Between the Beats

Director: Martin O’Brien
Film Category: Music Spotlight
Local Filmmaker
Running Time: 90 min.
Country: USA
Year of Release: 2016
Premiere: World Premiere

A documentary by local filmmaker Martin O’Brien about the early days of the San Francisco rave scene & the powerful influence those times had on countless people’s lives.

Get your tickets before they sell out:

The film will be shown at Sat, Jun 4 at 9:00 p.m. at the Great Star Theater.
Q & A and DJ dance party to follow once the screening has ended.
Slip between the beats with us and discover how the Bay Area rave scene, of the late 80’s and early 90’s, was a vibrant revolution of culture along the lines of the beat generation, hippies, punk, and disco. This fascinating story illustrates the way this musical movement exploded rave onto the San Francisco Bay Area. Told through the personal experiences of 40 different DJs, musicians, promoters and ravers, it traces the birth of this new scene and how it quickly became a major influence in the lives of many who discovered it.
From DJ Harvey’s Tonka UK influence to Doc Martin dropping SF’s first house tracks, this film follows the growth of the scene from 1989 to 1999. Through the pre-rave club parties, to the early renegade break-in warehouse parties, to “massives” to the legendary Sunset parties. This amazing film is a healthy reminder of the impact that musical subculture can have in all of us.

Between the Beats: “The music beats never stop in this informative documentary about the intersection of technology, art and psychedelics that shaped San Francisco’s legendary rave scene during the early 1990s. The city’s new technocrats are bound to admire the ethos of their ancestors, who approached their all-night parties with a DIY spirit and a joy of expressing themselves in a way that fostered a sense of community.” ~ SF Chronicle


The Great Star Theatre
636 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133