Bernal Heights Filmmakers & Artists
Directory of film/video artists living, working or
Co-Director, California Newsreel
Creator and Exec. Producer: The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation(3 hours, 2015)
Creator and Exec. Producer: Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?(4 hours, 2008)
Creator and Exec. Producer: Race-The Power of an Illusion(3 hours, 2003)
Producer, Director or Co-Producer: The Road to Brown(56’, 1990); Collision Course (47’, 1988); The Business of America… (46’, 1984); Controlling Interest(45’, 1978)
Producer/Director/ Writer/Cameraman/Editor/ Teacher
His work was twice nominated for Oscars: FOREVER ACTIVISTS (Judith Montell) and LAS MADRES DE LA PLAZA DE MAYO (Susana Muñoz and Lourdes Portillo). Some of the other notable feature documentaries Yasha edited include: THE VANISHING LINE (Maren Monsen); EL DORADO (Frank Green); WAYFINDERS (Gail Evenari); WE LOVE YOU LIKE A ROCK (Ashley James); HAWAII: PARADISE IN PERIL (Sharon Austin); RENAISSANCE: THE DISSENTER (Bill Jersey); THE ROAD TO BROWN (William Elwood); WESTWARD TO CHINA (James Culp); CARVED IN SILENCE (Felicia Lowe); COWBOY POETS (Kim Stanley) THE HERO S JOURNEY: THE WORLD OF JOSEPH CAMPBELL (William Free); OUTSIDER (Betsy Bayha) and GRANNY D GOES TO WASHINGTON (Alidra Solday).
ANIMACRACKERS Mark West & Barbara Bayne
Barbara Bayne: (animation direction; character design; animation; story; layout; storyboards; writer) Barbara has worked in traditional as well as digital animation for film, TV and the internet.
Mark West: (art direction; animation; layout; backgrounds; storyboards; concept art; voice actor) Mark has worked in traditional as well as digital and 3D animation for film, TV and the internet.
Our recent projects include 2 animated storybooks, “The Little Red Hen” and “Chicken Little”, available through the iTunes book store. Please see our work at the AnimaCrackers YouTube Channel and in the iTunes Store. We live in, work in, and love Bernal Heights.
I’ve had a turning point in my career, from Industrial Psychologist to Filmmaker. I was born in Argentina to an Italian family, and my adventurous spirit led me to travel around, and to live as a young adult in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, then in Barcelona, Spain, and then in San Francisco, CA, where I have gained a certificate on “Video Production and Editing” and I’m currently finishing my studies on Cinema Production. I have directed several short films, worked in other filmmaker’s pieces, produced and directed a web series dedicated to English speakers studying Spanish, and made animated shorts too.
Benjamin Bac Sierra
Ben was raised by the Bernal Heights and Mission District streets. After serving honorably in the USMC, Ben completed a B.A., a teaching credential, an M.A., and a Juris Doctor degree. Currently, he is a professor at CCSF and a community innovator. Ben’s writing has been published in newspapers and magazines, including World Literature Today. His first novel Barrio Bushido was presented a Best of the Bay and International Latino Book Award. In 2016, U.C. Hastings La Raza Students Association honored him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. “Lowrider Lawyers: Putting a City on Trial” is his first film.
Bay Area Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT)
BAYCAT produces “Zoom In,” a half hour series that airs on Access SF, channel 29. Students, ages 9–15, develop the concept, shoot the video, conduct the interviews, create the animation and compile the music for each of the segments. By participating in classes taught by working filmmakers titled “Art of Animation,” “My TV,” and “First Movie/First Audio,” students with no previous experience with film or video produced the insightful Why Violence?
Graduated from the Academy of Art in 1990 with a degree in Photography. Interestingly, video production is where she ended up. She has worked for the City of Fairfield for over 10 years where she shoots and edits video productions. Mary is proud to be a Native Northern Californian, and happy to call her beloved Bernal Heights home.
Producer/Director/Video-Editor/Cameraman /Carpenter/Bartender/businessman/student-of-the-world. Garden of Friendship. After receiving an M.A. from SF State, Eric took a hiatus from the video production field to save a little money for travel and other explorations. He hopes to combine his passion for travel and learning with documentary work and is seeking other media artists to collaborate on a documentary about the art of the Burning Man Festival.
Shoe Biz, Narrative, 16mm 25 min.
Festivals/Awards:Breckenridge, Haifa, Bronze City, Los Angeles Film Fest, Edinburgh International, Manheim, Amiens, Worldfest Houston, Malta, Suffolk County, Joey Awards, Wine Country Film Festival
Writer/Director Caroline Blair is a Bay Area filmmaker and teacher. Her three narrative short films, Urban Steal(1990) and The Day I Shot President Kennedy(1995), and The Queen of Beechwood Drive(2009), have appeared in over 30 film festivals nationally and internationally and earned 10 awards. The Queen of Beechwood Drive won “Best of Bernal” in the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema festival in 2010. Caroline has also served as Master of Ceremonies for BHOC’s Best of Bernal evenings in recent years. She currently teaches filmmaking at City College of San Francisco. Carolineblairfilms@vimeo.com
I am a native San Fransisco filmmaker. I have lived in Bernal Heights my entire life. I have been making movies since the age of 12. This movie — Soft Targets — is my first animation. We made it over the course of 7 months.
Bajo California (1999)
Like Water for Chocolate
Originally from North Carolina, Olivia’s films treat subjects ranging from public restrooms in San Francisco to organic farming in Italy to affordable housing in the Bay Area. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Documentary Film at Stanford University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Davidson College, where she also spent a year working as an animator and graphic artist. Additionally, Olivia has worked in narrative ﬁlm, commercial and nonproﬁt organizations, and distribution. She believes that documentary ﬁlm provides a unique way to examine society through different perspectives, and hopes that her ﬁlms will bring awareness to those perspectives.
Born in Thailand, Samati is a filmmaker currently living in San Francisco. He has an extensive background in animation and visual effects. Samati is currently directing his first Sci-fi feature film. He enjoys photography, running and bicycling, as well as playing underwater hockey.
Mixed Media Pictorial Artist
Producer/Director: Two of a Kind (2002)
Also works in video, photography and printmaking.
Bryan Boyce / Adrianne Finelli / Jackie Jones
Bryan Boyce & Adrianne Finelli are Bay Area-based artists whose films have screened at venues around the world. Jackie Jones is a musician and longtime Bernal Heights resident who delighted crowds for years with her performances at the Alemany Farmers Market.
Bernal resident, Mark Brecke is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer, whose work documents the stories of people victimized by war, ethnic conflict, and genocide. Since (1995) he has covered some of the most troubled regions of the world. Mark’s work has been exhibited at a wide variety of venues, ranging from micro-cinemas to the Toronto International Film Festival and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. His work has also been featured on CNN, National Geographic, NPR and Democracy Now!. His photographs are in the collections of the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and the Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia in Mexico City. Recently, Mark was based in Kenya developing a new film in Somalia. He lives in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco with his wife and daughter.
Dianne Brennan is a multimedia artist and educator who most recently lived in San Francisco. Her goal as an artist to create work that remembers and honors people, moments, and places, recording a subjective shared history. Her latest documentary, Senior Getaway, which focuses on an overnight camp for those aged “55 and better,” was screened at the Lid Off Film Festival in Lucas, KS and at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts. Her work has been performed/shown at The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Jon Sims Center for the Arts, Artists Television Access, 111 Minna, Counterpulse and SF Cameraworks. In 2000 Dianne won the New Mexico Discovery Award from Recursos De Santa Fe for her poetry.
Ethan Bresnick is a 16-year-old film director from San Francisco. He attends high school at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts in the Media Arts department.
Angi Brzycki was born in Milwaukee but moved to New Jersey in high school. She moved to LA after graduating college. Angi was a resident of Bernal Heights (above Avedano’s on Cortland Ave.) when this short — Untitled — was made. She has since relocated to Los Angeles for a librarian job with the city. Currently, her art is leaning toward social practice. She is also working on a novel. The goal of the book is to be transformative. Angi is struggling with the transformative part.
Producer/Director: Suckerfish; Urbana; “Aquamorpheus”
Filmmaker and freelance photographer; producer of short experimental films
Dennis has been writing short comedies for over 50 years: screenplays, stage-plays, sketches, songs, short stories and TALL tales—-with a couple of musicals thrown in for good measure. He has worked as a professional singer-guitarist, stand-up comic, clown, and storyteller.
Academy Award®-winning documentary filmmaker
Senior producer at “Women’s Educational Media” Co-creator of The Respect for All Project Director/producer: One Wedding and a Revolution (2004); Let’s Get Real (2003); That’s a Family! (2000); It’s Elementary—Talking About Gay Issues in School (1996); Deadly Deception—General Electric, Nuclear Weapons & Our Environment (1991); Homes & Hands—Community Land Trusts in Action (1998; co-director); Wired for What? (1999); Choosing Children (1984)
Irina Chernikova enjoys the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema every year. She began her creative journey with photography, but quickly got inspired to try cinema. After filming her cats in a relaxed home environment, stories began to take form, which resulted in a short film “Catsistential Crisis.” This film was part of her class project at San Francisco Community College and won the City Shorts Film Festival for Cinematography and Lighting. She continues to take cinema classes and pursues her passion in both video and photography.
As co-director of Women’s Educational Media (now Groundspark), Helen Cohen co-created and served as executive producer for the Respect for All Project, a program that produces films, curriculum guides, and training resources to help prevent prejudice among young people. Before moving to Glen Park, she lived in Bernal Heights where she still walks her dog on the hill.
Promises: Regret to Inform; Freedom Machines; Paragraph 145
Cole has specialized in the strategic distribution and production of social issue films for over 20 years and is a frequent consultant and advisor to filmmakers, media arts groups and foundations.
Co-founder of Citizen Film, creates documentaries at the intersection of storytelling and community engagement. She is currently collaborating with low-income San Francisco residents on a documentary series about the brutalists history of the Western Addition, law enforcement’s role in communities of color and violence prevention. Her cinematography credits include Sundance favorite The Royal Road, HBO’s Regarding Susan Sontag, and KQED’s Presumed Guilty.
Shelley Cook-Contreras is a gifted camerawoman and an internationally exhibited interdisciplinary artist, producing films, performances and installation artworks. About her work she states, “I approach documentary filmmaking as cultural activism. The form and content of my personal artwork evolves from collaborative interaction with community…I think of these works as ‘activators,’ providing the spark of seeing to the flame of questioning our culture and society.”
Producer/Director: Bubble: Isolation and Redemption in the Urban Ocean.
Marque Cornblatt has a diploma in theater technology from the Baltimore School of the Arts ad a BFA in film from NYU. He has written, produced, directed and perfomed in several short films and is currently developing a cell phone feature. Cornblatt’s robots and sculptures have been exhibited at the SFMOMA, San Jose Museum of Art and at galleries throughout the US. Most recently, he has been gaining popularity as Waterboy, the scuba-diving oracle of the annual Burning Man Fesitval in Nevada.
Quality custom programs produced, written and directed. Solid experience, since 1985, in Docs, VNR’s, Spots, Marketing Videos and Safety Training. Clients include healthcare, educational institutions, financial institutions, hospitality industry, PR and marketing agencies.
Chip Curry has made close to 100 videos about musical activities and performers. His documentary “American Folk Dancing” was voted Best Bay Area Educational Film in 2013 by CreaTV. He was funded by the California Council for Humanities to produce “Croatian Stories” a film highlighting Croatian music and dance. Chip is an acoustic musician specializing in swing and bluegrass music. He plays guitar, banjo and fiddle, and performs over 200 shows per year.
Audrey Ray Daniel
Audrey began shooting videos of art in L.A. in 1984, inspired to become an art dealer (pre internet) to market art via videotapes. Realizing that videos of art were not as interesting as documenting the artists and their creative process she changed her tact. Her first video followed a group of Italian Artists from the “Arte Povera,” brought to L.A. by the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. Working closely with Rachel Rosenthal, widely recognized as the mother of performance art, Audrey began documenting the performance art scene. In the 90s, Audrey dedicated herself to producing fine art & commercial photography. In 1998 she sold her Hasselblad, bought a new video camera and has since produced “Centers of Creativity,” “Kurt Stoeckel Artist,” “Paul Dahlquist Photographer,” “Owls of Bernal Hill” and “Rumi Tsuda: A Colony of One.” She also has a streaming web tv show, culture connect.tv, where she interviews artists, filmmakers, writers, poets and musicians. No time to waste sharing the brilliance and inspiration of others to the world! Audrey lives in Bernal.www.araystudio.com
Point of View Productions Writer/Producer/Director/
Voices of Dissent: Activism & American Democracy; Water Baby: Experiences of Water Birth; Well & Strong: A True Story; Wake Up!: The Hazards of Radioactive Waste Dumping; Making a Difference: An Appeal to Congressional Leaders to Save Our Rainforests. Special interest in programs about health and wellness, ecology and the environment, sustainable business and social responsibility, peace, anti-nuclear issues, international topics, social justice, the arts, empowerment, and subjects of special importance to women.
Independent Filmmaker: Experimental Live Action & Animation.
Nara approaches motion picture with a measured direction, which aims to paint each frame as a freestanding work of art. She constructs her own sets and costumes and infuses her signature on every aspect of her work, which results in an uncompromised, original vision. Nara began as a visual artist and became intimate with the use of symbols in her work. She treats motion picture in the same way, regarding each shot as a fully realized moving painting.
A Bay Area-based independent filmmaker, Derek has made three short films as part of the filmmaking co-cop Scary Cow Productions, and is currently working on his first feature-length project. “Guillaume; or, The Chauffeur,” features an actor, Skyler Schain, who lives in Bernal Heights. A few of the film’s cityscape shots were also captured from Bernal Heights Park.
Dan is a professional portrait photographer specializing in comedians and musicians. He has published three books of his photography, exhibits internationally, and was the house photographer for The Fillmore for twenty years.
The Rise and fall of Jim Crow
Kist Bits if /sybdab (2003)
Xtreme: Sports to Die For
Cowboy Poets (1988)
Assistant Camera: Crumb (1994)
Andrew Linda & Angela Gamburg
Seasoned producer of corporate, broadcast, and independent programs. Creative concepts, camerawork, and editing, or full script-to-screen service, including CD-Rom and DVD authoring and video compression for the Web. Over 20 years of international experience.
Commercial and documentary editor, in the Bay Area since 1985. Todd edited A Happy Coyote that screened at BH Outdoor Cinema in 2017.
The Black Rock
Straight Outta Hunters Point
Raised in Los Angeles, Brian worked in the entertainment industry, primarily on sitcoms and tabloid television programs for fifteen years as a production assistant, camera operator, floor director and assistant director. A move to San Francisco in 1995, Brian continued this work, including directing live and live-to-tape programming at TechTV, until its demise in 2001. Realizing a dream of becoming a teacher, Brian acquired California, Illinois and Washington state teaching credentials, leading to a stint in the Peace Corps as an elementary school teacher and community organizer focusing on teen youth job development in radio and television in the Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific. After service, he shot his first documentary now in post-production. Continuing work as a special-needs and general education teacher, Brian also produces promotional videos as well as a TV pilot about wine and food pairing while currently a graduate student in the School of Film and teaching in the Broadcast Electronics and Communications Arts (BECA) program at San Francisco State University.
Ilena Ferrer and Michelle Prevost have been collaborating as filmmakers since 2010 when they met through the Scary Cow film incubator in San Francisco. Since then, they have teamed as Reel Freedom Films to Write/Direct/Produce nine short films, winning Audience, Members, and Visual Effects Awards. Their steampunk short, “Pressure” has been shown internationally, including at the 2015 Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Festival.
Ms. Ferrer and Ms. Prevost are committed to the development and production of films featuring women in lead roles, with an additional focus on LGBT themes and local socio-political issues.
Producer, SAN FRANCISCO EXPOSITION ORGAN. Vic Ferrer is a San Francisco based corporate communications and documentary producer. He is currently producing a documentary about America’s historic pipe organs and why they should be considered works-of-art worthy of preservation.
Pat Ferrero is an independent filmmaker whose work as a producer/director includes Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World, Hearts & Hands and Quilts in Women’s Lives. These films have won numerous awards, have been screened nationally on cable and PBS, and have been exhibited at national festivals including Sundance, New York Film Festival, National Educational Film and Video Festival, the Hawaii and San Francisco International Film Festivals, as well as international festivals in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Ferrero also teaches film production in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University.
Jeanne C. Finley
Writer, Director,Editor/Professor of Media Studies at the California College of Arts and Crafts
Language Lessons (2002); The Trial of Harmony and Invention, (2000); The Adventures of Blacky, (1999); O Night Without Objects, (1998)
Chris Fiorentini is a filmmaker and teacher interested in the aesthetic evolution of the moving image and upsetting convention in favor of discovery and truth. I’m a Bay Area native with family that lives in Bernal Heights.
Producer/Director: Paulina (1998), SKIN-ES-THE-SI-A
Co-director/Editor: LIVE NUDE GIRLS UNITE!
Work focuses on the lives of women and workers and explores questions of cultural and gender identity
Gregory Gavin, artist, inventor and educator, has designed site-specific art installations for schools, museums, neighborhoods and public places since 1991. Gavin founded Riveropolis, a public art, design and education company in 2005, which has become his main professional concern. Two decades ago, while serving as artist-in-residence at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and developing a community art space in the nearby neighborhood of Portola, Gavin invited his young carpentry students to star along with their own home made soap box cars in BERNALTOWN, a narrative video set in a fantastic, idealized and comedic version of their own neighborhood.
BFA San Francisco Art Institute
Photographer/Editor for KDTV 14 Univision
Jose has been involved in videos and films projects in the Bay Area, also short stories for TV/News. His films have screened several times over the years at Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema. He is currently writing his first feature film.
Abby Ginzberg, is a Peabody award-winning director and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker who has been producing award-winning documentaries about race and social justice for over 30 years. She is the co-producer and co-director of Agents of Change, which screened at “Face-to-Face with the Filmmaker” in 2017, as well as numerous other documentaries that have aired on public television and been screened at film festivals. She is the President of the Berkeley Film Foundation, which has awarded over $1 million in grants to documentary filmmakers; is on the Boards of the Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley Law School, The Impact Fund and the Yale Law School Visual Advocacy Project. She was selected as a Gerbode Foundation Fellow in 2008.
Dan is a San Francisco (Glen Park) filmmaker. His previous film, “Equal Justice Under Law,” made its world premiere at Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema in 2015 before going on to play 18 other festivals around the world. Dan’s first film, “ub2”, played at 36 U.S. and international film festivals. He is currently at work on “5 Blocks”, a long-form documentary about a San Francisco neighborhood undergoing its most dramatic change in 50 years. Dan is in the incubator program at SF’s Ninth Street Independent Film Center and has served on the screening committees for the SF Green Film Festival and the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.
A native San Francisco resident who lives in the Mission District, Tina is a musician, artist, filmmaker. Projects include drummer in the bands AC/DShe and Lost Goat, The Rambler (a one-day mobile stage showcasing 40 bands/musicians on 9.22.2015 around SF). Her documentary, Joani: Queen of the Paradiddle, won the “Best of Bernal” award in 2016.
Samantha is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and educator. Through her company GUSH productions Sam has created work for PBS, CNN, ABC, MTV, NPR, ITVS, POV, PRI, FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/World, and Al Jazeera International about everything from the black market trade in human kidneys in India to the resurgence of the American Hand Crafting movement. Her first feature PBS documentary, A Fragile Trust,tells the story of the Jayson Blair / New York Times plagiarism scandal. A Fragile Trustscreened at festivals around the world, had a theatrical release, and a national PBS Broadcast on the award-winning series Independent Lens. Sam also created the companion journalism game Decisions on Deadlineto help educators teach journalism ethics. Sam’s second feature documentary, Daughters of the Forest,about a radical girls school in the ancient forests of Paraguay, toured the international film festival circuit and premiered nationally on PBS’s Global Voices while also broadcasting in Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Malawi, El Salvador, Colombia, Peru, Jordan and Egypt . Currently, Sam is Producing a new doc called Survivors (Dir. Arthur Pratt, Banker White, Anna Fitch) and a companion Oral History/Video Database WeSurvive, about the 2014 Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. Survivors will have its National PBS Broadcast as part of the celebrated PBS series POV in the fall of 2018. Sam has received several awards and honors for her work including a National Press Club Award, the National Ethics Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, a Yale Poynter Fellowship, and a BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship. When she’s not Directing, Shooting, or Editing documentaries, you can find Sam moonlighting as a keynote speaker at conferences and universities around the world, or lecturing at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism where she’s been teaching since 2007
Melanie Graysmith is a Bay Area writer, artist and educator with a passion for everything creative. She enjoys writing short stories and poetry and taking classes in cinema and broadcasting, and is also involved with Bay Area independent film making. As a freelance writer she writes on a variety of topics, including higher education, art and culture, entertainment, and business issues.
Mohammad is an Iranian-American filmmaker. In 2014, his near future drama “REFUGE” earned him a place on Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film and screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and SXSW. His works have earned 4 Webby Awards, 6 Vimeo Staff Selections, and have been featured by outlets such as VICE, The Atlantic, and The Guardian. He is also a 2x recipient of the KRF Filmmaking Grant from the San Francisco Film Society for his feature film in development.
Producer/Director: Great Highway : Journey to the Soul of Bay Area Surfing (2006) — Documentary on the history of surfing from San Francisco’s Ocean Beach to Maverick’s. Producer/Director: The NorCal Project (2005) – Surf movie shot in Pacifica, Santa Barbara, Indonesia and more. Producer: Zero Tolerance (1990) – Documentary about George Bush’s war on drugs and the erosion of personal rights.
Jeanne Marie Hallacy
Filmmaker and human rights activist, Jeanne’s films have served as agents of change for human rights groups, university students and policy makers in Burma and Thailand. Jeanne has lived in Thailand over a 24-year span, and has produced a number of documentaries exposing and discussing social justice issues in Southeast Asia. In addition, Jeanne is the director of InSIGHT OUT!, a photo storytelling project that teaches children in conflict and disaster areas to share their experiences through visual media. Her recent film, This Kind of Love, screened at Face-to-“Face with the Filmmaker” in 2016.
The director of Miss Finknagle Succumbs to Chaos (BHOC 2015), Amy is an award-winning filmmaker of short scripted and unscripted films and videos. She is passionate about socially relevant storytelling, featuring strong female protagonists and underrepresented communities. Her previous work has won festival awards, and has screened at such venues as New York’s Film Forum, London’s BBC Short Film Festival, Slamdance, Museum of Modern Art, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and more.
Jessi has produced several forms of art from film, to games, writing and more. She has worked for many creative companies large and small, and has taught workshops and given talks about the art of storytelling in tech. She’s the founder of Justastic Creative Studio, and continues to contribute to the entertainment industry with passion and piles of enthusiasm.
Director& Editor: The Threshold (1996); The Visit (1998); Into The Wind
Co-director/Editor: Unsettled (1994);
A Bay Area filmmaker, freelance video editor and teacher. Marc is currently directing his first feature film.
Harriet Anderson Heinrich
Writer, Director: Hardwood
Actor/Producer: Gate of Souls
Producer: The back up
Co-founder of Lightning 2SOH Films. Active member Young Performer Theatre
BR. No. 51-91 (2004)
Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
Co-Producers/Directors — tell stories that bring to life issues of criminal justice and civic responsibility.
They blend animation and documentary forms to challenge attitudes and move beyond dehumanizing statistics, engendering empathy and critical reflection. Their collaborative film and media projects have been exhibited and screened in Europe, Israel, Japan and the U.S. in museums and international festivals. LAST DAY OF FREEDOM, their first documentary film, has won numerous awards. Dee is an Associate Professor of Art & New Media at the University of California Santa Cruz. Nomi is a freelance editor and media specialist. Their collaborative film and media projects have been exhibited and screened in Europe, Israel, Japan and the U.S. in museums and international festivals. LAST DAY OF FREEDOM screened at “Face-to-Face with the Filmmaker” in 2016.
Film and Video Maker/Audio Artist
Familiar (1998/2002); Hack (1999); Flow (2001); 7 Silent Sketches (2001); Wave/Wake (2002); Momentum (2003); Transit (2004); Slow Force Glimpse (2004)
Supervising Sound Editor: The Emperor’s Club (2002); The Ring (2002); The Mexican (2001); Monkeybone (2001); Liberty Heights (1999),
Sound Effects Editor: Gardens of Stone (1987); The Godfather Part III (1990); Tucker: the Man & His Dream (1988)
Supervising Sound Editor: K-19: The Widowmaker(2002); Autumn in New York(2000); Sound Editor: The Talented Mr. Ripley(1999); Associate Editor, Supervising Sound Editor: The English Patient(1996)
Amir has been Directing, Filming, Editing since 2005 and has worked on projects ranging from documentaries, features, short films, music videos, branding videos, web-series and a 15 episode drama series, which is currently streaming on Amazon. Besides working on his projects, he has worked with several Bay Area Directors and Producers as Director of Photography and Editor. With a Bachelor’s in International Relations and a passion for filmmaking, Amir believes in telling stories that are meaningful and that make people think. In 2015 Amir’s two short documentaries screened at the Bernal Heights Outdoors Cinema, and one of them: All Things Considered won the Best of Bernal Award.
Jazmin Jamias graduated from SFSU with a degree in Cinema with an emphasis in fictional filmmaking. Her short documentary won the “Good Life Audience Award” in 2013. In 2015, Jazmin returned to BHOC with the comedic short, I Hate the Color Red, and once again, won the “Good Life Audience Award.”
Tony Jonick was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i and raised in the Fiji Islands, and Sydney, Australia. In 1975 his family returned to the Unites States. In 2005 he graduated from San Francisco State in Creative Writing. He met his wife, Kelly O’Hare, at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, where he was a ride operator and puppeteer. Besides making films, he is a parent, published author, poet, and playwright. He lives in Oakland, CA where he and his family still help at Fairyland
Born and raised in San Francisco, Jason learned the principles of exposure, light and composition from his father during back-packing trips to the Sierra Nevada mountains. A shift to motion-picture photography occurred during the production of a local cable access television program prompting him to pursue a film degree from UC Santa Cruz. After graduation he worked for several years as a news cameraman. A greater interest in narrative and documentary compelled him to leave the broadcast world and pursue work in film. Jason has since worked as a cinematographer on a multitude of feature, short, documentary and experimental films.
Jose Luis Jovel
Jose loves a good story, whether it be movies, books, or a joke written on the back of a napkin. He is a writer/director living in San Francisco and currently working on a new short film.
Albert has lived in San Francisco and the Bay Area since 1980 and currently resides in the Silver Terrace neighborhood of the Bayview district. After retiring from the world of high-ed publishing two years ago, he decided to take up his first love, making films, and has created over 80 short videos since then. Albert is a student in cinema studies at San Francisco City College and does freelance work for his videography company, KabaVideo Cinematography.
Has been documenting coyotes for ten years and getting information about them out to the public. Bernal Hill is one of the parks she frequents. Her film about Bernal’s resident coyote, A Happy Coyote, screened in 2017 at Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema.
Director/Producer:Ladies and Gentlemen: Phatima Rude(2014). His first documentary in 2004, made in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami. Writer/Director/Producer: Rituals of Life: the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. The entire proceeds went to non-profits.Paul has authored articles and a travel journal. He lectures at colleges and conferences on topics, such as: “Modalities of Communicating with the Body,” “A Survey of Ritual Modification Practices,” and “The Grieving Body: Does Body Modification Injure or Heal the Psyche?”In the Spring of 2014, he graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in anthropology and highest honors. His research continues to explore alteration and sovereignty of the physical body.
Bucky is a graduate of the San Francisco School for Digital Filmmaking where he cultivated his interest in screenwriting and directing. As a Bernal Heights resident, he enjoyed filming around the neighborhood and hopes to continue to do so for many years. In addition, he almost watched 365 movies in one year and wishes there was a school for ninjas.
Sasha Beatrice Kobow
Orpheus & Eurydice (2004); Feodora (2004); The Taming of the Night (2003; selected by and produced in collaboration with Wim Wenders at 53rd Berlinale Talent Campus); The Promise (2002); Yume No Ato — What is Left of the Dream (2002; MFA Thesis, Columbia University); Origami — How you Fall in Love (2002); Against Sadness — Vergiss Mein Nicht (2001; recipient numerous awards for director and screenplay); Rapunzel Goes to the Movies (2001); Sonett 24 (2001)
Eric Koziol is a media artist and digital filmmaker who works at the intersection of documentary storytelling, technology, and the performing arts. As a staff documentarian at Stanford University, he profiles visionaries in industrial and architectural design, neuroscience, virtual reality, and robotics. His artistic practice is centered on collaborations with dancers, choreographers, and musicians for presentation on both stage and screen. Eric resides on Potrero Hill and has enjoyed attending several screenings hosted by BH Outdoor Cinema.
Tania is an artist and storyteller living in San Francisco. She is founder of Infinity Pictures, a production company whose mission is to craft experiences that challenge limiting beliefs and instill a sense of our interconnectedness and thus our power and responsibility to create the world we want to live in together. As Ku’s debut film, THERE IS A PLACE combines her practical skills in writing and communications with her lifelong passion for building and encouraging a more integrated human family. Ku has had two films featured at Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema in the past.
Feedback 1 & 2
Skeleton Woman (2000)
Hidden in Plain Sight
Mark has worked as a documentary filmmaker for over 30 years, exploring a wide range of subjects from domestic violence to human sexuality to affordable housing and community organizing. His films have been broadcast nationally on public television and won numerous awards.
Slow Clap, co-founded by Daniel Lichtenberg, is a San Francisco video production company located in the Bayview, at the bottom of Bernal Hill. Daniel has been a director and editor of documentary, corporate, and commercial video since 2007, when he graduated with a BFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of Arts. He further refined his storytelling skills while earning an MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU in 2011. His films have screened at festivals all over the world, including Cannes, Durban International, South by Southwest, and SF DocFest. In 2016, his film Earn the Day was featured at the Bernal Outdoor FF. Most recently, Daniel has collaborated with the Asian Law Caucus, San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network, and Environmental Defense Fund to highlight and celebrate the untold stories most important to the Bay Area community. He co-founded Slow Clap to make sure those stories get told.
Elizabeth is an emerging filmmaker who seeks to find new, aesthetic ways of exploring the boundaries between species, class, and states of personhood. Her short films have received recognition at festivals across America and Europe, including Sundance, True/False, DOC NYC, and DOK Leipzig. The IDA Documentary Awards recently nominated her latest film, Hotel 22 (BHOC 2015), for the prestigious David L. Wolper Award. Her previous film, Last Stop in Santa Rosa, won a Special Jury Mention in a competition held by the San Francisco Film Society, and was nominated for an Independent Vision Award for Social Consciousness at Visionfest 2014. She is a recipient of the Telluride Student Symposium Fellowship and the Stanford University Spice Award. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate in the Stanford University Documentary Film program. Prior to graduate school, Elizabeth wrote and co-produced for the award-winning nonfiction series, Our America with Lisa Ling. Elizabeth was born and raised in Hong Kong, and received her B.F.A. in English and Film from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
Chip is a media artist who works with video and photography. As a member of Ant Farm [1968-1978] he produced the video art classics Media Burn and The Eternal Frame as well as the Cadillac Ranch sculpture in Amarillo, Texas. His film work straddles documentary and experimental genres, often mixing the two, and has been shown widely at film and video festivals and in Museums. He is a Professor in the Film and Digital Media Department at U.C. Santa Cruz, and he lives in Noe Valley.
Laura J. Lukitsch
Laura started focusing on short form films after her eviction from her longer term residence in the Mission. Her earlier work focused on identity and equality, Beard Club a feature documentary, and equality of public space, Mind the Gap a web series and in-progress feature documentary. Her current short film, Priceless, continues to examine the larger societal questions but through the lens of Wendell (aka #funguyfinds) a t-shirt lover and eBay seller. It is a meditation on choices, values and creating a “good” life doing something you love.
Yasmin currently lives in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco and works as a filmmaker, video producer and installation artist. She has worked with clients such as Genentech, AstraZeneca, Link TV, and Apple Computers. She has shown her work at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, built large sculptural installations with the Flaming Lotus Girls, and led collaborations in Taiwan and Holland. She is inspired by the process of creation, collaborating with people and seeing a project from start to finish. Her influences include her community, her passion for exploring new concepts, and good food.
There is little doubt that no filmmaker could be more at home in the dramatic and humorous worlds created in his screenplays and films than, Giacinto Leonado Maselli, himself. “As a teller of original narratives set in a broad range of genres, I think of myself as being part of a very old and very true tradition. That’s how I would like to be remembered – as the creator of films about reinvention, each one full of wonderful characters, provocative endings, and non-tragic themes.
I am a the writer and producer of “The Hypnotized.” I spent my early years in the Noe Valley, where my Grandma lived. My family has owned property on Duncan Street for 75 years, but we can not afford to live there any more because of an aunt who needs constant supervision. I, like generations of my family, went to St Paul’s grammar school, which was home to many a Bernal Heighten. I met the director of “The Hypnotized, Fazil Sadiq, who is a native of the Excelsior, at City College of San Francisco where we both studied film.
Dean Mermell has been a Bernal Height’s resident and filmmaker for 20 years. His silent films have been screened and won awards at the SF International, Mill Valley, California Independent and Moondance film festivals, as well as at Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema. His most recently completed documentary about the Sunset Piano project, Twelve Pianos, screened at the Green Film Festival and at Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema’s “Face-to-Face with the Filmmaker.” His website can be found at www.storyfarm.tv
Greg Miller recognizes the power of media to educate, inspire, and move people to action. Driven by a desire to create media that matters, he moved to San Francisco and transitioned his career from outdoor education to filmmaking, completing an MA in Media Studies in 2006. He has been working full-time in film, television, and video production ever since. Documentary lies at the root of his passion, but Greg plays many roles in a diversity of productions. As a location sound mixer he works on programming for National Geographic, PBS, and the Food Network, as well as on documentaries, such as The Pat Tillman Story, We are Legion, and Academy Award nominated, Extremis. In 2011 he helped release the feature documentary, Patagonia Rising, a project he produced from concept to a theatrical run in New York City. That film has reached audiences from Chile to Europe and is available through its distributor, First Run Features. Most recently he directed a short film – Stylish Spokes: a celebration of biking and women – that will be released in early 2017. Greg continues to freelance as a sound mixer and collaborate on films that help create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.
Animosity —music video (2002)
Belgian transplant Mister WA has been documenting San Francisco arts and communities since his first trailer for the San Francisco Mime Troupe in 2007. While giving an original voice to Bay Area artists and connecting the community with hundreds of web-clips, Mister WA has deeply integrated the many Bay Area creative families he frequently collaborates and performs with. He is currently completing his first feature film “Children of The Cockettes” about the present-day heritage of the legendary psychedelic theater founded in 1969 in the Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco. Mister WA has been contributing PSAs, Show Opening and Closing reels to BHOC festivals since 2006.
Distributor, California Newsreel
Dimitri William Moore
Dimitri William Moore has produced award-winning short narrative films, music videos, human interest documentaries, and corporate promotional videos. As head of DWM Producing, LLC a San Francisco based film and video production company, Dimitri inspires artists and storytellers through a collaborative and creative project development process.
Joshua Moore is an award-winning filmmaker based in San Francisco. He is a founding member of Full Metal Cinema, an emerging pop up film series and curates film and new media for the Jewish Film Institute.
Anabella Mortenson is a 16 year-old Bernal resident, and a sophomore at the Ruth Asawa School of The Arts. Her films Kinda Blue and Cloud Runner screened in the 2016 rand 2017 Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema seasons, respectively. In 2017, the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Selection Committee presented the inaugural award of “Emerging Filmmaker” to Anabella. She is a Hufflepuff, and is interested in all arts including visual arts and animation.
Jenni is one of the world’s leading experts on LGBT cinema history and is currently VP of e-commerce at WolfeVideo.com. Her debut feature film, The Joy of Life world premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and went on to play a pivotal role in renewing debate about the need for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge. Her film The Royal Road, a cinematic essay, screened at “Face-to-Face with the Filmmaker” in 2016. Jenni is a renowned film collector and archivist of LGBT films and continues to write extensively about LGBT films. She lives with her wife and daughters in Bernal.
A Kalahari Family, Part III: Real Water(2002); A Kalahari Family, Part II: End of the Road (2002); Rebels with a Cause(2000); Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians(2000); Regret to Inform(1998); The Women Outside(1996); Hard Act to Follow(1990); Rabbit in the Moon(1999
James, 15, a Sophomore in the Media program at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, is a San Francisco native living in the Bayview. His short film “Slumberland” premiered at the SF Black Film Festival in 2017. James has been making films since he was 6. He studied advanced filmmaking for 5 years at BAYCAT.
Worked as co-producer and editor of numerous award-wining documentaries, including a 3-part video series on workplace heath issues and several concerning the environment and wildlife. Her 3-minute fundraising video Bernal Hill — Still Wild at Heart will be screened at BHOC
Sean M. Perl
A self-taught videographer, Sean has a range of experience behind and in front of the camera. As a student in the Film Department at CCSF, his short film,”Beat the F.O.M.O.,” won “Best Comedy” at the CCSF City Short Film Festival. The very first project Sean edited was a San Francisco-based web series called “B*Starr TV.” A couple of the episodes were filmed in the Bernal Heights neighborhood.
The Case of the Legless Veteran (1980); This is no Grenada (1986); Refugee (1988)
Producer of Independent dramatic films, performance art, videos, and documentaries. Senorita Extraviada – Missing Young Woman (2001); Cojjrpus: A Home Movie for Selena; Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo; Sometimes My Feet Go Numb; The Devil Never Sleeps
Resident of Bernal Heights. Artist/Photographer
Jay Rosenblatt has been making films for over 20 years. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim and a Rockefeller Fellowship. His films have received many awards and have screened throughout the world. A selection of his films had a one-week theatrical run at New York’s Film Forum and throughout the country. Articles about his work have appeared in The New York Times, LA Times, Sight & Sound, Filmmaker and The Independent.
Producer/Director/CFO of Concentric Media — documentary film company
Producer: Groove (2001)
Assoc. Producer: From the Back alleys to the Supreme Court and Beyond (PBS series)
Producer/Director: Dear Dr. Spencer
B. Ruby Rich
Film Critic/Cultural Commentator/Adjunct Professor of Film, UC Berkeley
Her critical commentary has appeared in the New York Times Arts & Leisure Section, the Nation, the SF Bay Guardian, the Village Voice, Sight And Sound (UK), The Advocate, and other publications. In 1998, Duke University Press published, Chick Flicks: Theories And Memories of the Feminist Film Movement. An active radio and television film commentator as well as curator, speaker, and film festival programmer, she serves on the juries of numerous film festivals around the world and is a member of the Sundance Film Festival’s National Advisory Board.
Theo Rigby is a director, cinematographer, and interactive storyteller. Theo’s last project, Immigrant Nation, is a series of short films about immigration in the U.S., as well as an online storytelling platform and series of live storytelling events. The project received a MacArthur Documentary Film grant, a Tribeca Institute New Media Fund grant, and two films premiered on the NYT Op-Doc series, as well as POV: American Documentary.
I am the Cinematographer and Editor of the Frameline35, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, 2011 Selection of Running in Heels: The Glendon Anna Conda Hyde Story. I am also the Cinematographer and Editor of Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema 2010 Selection of Where the Money At. I am in the process of filming Jack Lantern, a bully turned horror feature film. I have a more extension portfolio which can be viewed on http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3596561/
A native of South Carolina, Megan relocated to San Francisco’s Bernal Heights in June 2015, following 10 years in London, England where she received her MA in Producing from the UK’s prestigious National Film and Television school. While abroad Megan produced a diverse range of content including the multi-award winning shorts OUTCASTS and JENNY & THE WORM, Asia’s first multi-platform drama series, DIMENSIONS, and Ian Clark’s debut feature film, THE FACILITY. In 2014 Megan was nominated for a BAFTA for her work on KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES.
Sam E. Rubin, 16, has had a passion for motion picture cameras since he could hold one up to his eye. As a child, he was functionally blind in one eye and used the camera on his “good eye” to explore the world. Sam is going into 10th grade and studies filmmaking at SF Art&Film. His films have been in several film festivals, including Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema, Mill Valley Film Festival, SFLGBT Film Festival, Tower of Youth (Sacramento), and, most recently, in the L.A. Film Festival where his film, “Lipstick,” won the Target Diversity in Color Award. Sam is also a working actor and and singer and has performed in over two dozen films as well as on stage, including the San Francisco Opera Conservatory for Teens
Ashley Lauren Saks
Ashley Saks has been working with transition students from AccessSFUSD:The Arc for over 6 years. Access SFUSD: The Arc is a community based program for students 18-22 with disabilities. We focus on teaching functional life skills within the community setting. San Francisco is our campus. Ashley has thoroughly enjoyed combining her passions for education and media arts, giving all students a voice and creative outlet to express themselves through their collaborative video projects. She also produces the public access TV show Bay Area Youth On-Air with students and graduates from Access.
Deborah Santana is an author, philanthropist, advocate for peace and social justice, and mother of three extremely loved children. Her first memoir, Space Between The Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart, was published in March 2005. Ms. Santana founded “Do A Little,” a donor-advised fund at the San Francisco Foundation in 2008 that supports women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. She has received many awards, supports varied organizations, and has traveled widely, appreciative of her encounters with everyone from Nelson Mandela to young school girls in Kenya.
Skyler Schain is a dude living on Coleridge St in Bernal Heights. A Berkeley native, he finds comfort in the small town vibes and health food stores of Cortland Ave. Ritual is his first short film, and he has several more currently in production.
Emmy started her film career as an assistant editor in Hollywood. Her feature film credits include: Year of The Dragon; Karate Kid II; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; Steel Magnolias. She has worked as an editor, researcher, writer, and producer on documentaries and feature films since 1982. She edited Taino Maida’s Peace is Every Step, The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hahn, and was Consulting Editor and Associate Producer on Mark Eisner’s film on the life of Pablo Neruda, The Poets Calling. Emmy co-produced Four Questions For A Rabbi by Stacey Ross and Jay Rosenblatt, an 11-minute film that won the Directors Cut award at the 2008 Black Maria film festival. In the Image is her directorial debut. She recently directed a short film called Taxi To Havana and is currently in pre-production on a documentary about the artist, Hannah Wilke. She holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from San Francisco State University.
Ingrid Serban was born in Transylvania, Romania where she studied piano and voice at the Sigismund Toduta Lycee in Cluj Napoca.
When she moved to the US, she continued her music studies alongside acting and writing in Los Angeles with Diana Castle and Oscar-winning director Peter Bogdanovich. Ingrid lives in the Bay Area with husband musician and producer, Forest Sun.
Narrative Feature Film – Humans Being (2003)
Staged Productions Insatiable Salivation (1993) Safe Death (1993) Caffeine (1993) Santa In Lights (1993) Henry’s Gun (1993) Paying Your Dues (1994) The Satan Clause (1994) thesantavirus (1995) Dumb Yourself Down (1996) Ho Ho Holy Shit (1996) Also drummer for The Dont’s
Megan Shutzer is a documentary filmmaker from San Francisco, CA, whose day job is to provide strategy for international development projects and whose night/weekend/side-hustle and creative passion is making movies. When work brought Megan to Zanzibar in early 2011, she sought out a women’s soccer team, began playing with the New Generation Queens and immediately started plotting to make a documentary about the team. Not only were the players on the team compelling, and their stories even more so, but Megan quickly discovered that her new footballer friends were eager to join her in making a film. Though Megan lives in Glen Park, she sees Bernal as her community. In fact, the very first screening of New Generation Queens happened in a living room on Coleridge street, where Megan’s friends watched the rough cut of the film for the first time.
Joe Sikoryak is a filmmaker who has been telling stories with moving pictures for 40 years. A resident of Glen Park, and a graduate of SFSU, he filmed “D for DOCs” at the Ocean Campus of CCSF, with students in supporting cast and crew roles. Even in a comedy such as this, he believes the best films are a combination of emotional truth and visual spectacle.
The Magic of Radio (2001); Urine Man (2000); Quarry Movie (1999); FLIGHT (1997) ; Portland (1996); NOZONE (1993); Our Gay Brothers (1993); Mute (1991); Blood Story (1990); Futility (1989); Hard Core Home Movie (1989)
Valerie Soe is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. Her experimental videos, documentaries, and installations, which examine gender and cultural identity and anti-racism struggles, have won prizes and exhibited worldwide. Her latest film Love Boat: Taiwan, is currently in production. She has lived in Bernal Heights since 1992 and is a proud BHOC alumna.
Sara St. Martin Lynne
Writer/Director, Producer, Assistant Editor
Director/Writer: Rock in a Hard Place (2003)
Assoc. Producer/Asst. Editor: Bernal Hill — Still Wild at Heart (2004)
Script Consultant: Drive Thru
To Mutable Commute (2003); Chop (2003); Love or To Die (2003); The Tells (2002); More Than Meets the Eye: Remaking Jane Fonda (2001); Angel Beach (2001); SLOW (2001); Posers (2000); in.side.out (1999); NOEMA (1998); Back in the Saddle Again (1997); Archimedes’ Screw (1996) ; Under a Blanket of Blue (1996); Acceleration (1993); I’ll Walk with God (1994); Unauthorized Access (1993); Denea Bull Run (1993); Imperfect Solutions (11984/1992); Tender Duplicity (1992); Don’t Even Think (1992); So Ein Tag (1991)Episiotomy (1990); Protective Coloration (1990); Satrapy (1988) ; W (1988)
Scott’s films and videos have shown locally (San Francisco), nationally and internationally, including recent one person shows at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Pacific Film Archive.
Charles Sommer is a musician and documentary filmmaker living in Bernal Heights, San Francisco. After leaving his native Louisville, Kentucky, 10 years ago, Charles began working in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district with homeless and low-income populations at the St. Anthony Foundation Dining Room. Victoria is Charles’ first film.
Elizabeth Stephens & Dr. Annie Sprinkle
Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle have been devoted to making the environmental movement more sexy, fun and diverse through art and film projects. Their award winning documentary, Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story was shown in many film festivals and is on iTunes. Beth is an Art Professor and chair of the art department at UC Santa Cruz. Annie started her film career in adult films in NYC, then crossed into art and started producing and directing her own “post porn” films, which played in film festivals, galleries and museums around the world. They have been collaborating for eighteen years. Their newest film,Water Makes Us Wet-An Ecosexual Adventure,is about the pleasures and politics of water and premiered in the prestigious art exhibition, documenta 14, where they were official artists. They live in Bernal with their dog Butch.
One Wedding and a…Revolution
With over fifteen years in documentary filmmaking, Kate Stilley has been an integral part in creating award-winning non-fiction films that have influenced audiences worldwide. Her work has been seen on major US media networks (ABC, CBS, PBS, Fox TV, A&E, Nickelodeon and NPR), and has won awards at film festivals nationally and internationally, including the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2001. Stilley is the Lead Editorial Instructor at the New Jewish Filmmaker Project and has taught editing at the Bay Area Video Coalition for five years. She currently sits on BAVC’s Producer’s Advisory Board and is a co-founder of “Citizen Film,” a documentary collaborative started with partners Sam Ball and Sophie Constantino.
Wei Keong Tan
Wei Keong is an animation artist living in San Francisco. His animation entertains fantasy and mimics the familiarity of the real by weaving fiction into personal history. Photography, frame-by-frame drawings and photocopies are often combined, forming the visual world of his animated films. His film “Pifuskin” has been showcased in many international film festivals, including the Annecy, Zagreb, Stuttgart and London International Animation Film Festival, and won the Best Experimental award at the Singapore Short Film Awards 2015.
He received the Special Achievement, Special Mention and Best Singapore Short Film awards respectively for ‘White’, ‘Hush Baby’ and ‘Between Us Two’ at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2007, 2009 and 2017.His public art installation “Foundin” has been featured at the Fondation Espace Ecureuil in France as part of the Made in Asia Festival 2015.
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Director: Amerika Ya Ya(1992) The Great Dykes of Holland(1993);
Series Producer: KQED’s Independent View(1999-2000)
Visual and Performing Arts Chairperson, ICA High School
Film “Runaways” selected for New York Independent International Film Festival
Kristin Tieche is an award-winning filmmaker. She has edited documentaries that include the Sundance 2008 Audience Award winning “Fuel,” and the 2009 PBS/Independent Lens film, “Power Paths.” Her 2011 film, “Forms of Identification,” won Best Experimental Film at the Reynolda Film Festival 2012. Her 2013 film, “The Spinster,” won the Jury Prize at the Boston Bike Film Festival. Kristin’s award-winning web series, “Velo Visionaries,” is enjoying global exposure at film festivals focusing on urbanism, sustainability and biking.Her films have screened at BHOC for the last three years. Kristin holds a Master of Arts in Television, Radio and Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she received awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in screenwriting and sound design. Her work as an editor at CBS received two Emmy nominations. She is also a native San Franciscan and a dedicated urban cyclist.
Cal was born in San Francisco and has spent his whole life on Potrero Hill. He currently attends Lowell HS and is actively involved in Ronald Chase’s SF Art & Film Teenage Workshop.
Works across disciplines with theater, public space, writers and as a painter. Teaches art in East Bay schools with VALA (Visual Arts Literary Arts). Has received grants and awards from the California Arts Council, Opera America, San Jose Arts Commission and the SF Arts Commission. She shows her work at Brian Gross Fine Arts and is currently lead artist on a new library in San Jose.
Vincent Tremblay is a filmmaker and musician based in Oakland, California. His interest in taking on projects that reflect an experimental approach to the outdoors and the arts has been prevalent since his early work. As an alumni of Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema and other local and national festivals, his aim is to see his work in experimental documentary filmmaking contributed to the growing collection of other artists, musicians and filmmakers making work that enhances the experience of the viewer.
Silvia attended USC, where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in Film. She spent many years in both Poland and Spain, where she studied and worked in film as an editor. She has written and directed one documentary film entitled The Little Pianist. Despite its short running time (6min30sec), she spent well over a year in making it, allowing time to establish a solid connection with the subject. Silvia now resides in Northern California.email@example.com
David Turner is a San Francisco-based writer, director, producer, and editor. His award-winning films are screened locally and abroad.
Matt Venuti is a magnet for the uncommon and the extraordinary. As the founder and chief architect behind the San Francisco-based musical innovators, The Venusians, he has been a pioneer of wind synthesis, enrapturing audiences with his custom built Electronic Valve Instrument. He’s lately turned his musical focus to exploring the beauty of the PanArt Hang, a rare yet widely touted new acoustic instrument and one of the most captivating and versatile of all time. Matt lives in San Francisco where he performs and creates music for commercial release and film in his studio, Venus Central Productions. He’s lately enjoyed making his own music videos that can be viewed on Vimeo and Youtube. More info on Matt atwww.venusians.com
Chihiro Wimbush often along with Jim Choi has been making documentary films for the past decade. Recent films include CHANGING SEASON: ON THE MASUMOTO FAMILY FARM, and the upcoming DEFENDER. Chihiro previously screened films at the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema with an early cut of DOGTOWN REDEMPTION and TOUCHING THE UNTOUCHABLE which won the Spirit of Bernal award.
Carla Wojczuk is a cross-disciplinary artist and cultural organizer. She currently does community advocacy work across the Bay Area with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, facilitates community mural projects, and leads public mural education walks with Precita Eyes Muralists. Precita Eyes is a community mural arts center celebrating it’s 40th year anniversary, with the site of its Urban Youth Arts program across from Precita Park, right at the base of Bernal Hill.
Co-Producer: Freedom Machines
Writer: And Then One Night: The Making of Dead Man Walking
Co-producer/Writer: KPFA On the Air
Writer: Paragraph 175
Producer: Outside in Sight: The Music of United Front
Producer: Kheturni Bayo: North Indian Farm Women
Wood has been nominated three times for Oscars for her writing: Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press; Straight from the Heart, and Super Chief: The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren as well as the Peabody and Columbia-Dupont award-winning The Celluloid Closet, and Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper, an “American Masters” Special for PBS. Sharon is currently producing historical documentaries for Lucasfilm
Both Mary and Kingmond Young have lived and run businesses in Bernal Heights for over 16 years.
Editor: Centers of Creativity with Elias Katz, PhD
An award-winning editor, David has been working with film since the mid 1960’s for KPIX and CBS Evening News. In the 1970’s, he went freelance first working in film and then later with videotape. David has been using non-linear editing systems for the past 11 years. His experience includes long format and short format programming for broadcast (Network, PBS, MTV) and non-broadcast (corporate, consumer) and theatrical projects. David has recently moved to Bernal Heights from Marin County.
Director: House of Temptation won “Best Supporting Actor 2014”-SF Best Actors Film Festival; Bicycle Bride won”Best Feature Film Award,” South Appalachian Film Festival; “Best Bay Area Director,” Vacaville Film Festival; and “Best Director,” Modesto Bollywood Film Festival.
Medical doctor/ filmmaker, Zee graduated from medical school at the age of 26. After only a year of practice he was appointed the Resident Physician at a Hospital Burn Unit in the Pakistan countryside. Dr. Zee soon found that many of his burn patients had tragically set fire to themselves to avoid punishment by hostile in-laws, a common practice for non-childbearing women or wives with low dowry. Zee came to USA 12 years ago and started to persue his passion of filmmaking. Human Empowerment was Zee’s inspiration for his film, Bicycle Bride. It was released theatrically in 20 cities and now available on Amazon through Pathfinder Pictures and got worldwide distribution through Cinema Arts Entertainment in France. House of Temptation is Zee’s third feature film.
Director, Writer, Producer
Art School Confidential (2004- pre-production)
Producer/Director: Crumb (1994); Louie Bluie (1986)
Director/Writer: Ghost World (2000)
Director: Bad Santa (2003)
Writer: Art School Confidential
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