A talk with film clips by Jim Van Buskirk 

The Golden Gate Bridge has probably starred in more movies than any other American architectural icon.

From Stranded (1935) to The Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), the iconic span appears in wide range of films including Dark PassageSupermanStar TrekTime After TimeIt Came from Beneath the SeaLove BugA View to a KillMonsters vs. AliensInterview with a Vampire, and X-Men. Jim Van Buskirk, author of Celluloid San Francisco (and former SFPL librarian), offers a clip-filled program of hilariously horrifying depictions of the Bay Area’s beloved bridge.

Jim is an accomplished public speaker, author, and historian who offers unique and entertaining perspectives on California gay and lesbian history, Jewish identity, and Bay Area-related movies. He is currently available for bookings with this presentation, as well as readings, workshops, and more. For availability, rates, and other information, please send him an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..