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  1. 73 Questions

    Leah Nichols / Films, SFUFF 2017, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2017 / 10 mins
    This beautifully hand-drawn animated short film inverts the popular culture trope of celebrity questionnaires and uses it instead to build a soulful profile of a man whom you would never otherwise stop to get to know.
    Plays In:
    Nurturing the Media Activist Ecosystem of Citizen Journalists, Mainstream Media, and Policy-Makers

    Ninth Street Independent Film Center
    November 15, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  2. Arc of Justice, The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of a Beloved Community

    Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman / Films, SFUFF 2017, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2015 / 22 mins
    “Arc of Justice” traces the inspiring journey of New Communities and the struggle for racial and economic justice among African Americans in southwest Georgia. Formed in 1969 during the Civil Rights movement, New Communities persevered as the largest black-owned farm in the country despite relentless opposition.
    Plays In:
    “Arc of Justice” and James Baldwin’s “Take This Hammer”: Connecting Civil Rights to Place

    SPUR
    November 17, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  3. Brooklyn Farmer

    Michael Tyburski / Films, SFUFF 2017 / USA / 2015 / 27 mins
    “Brooklyn Farmer” explores the unique challenges facing Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers who endeavor to run a commercially viable farm across the rooftops of New York City. As their growing operation expands to a second roof, the team confronts the realities inherent in operating the world’s largest rooftop farm in one of the world's biggest cities.
    Plays In:
    “No Man’s Land”: Where Nature and Community Thrive

    Google Community Space
    November 13, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  4. Drugs in the Tenderloin

    Robert Zagone / Films, SFUFF 2017, Shorts / USA / 1966 / Documentary / 52 mins
    “Drugs in the Tenderloin” is a documentary shot guerilla-style (when that was not a thing) directed by Robert Zagone in 1966; it captures the Tenderloin as it transformed into a center for young queers and drug users.The film is a chance to catch a rare glimpse of the Tenderloin’s past, and to hear first hand from the people who lived there. The film was rediscovered by the Tenderloin Museum and played a series of sold-out shows in 2015 & 2016. There is only one copy of the film and it cannot be seen on-line or in theatres.
    Plays In:
    The Imperfect Is Perfect: The Tenderloin

    Tenderloin Museum
    November 14, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  5. Eulogy For The Dyke Bar

    Macon Reed & Isabel Farrington / Films, SFUFF 2017, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2017 / 9 mins
    A portrait of artist Macon Reed's installation "Eulogy for the Dyke Bar" on it's closing night.
    Plays In:
    Shifting Spaces: Queer Nightlife in the City

    518 Valencia The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
    November 18, 2017 6:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  6. Flag Wars

    Laura Poitras & Linda Goode Bryant / Films, SFUFF 2017, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2003 / 95 mins
    Personal look at a community in Columbus, Ohio, as gay white homebuyers move into a working-class black neighborhood. As the new residents restore the beautiful but run-down homes, black homeowners must fight to hold onto their community and heritage. The inevitable clashes expose prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream to have a home to call your own. Winner of the Jury Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
    Plays In:
    Queer Pioneers: Cycles of Displacement

    518 Valencia The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
    November 18, 2017 1:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  7. Heart of the City

    Jon Sadrgilany & Omeed Manocheri / Films, SFUFF 2017, Shorts / USA / 2017 / 15 mins
    Heart of the City is a documentary film and social news platform investigating San Francisco’s socioeconomic divide in the Tenderloin neighborhood and its adjacent districts. The project seeks to reimagine the fourth wall and stimulate social media discussions to integrate with the narrative of the film and other supplemental content.
    Plays In:
    Nurturing the Media Activist Ecosystem of Citizen Journalists, Mainstream Media, and Policy-Makers

    Ninth Street Independent Film Center
    November 15, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  8. In the Wake of Ghost Ship

    Jason Blalock / Films, SFUFF 2017, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2017 / 21 mins
    Last December, Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire claimed 36 lives, the nation’s deadliest fire in over a decade. It also set off a wave of scrutiny of live/work spaces across the country. Seven miles from Ghost Ship, a legendary punk collective called Burnt Ramen is fighting back against sudden eviction. This short film won the Golden Gate Award for Best Short Film at the 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival.
    Plays In:
    Canary in the Coal Mine: Artists in the City

    SPUR
    November 16, 2017 12:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  9. The Lot

    Russell Blanchard / Films, SFUFF 2017 / USA / 2016 / 20 mins
    Grady, a lonely café owner, encounters Christian, a new boy in town shunned by the local kids, when he finds him attempting to build a playhouse on the empty lot across the street. An unlikely friendship grows while Grady steps in to help and teach Christian, through the action of building a park in the empty lot. As they encounter challenges along the way, their relationship is put to the test and Grady must come to grips with a change within himself.
    Plays In:
    “No Man’s Land”: Where Nature and Community Thrive

    Google Community Space
    November 13, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  10. The Mural

    Francisco Guijarro / Films, SFUFF 2017, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2014 / 19 mins
    This film follows the stories of several artists with developmental disabilities working with the non-profit The Arc San Francisco and civic artists from Free Space to paint a wall-sized mural that aims to erase barriers. The film explores the unlimited nature of art and its capacity to express freedom, even for those individuals whose lives seem to be confined to the boundaries of their disabilities.
    Plays In:
    Nurturing the Media Activist Ecosystem of Citizen Journalists, Mainstream Media, and Policy-Makers

    Ninth Street Independent Film Center
    November 15, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets