Please help me I am drownding: San Francisco’s Dark Decade
This double-feature showcases a wild low-budget movie made to capture the Zodiac Killer and a slow-burn reimagining of the Jonestown tragedy.

The Zodiac Killer


dir. Tom Hanson

To contrast with David Fincher’s 2007 masterpiece Zodiac (screening May 27), we present this fast-paced, extremely cheap, and entertaining version of the same story from 1971. The producer-director of this exploitation film was a Northern California pizza restaurateur who set elaborate traps in the lobbies of the theaters where it played hoping to capture the Zodiac Killer. (1971, 87 min, digital)

Preceded by vintage 35mm trailers for Guyana: Cult of the Damned (1979) and Slaughter in San Francisco (1974).


The Sacrament


dir. Ti West

The 1978 massacre of more than nine hundred members of San Francisco’s Peoples Temple shocked the world. Inspired and haunted by this incident, director Ti West tells the story of two Vice journalists who set out to document their friend’s journey to reunite with his estranged sister. They track her to a remote location, where they are welcomed into the world of Eden Parish, a rural utopia overseen by a mysterious leader known only as “Father.” But this paradise may not be what it seems… (2013, 99 min, digital)

Preceded by Peoples Temple home movies.


Ticket Info

Regular Admission: $10

Student, Senior, Teacher: $9
Available in advance at our Box Office or by phone: 415-978-2787.

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The Zodiac Killer

The Sacrament


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA programs are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation.

Additional funding for YBCA programs: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Lead Image: Tom Hanson, The Zodiac Killer (1971); Courtesy Destiny Evans. Ti West, The Sacrament (2013); Courtesy Magnet Releasing.