Why Watch? Because this is what the past thought of its own future. This silent short is a piece of propaganda filmmaking from 1916 made in response to a bombing that took place during a Preparedness Day Parade (the country was on the cusp of joining WWI).

The opening is an animated message that claims either the giant angel of prosperity will rain money down on the city or a dark, dark cloud of terror will engulf everyone. Then it points the finger of blame for the latter option.

This is followed by images of the parade, and footage that was taken directly after the bombing (which killed 10 and injured 40 in the worst terrorist attack in San Francisco history).

What Will It Cost? Just 6 minutes of your time.

Does it get better any better than that?

Check out San Francisco’s Future for yourself:


Trust us. You have time for more short films.

Hat tip: I found this short while reading through David Mixner’s site

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