was produced as the thesis requirement for my Master of Fine Arts in Cinema degree, but while I worked on it, I discovered that it would function not only as an academic requirement, but also as a valuable historical document addressing a neglected facet of the city's past. Ultimately, I see it as a gift to the residents of San Francisco, past and present.
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