Friday, September 6
FILM CRAWL ON CORTLAND
400 Cortland Avenue
7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p
Waking Dream is a six-episode series that follows the unfolding fate of six young undocumented people as they fight for legal status in the U.S., struggle with the deportation of family members, and pursue their dreams in a country that is trying harder and harder to push them out.
410 Cortland Avenue
8:00 and 9:00 pm (only)
LIFE IS FARE
Sephora, an idealistic young Eritrean American pitches a well-meaning but ludicrous film idea to her traditional mother about a man who fled their home country and ended up in San Francisco. LIFE IS FARE is a cross-cultural analogy to challenge how patriotism and nationalism are practiced by people of a country, and is inspired by current Eritrean and Ethiopian migration journeys.
KINGMOND YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY
416 Cortland Avenue
7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm
Films produced by BAVC’s Next Gen youth filmmakers
EASTSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER’S OUTREACH PROGRAM
A video clip from a documentary created by a group of teenagers who were looking to investigate the changes happening in their neighborhood of Rochester, NY
BLACK LIVES MATTER
In the summer of 2016, young people demonstrated in front of San Francisco City Hall to further the long-awaited conversation about the racially driven unfair treatment of black people by law enforcement not only in the United States but on a global scale.
ALL FOR YOU
A high school senior works on a college essay and reveals the struggles of trying to become the perfect student.
THE AMERICAN DREAM
A Mexican immigrant reflects about how he fought and decided to come to the United States for a better life. While living in the United States, he comes to his own definition of “the American Dream.”
STORIES MY GRANDMA NEVER TOLD ME
A high school student reminisces about her grandmother.
Factory Summer Social Action Project
The Akuma Project is dedicated to the preservation of threatened languages and the conservation of the diverse linguistic culture which exists globally.
Alexander Blanco, Ashley Guan, Sofia Magana, Endrews Meranes
Coleman Advocates believes that all children and families deserve access to high-quality education, living wage jobs, family-supporting benefits, affordable housing, and a voice in the decisions that affect us.
THE WOMEN’S BUILDING
A look into the Mission District’s landmark, The Women’s Building, its history of women empowerment and social services from its opening in 1979 to today as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Transmission — a community-focused program on Public Access channel 29
A collaboration between the men in the Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP), facilitators in the USF performing arts and Social Justice Department and the Bay Area Video Coalition — SF Stories.
BERNAL BRANCH LIBRARY
500 Cortland Avenue
6:00 pm – Films for All Ages
7:00 pm – Calling all Art-Lovers
8:00 pm – Docu Hour
6:00 pm – FILMS FOR ALL AGES
A short film poem in which a memory leaps from a cup
Out in the desert — just let the man farm.
Sheep are the life of Sergiu, a shepherd at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains in the Transylvania region of Romania.
Fantasy doc 5:42
More than 20 singers create an empowering anthem inspired by singer-songwriter Aoede’s struggle with a rare chronic illness.
VIEWS FROM BERNAL
A reflection on writings by visitors to Bernal Hill, in the context of views from the hill.
Two friends attempt to hatch a hair brained business plan in the middle of winter.
7:00 pm CALLING ALL ART-LOVERS
This exploration of the non-narrative form of artistic collage is more evocative than story-telling.
DO THE MATH
A poetic verse film chronicles the journey of a young Latina as she seeks the American dream.
What is the cost of inaction? Three people wrestle with the question at an opulent cocktail party.
A look at the creative processes of painter Joseph Marioni and his role in bringing new authenticity to Modern painting
8:00 pm DOCU HOUR
BARACOA…THE PEOPLE, THE MUSIC
A testament to the power of music, to the soul of Cuba — rumba, son, yambu — to the drum and the bodies that cannot resist its beat.
LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN
The trailer to “Taiwan Love Boat,” where college-aged Taiwanese Americans get closer to their history, their culture and each other.
ABSENCE OF MEMORY
An 80-year-old woman recalls her life and loss during migration between Brazil and Uruguay.
“Mash-up” chronicling the transformation of the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish community in the Castro from the 1960s to the 1980s.
BERNAL HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER
515 Cortland Avenue
7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm
Six-year old surf prodigy, Quincy’s love of surfing continues to grow.
HER MOVE NEXT
The Girls Team at Chelsea Prep in Manhattan, a top girls’ scholastic chess team in the country endures a critical season.
After Claressa Shields won gold in Olympic boxing in 2012, she is back in Flint, Michigan, at the bottom, training to become the first boxer in history to defend a gold medal.
WOMEN ARE MOUNTAINS
Climbers Mônica Filipini and Danielle Pinto, two Brazilian multi-pitch climber practice the traditionally masculine sport in the quiet countryside of Sao Paolo. (Portuguese w/ English subtitles)
627 Cortland Avenue
7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm
A poetic look into the world of an aging nude figure model.
The wife of a former concert pianist struggles to connect with her Alzheimer’s Disease-stricken husband through his music.Student fictional film.
A loving wife is caregiver for her husband, who has Parkinson’s Disease.
As Joseph and Selina Gonzales approach their 71st wedding anniversary, they reflect on endurance, love and fortitude.
Saturday, September 7
UNDER THE STARS
Precita Avenue at Folsom Street
6:00 pm — Filmmaker + Film-lover Mixer
Architect Mason Kirby Offices
306 Precita Avenue
7:00 pm — Music HOME, funk/rock/blues/jazz band
8:00 pm — Film Screening
A greedy boy refuses to share his beignets with his sister and suffers the consequences in Voodoo City.
The journey of a 1930s traveler is transformed by the power of music traveling from train, to ocean, to space, to under the sea by tuning his radio.
An eerie evocation of San Francisco suffocated by smoke from the Paradise Fire on November 16, 2018.
James Parker Pennington
An artist breaks his leg skateboarding, forcing him to stay inside his home until he heals.
LITERACY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: CULTIVATING YOUTH LEADERS IN SOUTHEAST SAN FRANCISCO
Three environmental youth leaders in Bayview-Hunters Point change the world, starting with their own neighborhood.
iCREATE=MUSIC: JOHN BEAVER
The dance music scene and a battle against cancer — the life of John Beaver, SF Bay Area DJ by night and zookeeper by day.
BERNAL HEIGHTS IN THE SKY
LGBT business owners and their friends look to highlight Cortland Avenue during the 2019 Pride month and celebration.
An encounter between strangers who turn out to be more familiar than they originally seem.
– intermission –
A slow drive in Chinatown yields an unexpected revelation serendipitously captured by a passing camera crew.
A MILLION TIMES BEFORE
Thomas and Casey seem to be reaching the end of the road, but they’ve got a few things to talk over first.
A silent romp in which “Stuart, friend to all” is chased or ambles in slightly speeded-up motion throughout San Francisco’s neighborhoods.
A young woman is on the brink of a mental breakdown, when she has the ultimate confrontation with herself, and she is forced to face the reality of her mental health.
ESTOY PRESENTE / I AM PRESENT
About the isolation and intersectionality found in identifying as a queer Latino through performance art.
TED AND THE AMNESIACS
San Francisco-native Ted and his band the Amnesiacs have been playing in the Mission district for over 10 years.
Saturday, September 14
“Sweet 16” Party, Awards & Retrospective
MISSION CULTURAL CENTER
FOR LATINO ARTS
2868 Mission Street
3:00 pm — Awards presentation and screening of the 2019 award-winning films
4:30 pm — Retrospective look at a selection of “Best” films from 2013 to 2018
5:30 pm — “Sweet 16” Party — All invited
Music by DJ Jim McCartney
A chronicle of the transformation of the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish community in the Castro District from the 1960s to the 1980s.
A young girl living in a religious household gets pregnant and runs away to get an abortion.
JACOB + MALIKA
A Muslim girl moves to the U.S. and falls in love with the boy next door and they attempt to keep their relationship alive in an increasingly hostile culture.
A tech pioneer, facing a deadly illness, finds meaning in music as he prepares for his unexpected
ANGELA WILSON, A BUTCHER’S STORY – 2018 Best of Bernal
A portrait of Angela Wilson, the owner of Avedano’s on Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights.
WHEN RABBIT LEFT THE MOON – 2017 Best of Bernal
Contemporary footage of a journey into a harsh landscape is interspersed as the story of life in the internment camp unfolds through images and excerpts of official documents.
CLOUD RUNNER – 2017 Bright Star – Emerging Filmmaker
A girl living in an arid landscape chases a cloud, or is she being followed by it?
OLIVER’S OPERA – 2016 Audience Favorite
Oliver W. Lowe, Esq. and his associates prepare to see the great tenor, Enrico Caruso, on the eve of disaster.
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED – 2015 Best of Bernal
The artistic journey of a photographer takes him to the back corners of trashy dollar stores and dingy Chinese markets to capture consumerist scenes abounding with cheap plastics and stinking fish
LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO – 2014 Best of Bernal
The concept trailer that Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails produced to submit to Sundance. The rest is history.
CHECKMATE – 2013 Spirit of Bernal
A visual interpretation of a spoken word piece explores the struggle of a student facing the decision to drop out or stay in school.