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Drama | 1981 | R. 2hr 26min
CAST: Ed Harris, Gary Lahti, Tom Savini DIRECTOR: George A. Romero REFLECTIONS SERIES | SEPT. 17, 2022 | MASKS OPTIONAL

A medieval reenactment troupe find it increasingly difficult to keep their family-like group together, with pressure from local law enforcement, interest from entertainment agents and a growing sense of delusion from their leader.

Knightriders was submitted to the Reflections 

film series by local musician and game designer 

Steph Beck Fey of Garlic Bread & Roses

Garlic Bread & Roses

"George A. Romero's 1981 cult classic, Knightriders, explores the process of community-building through the lens of that ever-popular safehaven for misfits and outsiders, the ren faire. The film argues passionately for the value of lifestylism and the need to create spaces outside of capitalism in the here and now. Though it addresses serious topics such as police brutality, capitalist recuperation of alternative subcultures, and the difficulties of coming out as queer, it also makes time for joy and wish fulfillment from singing around a campfire to running nazis off the road, not to mention lots and lots of epic motorcycle jousts." -Steph

After the film, Steph will lead a panel discussion along with Tacoma Mutual Aid Collective organizer Zee Grieder, American Federation of Teachers Washington organizer Gillian Reese, and local game designer River Adams. In addition to geeking out over the epic Motorcycle jousts, their panel will be asking some very important questions about community organizing and collaborative art:

  • How do you stay afloat financially without compromising your shared values? 
  • How do you decide what your shared values even are? 
  • Do you make decisions through rigid processes or more informally? 
  • At what point does community leadership become a cult of personality? 
  • What kind of external pressure are you prepared to deal with? 
  • What kinds of solidarity and instability does having a community of outsiders inherently create? 

Join them to discuss how Knightriders addresses those struggles that we encounter as artists and as organizers.

Knightriders is about 50 percent scenes of kick-ass moto-jousting, 40 percent philosophizing around the campfire, and 10 percent lyrical shots of King William
Noel Murray, The Dissolve
Harris embodies his character with such conviction that the character's struggle to retain the integrity of his dream ultimately exudes a modest poignancy.
Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
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