The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center presents an exclusive premiere of Cinematic SF, a new film project documenting the stories of San Francisco’s diverse residents. From the struggles of working artists to the daily goings-on of a vital community center, each film paints a portrait of the city’s underrepresented communities. Join our presentation of these relevant and timely films, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.
Cinematic SF is funded by California Arts Council, Grants for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and San Francisco Arts Commission.
Co-presented by: Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
In This Program
Kevin Wong and Todd SillsAfter 25 years as a caregiver, Gayle came to San Francisco to reignite her dream of making it as a Jazz singer. Now in her 60's, she lives in an SRO hotel at the edge of Nob Hill and the Tenderloin and is finally starting to get some regular gigs around the city.
Abhi Singh / Special PresentationsNo Vacancy explores the struggles of San Francisco artists as they contend with exorbitant rent prices, developers looking to convert art spaces into luxury condos and a city that isn’t paying attention to them. All the artists in the film face the prospect of being priced out of San Francisco in the near future. These artists are the cultural fabric of a city that doesn’t have room for them anymore.
Jimmy Zhang / Special PresentationsTwo youth from the Southeast parts of San Francisco’s —a fourth grader grows up in an unstable household and a senior in high school thrives from the legacy of her grandma, a long time resident of Bayview Hunter’s Point. Through their grandmother’s legacies’ and ultimately distant blessings, two San Francisco youth walk confidently in their soles.
R.J. LozadaThe Bayanihan Community Center has been a hub of vitality for the Filipino American community. This unassuming space on Sixth and Mission holds space for a myriad of community groups and organizations that gather under the spirits of community, history, and growth. This short documentary is equal parts observational and experimentation and a very small peek into a window of home for so many.