FILM SCREENING » Who Is Bozo Texino?
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 6:30pm
Reception » 6:30 pm | Screening » 7:30 pm
Featuring an introduction and Q&A with Director Bill Daniel
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
Who Is Bozo Texino? is the picaresque chronicle of a 16-year search for the source of a ubiquitous rail graffiti seen on railcars for over 80 years—a simple sketch of a blank-staring character with an infinity-shaped hat and the scrawled moniker “Bozo Texino.” Bill Daniel rode freight trains across the West carrying a Super-8 sound camera and a 16mm Bolex, interviewing tramps and brakemen, and in his quest discovered the roots of a folkloric tradition that has gone mostly unnoticed for a century.
Taking inspiration from Beat artists Robert Frank and Jack Kerouac, the film functions both as a subcultural documentary and a stylized fable on wanderlust, outsider identity, and escape.
Join SFAI for a reception in the cafe from 6:30–7:30 pm before the screening. The Walter and McBean Galleries will also be open until 7:30 pm.
Who Is Bozo Texino? » Directed, photographed, and edited by Bill Daniel, 2005, 56 min., B/W
J. H. McKinley, one of the originators of the Bozo Texino myth, 1936
Courtesy of Director Bill Daniel