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  1. Join SFUFF Campfire on July 14 to discuss affordable housing, is it a place where all our dreams come true?

    Posted June 26th, 2017 by SFUFF in General

    Many folks in San Francisco wonder what is affordable housing and why isn’t there more? What if we asked the question this way – where is affordable housing? Does it have an actual address, or is it a place where we project all of our utopian hopes and dreams? Do all the expectations tacked on […]

  2. Introducing the new SF Urban Film Fest website!

    Posted June 21st, 2017 by SFUFF in General

    Thank you Leah Nichols for a great job on the new SF Urban Film Fest website!  I am very excited about the schedule feature that includes a drop down menu for event details.  Also the new website allows you to peruse our last three years of film festival programming to see the diversity of our […]

  3. Fay Darmawi and Ken Fisher To Create Videos Highlighting the SF Treasurer’s Efforts to Make SF More Equitable

    Posted June 12th, 2017 by SFUFF in General

    In the next few months, Ken Fisher and I will be busy creating four videos to support the efforts of the City of San Francisco’s Treasurer’s Office of Financial Justice to reform the fees and fines that impact low-income and people of color disproportionately. The SF Financial Justice project was born out of DOJ’s 2015 Ferguson […]

  4. SF Ahead of the Curve

    Posted May 30th, 2017 by SFUFF in General

    Part of what’s unique about the SF Urban Film Fest, is that many of us devise and implement public policies, so that we can tell authentic stories about what works and what doesn’t to further social equity goals.  Last month, I had the honor to be a member of the City of San Francisco’s Nonprofit […]

  5. How Mass Media Can Sink or Save Public Policy

    Posted May 23rd, 2017 by SFUFF in General

    Many of you know that I have worked in the affordable housing for two last decades.  Recently, Frontline aired a documentary about the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (the number financing tool that produces most of the new supply of affordable housing nationwide) and the corruption of a few developers in Texas and Florida. […]

  6. SF’s Public Defender Jeff Adachi Filmmaking Side Hustle

    Posted May 19th, 2017 by SFUFF in General

    A few weeks ago, I met SF’s elected public defender Jeff Adachi at an informal gathering of a few local filmmakers I organized.  I knew he had just premiered his film “Defender” at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) so it was a long shot that he would take time out of his hellish […]

  7. Unfortunately, SFUFF did not get Cal Humanities grant…

    Posted May 10th, 2017 by SFUFF in General

    This year we applied for the first time for a grant from the California Humanities but we were not successful, unfortunately.  So we have to implement Plan B, which is to seek sponsorships from mission-aligned businesses.  If you have any contacts or leads on businesses who would be interested in sponsoring the SFUFF in exchange […]

  8. Lots of urban themed films coming soon!

    Posted May 5th, 2017 by SFUFF in General

    This March, I was on a 6 person jury panel at the SF Arts Commission to fund new media work and 7 of the 35 films were related to how we experience living in cities covering topics of gang violence in the Mission, profiles of Muni riders, public art as activism, and  the redevelopment of […]

  9. Join us at the “The Art of Recovery” screening

    Posted April 5th, 2017 by SFUFF in General

    Fay Darmawi​, Founder and Executive Producer of the SF Urban Film Fest​, will MC the Q&A of “The Art of Recovery” with the film director Peter Young (who is flying in from New Zealand!) after the screening Monday, April 24th at the Roxie. with the film director Peter Young who is flying in all the […]

  10. Leah Nichols joins SFUFF as web designer

    Posted March 29th, 2017 by SFUFF in General

    Thank you patrons for supporting SFUFF so that we are now able to hire the talented filmmaker/urban designer Leah Nichols to join our team. As many of you know, Leah designed the beautiful eye catching SFUFF logo and we are so lucky to have her expand our design identity through building out a brand new […]