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Film Crawl on Cortland 2023

We return with the beloved Film Crawl on Cortland — six pop-up screenings held in cafes, art and photography studios and the neighborhood’s library located along the Cortland commercial corridor. This season we are pleased to feature the curated films of co-presenters Cine+Mas, SF Latino Film Festival; the San Francisco Black Film Festival; Citizen Film; San Francisco Queer Film Festival and BAVC Media. 

Each 45-minute program of films screens at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm.

The line-up is unfolding. More details to follow.  

Inclusions Gallery
627 Cortland Ave

Films presented by

A selection of films from the  SMALL BITES program of the 3rd Annual San Francisco Queer Film Festival, August 25 – 27

Median   15:00


Matthew Riutta

A gay activist rallies the queer community after he and a trans activist are assaulted by a group of religious extremists.

Shikata ga Nai (it cannot be helped)   12:00


Kevin Kodama

A fantasy romance set in the ruins of a Japanese American internment camp where a young couple attempts to reconcile their relationship as ghosts.

I identify as Me   11:00


Tina Colleen & Monick Monell

I Identify as Me is a character-driven experimental short film that highlights Trans, gender-diverse people and masculine-presenting women who are Black and Brown.

SAFE   09:00


Leo Adef

Portraits of five personalities from the Berlin ballroom community who share their stories and values while exploring the ideas of beauty, dance and gender

Bernal Branch Library 500 Cortland Ave

Films presented by

NOTE: This program will screen at 7:00 and 8:00 pm, only

The Jerk   06:19


Otto Danielson

A high schooler running for student council who no one wants to vote for and his bizzare campaign.

How to Catch the wind   06:49


Vanessa Smith

Capturing the spirit of the wind

what goes in water 05:50


Nivrith Raman, Calvin Iverson, Patrick Holden, Deepak Iyar, Zoe Ivan

An investigation into how water pollution destroys our fragile ecosystems.

another man’s trash   03:59


Ellie Wong, Atticus Hansen, Ryan Njuguna, Noor Hamid, Ivana Carroll

As litter fills up our streets, we examine the beauty and reality of San Francisco.

Voices From Camp Reel Stories  05:46


Clay Go, Hanh Chu, Rosie

A behind the scenes look at a filmmaking summer camp that empowers girls and gender expansive youth.

Plumbum Nitorem 02:50


Katie McNab, Lila Welch, Naomi Scheele, Olivia Westervelt

Two recently unemployed friends find a flyer for a wonderful job offer, however there’s only one spot left.

Feel Uncomfortable   05:00


Alma Barreda Kaplan, Zofia Wang, Melina Begin, Jay Joyce, Soledad Rodriguez

A long uncomfortable elevator ride leaves Tim the Trash Man in a state of utter panic and disarray.

Burn  04:13


Penelope Malley-Porter, Mila Terry-Koon, Ámela Amago, Kaya Baker

A wealthy teen learns the true intentions behind her father’s paper company and attempts revenge.

“entertain”  03:57

Music Video

Xiarel Guillermo-Cortes, Jasmine Bouyer, Dorothy Perillo-Dutton

A live performance of the song “Entertain” by local experimental hip hop duo Lil Shlurp Shlurp.

Bernal Star Restaurant 410 Cortland Ave

Films presented by

Feel the music, celebrate local heroes, and share the trials of parenthood.  These local films are lovingly made by filmmakers with roots in Bolivia, France and Mexico. Their cultural awareness and appreciation is woven into the work they produce.

La Macana   10:00


Maria Eugenia Mealla

Recently divorced Carmen and Franco work through their fervent relationship to support their daughter Sol when she gets her period for the first time.

The Mission   18:00


Hélène Goupil

When COVID hit, longtime activist Valerie Tulier-Laiwa knew her neighborhood would be greatly affected. Her personal story isn’t just what brought her here, it’s what keeps her going

Souleros   18:00


Jesus Cruz

Soulero is a slang term used to describe soul record collectors primarily from the Mexican-American/Chicano community. Meet a group of Northern California record collectors committed to keeping the legacy of many underground soul artists alive.

Progressive Grounds Cafe´ 400 Cortland Ave

Films presented by

Our mission is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films – from emerging and established filmmakers.

blackness is everything   4:36


Alba Roland Mejia

A performative short film that celebrates the diversity of the Black diaspora in the Bay Area.

The Block   24:58

Comedy/Mixed Media

Mimi Chakarova

Inventively funny, absurd and surprising, this film redefines what it means to coexist in a perpetually changing neighborhood.

Reggie and June   12:51


Brandon Thomas

A young couple raising a 3-year-old toddler struggle to be sensitive to each other’s cultural traditions and experiences.

SEMCO Engineering 322 Cortland Ave

Films presented by

Black Entrepreneurship and Black Culture have been at the heart of San Francisco’s origin story: from music to food, from veterans to builders and artists. Explore stories from the hillsides of Bernal Heights and beyond where Citizen Film has been collaborating with community partners to share these stories. 

Ian James Made  05:00 


Sadiq Norris

The Two Eighty Project  07:00 


Sophie Constantinou

Vets Alley  04:00


Caron Creighton

Harlem of the West: then and now  15:00


Sophie Constantinou

Sarah Zemunski Photography 307 Cortland Ave

Films presented by

FOR ALL AGES — 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Half Return  07:53 


Matilde Luz Smith

Estranged sisters are confronted by memories of childhood.

A Trace   05:24


Julietta Zamora Lam

A young girl learns to shed her guilt about her absent father. This student shortfilm features an experimental flat character in a 3D environment with a toony rendered look.

Without You  04:24

Music Video

Samantha Berlanga

Sophia Yau-Week performs her song “Without You.”

The Freeway  Greenway  07:10


Maura Cotter & David Waldorf

In the Portola District of San Francisco, community members transform a blighted area next to the CA-101 freeway.

Looking Glass  03:08


Calixta Lehman

A woman on her way home comes upon a discarded mirror. 

The Tenderloin Through My Eyes  04:24


Humera Shaikh

A personal reflection and narrative about the Tenderloin Neighborhood of San Francisco.

There Alone  08:38


Erin Malley

What happens to us in the moments of our lives when we go in one direction instead of another? 


Sail Away  07:12


Diana Hartman

A disenchanted hatter receives a curious and inspiring visitor.

A suit we wear  13:32


Meera Joshi

Anika is about to go on the date of her dreams when she is caught off guard by an unexpected visit from her mother.

Irreversible Imprints  05:41


Carlos Manuel Mora

Aurora accompanies her parents to the Castello Ursino museum in Catania, Sicily,  but quickly finds their bickering too much.

It’s Jesus!  09:11


JD Boxley

A film crew visits Jesus at his new home in Los Angeles!

A Certain Personality  08:59


Gaby Scott

A story of four Northern Californian surfers who all share a wildness and passion for the bigger days at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.