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Best of Bernal — 9/16/2022

Best of Bernal 

Friday, September 16, 2021

Bernal Heights Park
3450 Folsom Street
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Gates open at 6:00 pm

Come prepared for cool temps. Bring low-backed chairs, blankets and picnics. Limited parking. Walk or take public transit.

This is an outdoor event.

The Best of Bernal Season Finale features the four award-winning films and filmmakers of the 2022 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 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.
  • 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.
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Film Lineup


Lost Souls of Limbo   03:50


Madisyn Montoya

The story of Limbo, the place between heaven and hell, read from a magical storybook. Though a dark entity is unhappy about its secrets being spilled and is trying to corrupt the message.

Love Returning   07:21

Music Video/Documentary

Turki Al-Rwaita

A documentary of the collaboration between Ali Alharki, a Syrian refugee living in Germany, who composed this music and musicians in the Bay Area.

Parental guidance: Some material may be disturbing to young children; scenes of warfare.


Best of Bernal

When Mama & Me Lived Outside: One Family’s Journey Through Homelessness  08:11


Peter Menchini

Tiny and her mama Dee co-founded a poor and indigenous people led movement called POOR magazine/PrensaPobre while they were still struggling with homelessness and poverty. This is their story.

Watch the award presentation and acceptance.

Spirit of Bernal

Game Hawker  25:25


Brett Marty and Josh Izenberg 

A game hawker finds his place in nature through his work with the raptors who he trains, and who, turn, teach him what the wild has to offer.

Watch the award presentation and acceptance.

Bernal Bright Star

Adelita  08:29


Fernanda Gutierrez

Sisters, Camila and Valentina, are recruited by their aunt to join the Mexican Revolution as soldaderas (a.k.a. female soldiers. When sent in search of an escaped chicken, they discover important truths about their relationship.

Watch the award presentation and acceptance.

Good Life Audience Award

Paul Panish: Poem on My Eighty-Seventh Birthday   08:22


Dan Goldes

Oakland poet Paul Panish ruminates on the nature of creativity, on his life, and on the somewhat surprising act of turning 87, which he has, naturally, turned into a poem.

Watch the award presentation and acceptance.