The trailer above really captures the dramatic, spastic and somewhat incoherent film style of the documentary “Power Trip: Theatrically Berkeley,” by filmmaker Emio Tomeoni. The showing—Monday at the PFA—was attended by Tomeoni himself and an oddly boisterous crowd of twenty or so Berkeley residents in their forties.

The film claimed to be about Measure G, passed in 2006 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent in the city by 2050. According to the pamphlet handed out at the showing: “This film intended to follow Berkeley leadership from City Hall to the grass roots as they blaze a path to success, and set an example for the nation.” The only part of that statement that we could really agree with is the word “blaze.” read more »

Thanks to filmmaker Emio Tomeoni, society at large has further grounds to believe all Berkeleyites worship the Mayan underworld and drive solar-powered cupcakes.

In his forthcoming documentary, Power Trip: Theatrically Berkeley, the Bay Area native managed to capture footage of Zachary RunningWolf’s 2008 mayoral campaign, the Global Citizen Awards at UC Berkeley’s very own International House, and all the major dramz surrounding the passage of Measure G in 2006.

The screening is happening this Monday, Oct. 26 at our very own Pacific Film Archive at 2575 Bancroft Way. Free for UC Berkeley students and faculty, $5 with other valid school ID, $8 for everyone else.

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Surprise! Given the opportunity, homeowners took swift advantage of a new Berkeley program that let them install solar panels for the grand sum of no money up front at all. This being Berkeley, the question isn’t if the tickets, like the Oakland Tribune reports, went faster than spots to a Bruce Springsteen concert. The question is if the tickets went faster than a speeding cheetah, a freight train, a pack of dogs on a 3 legged cat? Faster than the arctic caps are liquefying, the economy combusting, our coral reefs dying and our natural resources adjourning to the afterworld thanks to our relentless efforts to consume everything on Earth ever? Faster, even, than instant noodles?

The morning after the presidential election, the city opened its online application for a program to help homeowners with the cost of solar installation by shifting that cost onto their property-tax bills for the next 20 years. Within the first nine minutes, 40 applications were immediately received. Bam!

So who won out? read more »