November 1-7, 2001

San Jose Metro's SiFT
a selective guide to the best of san francisco

Picks by Davina Baum

Boom: The Sound of Evicition (graphic)
Protesters take back the streets.

Whispered Media, the video activist collective that brought you Breaking the Bank, detailing the April 2000 protests against the IMF and World Bank, brings it all back home again with Boom: The Sound of Eviction.

The documentary peers into San Francisco's Mission district, arguably one of the neighborhoods most affected by the quick flush of money that inundated the city and the ran dry, leaving the community radically altered.

With footage from activists activating, gentrifirs gentrificating, and evictors evicting - including classic Willie Brown boosterish prognostications - the film manages to document the means of change with a nod to the plight of the displaced and uprooted.

Sun/4, 2; 4:30; 7; 9:30; Mon/5, 7; 9:30. Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St., SF. $4-$7. 415.863.1087

Film/Tape World

Vol 15, Number 1, Issue 168, Jan 2002

Unless you've been hiding in a cave for the last five years or so, you've undoubtedly been around for the unprecedented rise and subsequent fall of dot-coms in the Bay Area.

Whispered Media caught the whole dirty business on film, with Boom - The Sound of Eviction, a feature-length documentary about the effects of the dot-com boom and bust on the community, including the rapid gentrification of the Mission.

Boom jumps from dot-com parties to displaced families, from politicians and developers to grassroots activists, packing high hilarity and biting social critique into [96] fascinating minutes.

Boom screens at Artists' Television Access Jan. 26-28 and Feb 1, at the Parkway Theatre in Oakland on Jan.29 and at the Red Vic Theatre Jan. 30-31. For more information, visit

Oakland Tribune
Tuesday, January 29, 2002
p2-LOCAL, from staff reports

Film on housing upheaval set for Parkway tonight

OAKLAND - A documentary that examines the housing upheaval brought on by the dot com boom and bust will be screened at the Parkway Theatre tonight.

Entitled "Boom - The Sound of Eviction," the documentary follows an Oakland family evicted from their home.

The screening will benefit Just Cause Oakland, an organization that is working to get a measure on the ballot in November that would prevent evictions without a legal reason. Oakland's rent law allows landlords to evict tenants with 30-day notices.

The documentary will screen at 6:30 and 9:30pm at the Parkway, 1834 Park Blvd. in Oakland.

"Boom" On-line Press Kit