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Best of Bernal


Friday, October 29, 2021

Alemany Market Plaza • 100 Alemany Blvd
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Gates open at 6:00 pm

Entry by registration only,
beginning 10/22

The Best of Bernal Season Finale features the five award-winning films and filmmakers of the 2021 season. The evening begins with a video of the awards ceremony, where the season’s major sponsors present the awards to the winning filmmakers and the filmmakers say a few words about their film and the inspiration for it. Then the audience is treated to a viewing of the five films, which have won the awards in the following 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 — this season we have a tie score!
  • 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.

This is a drive-in event.

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Film Lineup

Best of Bernal

Valerie Soe
Documentary      7:57
In response to the U.S. government’s botched response to the COVID-19 crisis, a group of mostly women of color get to work, sewing masks for people in need in the U.S.

Spirit of Bernal

Megan Shutzer
Documentary      11:57
A portrait of AJ Andrews, a professional softball player and the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove, usually given to professional baseball players.

Spirit of Bernal

Hao Zhou
Experimental Narrative      5:00
A Chinese émigré retreats to frozen prairies, forests and swamps, trying to escape the anxieties of dislocation and find a meaningful story for his queer self-exile.

Bernal Bright Star

Latiece Brown
Dance Documentary      7:56
A brief glimpse into the world of “Turf Dancing” created by street dancers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Good Life Audience Award

To be determined by audience vote and announced by October 11.