HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY: Before the World Wide Web became a topic for dinner time conversation, two women saw a need.
Landmark Moments for Iconoclast Productions
March 19, 1993 Iconoclast Productions is founded in San Francisco. We begin programs at the African American Art and Culture Complex (then called the then called the Center for African and African American Art and Culture) with resident organizations Go Productions and the San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society as our sponsors.
April 1993 Iconoclast Productions starts its video production internship program, working with hand-held cameras at home (we didn’t have a public access show yet) and renting editing equipment at Video Cat, which used straight cut edits and the video toaster.
September 1993 Iconoclast Productions performs its first multidisciplinary art piece, a play including both live music and original video footage on a big-screen display, at the B. Clay Theater. 60 people attend the inaugural performance.
November 1993 Iconoclast Productions receives a start-up grant from Performing Arts Social Society.
November 1993 The first episode of Stagefright, Iconoclast’s Public Access Television Show, is aired in San Francisco.
September 1994 Stagefright begins airing in Dayton, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan and Hollywood, California and Santa Monica, California.
May 1995 Iconoclast’s first website goes up at http://www.iconocla.com
December 1995 First African American Multimedia Conference takes place on Stanyan Street
February 1996 The African American Multimedia Conference moves to February, the President’s Day Weekend. It takes place at the African American Art and Culture Complex (then called the then called the Center for African and African American Art and Culture) is co-produced with resident organizations the with resident organizations Go Productions and the San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society. The Iconoclast Black History Month Film Festival is a part of the festival.
February 1997 The Iconoclast Black History Month Film Festival (now the Iconoclast Black Independent Film Festival) expands to additional venues itself at additional venues and establishes itself as a separate program from the African American Multimedia Conference.
July 1, 1997 First Iconoclast Kids Children’s Summer Video Production Program
1998 The African American Multimedia Conference satellite workshops are established during other calendar months, at schools and libraries, including the BayView Library where Kevin Epps attends and get the resources to start “Straight Outta Hunter’s Point” from guest organizations Film Arts Foundation, BAVC and ITVS.
2000 Iconoclast Headquarters moves from 937 Stanyan Street to the house next door to the library, over at Page Street.
2001 Iconoclast Productions establishes a computer lab in the Nia Room at the African American Art and Culture Complex, with the support of the African American Historical and Cultural Center and computers donated by Glide Memorial Church. The computer lab runs for about two years and contains 10 to 15 computers. It is mostly used afterschool by youth for homework.
2003 Iconoclast moves its operations out of the African American Art and Culture Complex where we started and over to the space on Duboce and Fillmore.