"Tenderloin Hotel 1991" from the record "III" (2010) by The Size Queens (Director: Chuck Mobley)
Found footage of San Francisco’s hardscrabble, vice-riddled Tenderloin neighborhood frame surveillance video footage shot in SROs (single room occupancy hotels) capturing the SFPD conducting illegal searches and seizures provides a haunting and malevolent visual narrative that underlines the plaintive opening song to The Size Queens' third record. The video progresses in a linear sequence, at night, moving from the streets to inside, as undercover police enter various SROs, seek out rooms to search without warrant, and exit with unsuspecting, handcuffed residents in tow. (San Francisco’s district attorney ultimately overturned the arrests and launched an investigation of the police department’s illegal practices.) Big Brother's birds-eye view of a lively low-rent inner city neighborhood coupled with the apologia of the lyrics renders the agitation that can exist when a surveillance state operates within an unfairly economically disadvantaged system.