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Best of Bernal — 9/14/2023

Best of Bernal 

Thursday, September 14, 2023

BRAVA! for Women and the Arts

2781 24th Street
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm

This is an indoor event

The Best of Bernal Season Finale features the four award-winning films and filmmakers of the 2023, 20th Anniversary season. The evening begins with the awards ceremony. The season’s major sponsors will present the awards to the winning filmmakers in these four categories: 

  • Best of Bernal award — is awarded to a local Bernal filmmaker for the best of this year’s submissions by the Submissions & Selection Committee
  • Spirit of Bernal award — is awarded to a non-Bernal filmmaker for the film that best resonates with the sentiment /sensibility (political, social, physical locale) of Bernal Heights by the Submission & Selection Committee.
  • Bernal Bright Star award — is awarded by the Submission & Selection Committee to a member of the future generation of story-tellers with the expectation that the winner will make a significant contribution to the art of film and video in the course of her/his/their filmmaking career.
  • Good Life Audience Favorite award — is awarded by vote of the at-large Outdoor Cinema audience following the conclusion of the season.

Following the filmmakers’ acceptance of their awards, the four films will screen. The evening ends with a party celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema.

20th Anniversary Season Sponsor

Film Lineup

Song from the Third Floor  03:18

Visual poem

Emiko Omori

Homage to my Bernal hood.


Best of Bernal



Steve Agnos & Henry Dombey

Precita Eyes muralistas were hired to paint a six-story mural on the side of an affordable housing apartment complex in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.

Spirit of Bernal

he had wings  29:00


Jeanne Marie Hallacy

A portrait of community artist, Ronnie Goodman and the impact of his creative activism to stand for social justice.


Bernal Bright Star

joss lotuses to grandma  06:15


Stefie Gan

A girl returns to Malaysia after her grandmother’s death. The film explores their bond, the biculturalism of immigration, and the cultural rituals that can help heal grief and the loss of separation.

Good Life Audience 

half return


Matilde Luz Smith

Estranged sisters are confronted by memories of childhood.