The trailer for the documentary First Friday
sets the premise for the film with one succinct yet deeply complex point: “In the same year, Oakland was rated one of the top five destinations in the world and one of the top five most dangerous cities in the country.” That “destination” label famously came from a 2012 New York Times listicle, which was written at a time when Oakland was first drawing national attention for its booming First Friday block party and gallery walk. Now, co-directors N’Jeri Eaton and Mario Furloni are using the monthly festival as a microcosm of Oakland’s long-emerging culture clash and issues of gentrification in their new film. In part, it centers on the fatal shooting of a teenager at the February First Friday in 2013. Although that was over two years ago, the discussions boiling out of this film have only become increasingly relevant with time. First Friday
will screen at the New Parkway (474 24th St., Oakland) on November 6, at 8:20 p.m. Afterwards, Eaton and Furloni will discuss the film in a Q&A session.