The First Angry Man


Roxie Theatre Sun, Feb 2, 2020 12:30 PM
Film Info
Director:Jason Cohn
Film Category:Documentary
Local Filmmaker
Running Time:54 min.


If you ever wondered how the great public ambitions of postwar America collapsed into Reagan era parsimony and the permanent tax revolt, look no farther than Howard Jarvis, whose 1978 ballot initiative, Proposition 13, changed everything in California and beyond. The film unpacks the dramatic campaign, its quirky characters and its enduring consequences.


Featuring lively archival footage and interviews with first- hand witnesses to the events, including Governor Gray Davis, Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz and anti-tax firebrand Grover Norquist, The First Angry Man puts a bracket around the last four decades of American political life, inviting viewers to see our era as an anomaly in American history, at odds with some of our nation’s deepest underpinnings.


Co-Presented with the SF Urban Film Festival with a post-screening panel discussion.



Jason Cohn, Director, The First Angry Man
Camille Servan Schreiber, Producer, The First Angry Man
Megan Abell, Director of Advocacy and Organizing, TechEquity Collaborative
Tenoch Flores, Strategic Communications Consultant, Tenoch Flores Strategies