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SF URBAN FILM FEST 2018

Schedule

  • The City That Holds Us

    SFUFF 2018 / 150 mins

    All people who define themselves as New Yorkers, Tel-Avivians or Montréalais have some things in common with others people who hold the same self-definition. But that sense of belonging does not necessarily compromise other affinities. How do some cities enable a multitude of identities and coexistence? The short films in this program explore identity in the city, including the unique approach of the documentary short film "#6261" on strangers-neighbors who share a relationship with this number in Montreal, and "Life-Sized City - Episode 5:Tel-Aviv", exploring a city in conflict through grassroots urban initiatives that transcend religious, political and class boundaries. After the film screenings, the five SFUFF program producers will step into the spotlight to share personal stories from their life in cities, illustrating how the scale and diversity of a city affords each of us the space to express our multitude of identities. The audience will be invited to join in a Q&A about identity dynamics in the urban realm prompted by the same series of questions that the panel will answer to create a unified interactive discussion.

    The City That Holds Us

    SPUR
    November 12, 2018 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  • Collective Memory in the Civic Commons

    SFUFF 2018 / 60 mins

    Public Spaces are encoded with meaning, and every person experiences them in a unique and specific way. These places are shaped by the decisions of governments, institutions, communities, and individuals. At the same time, their location, design, and regulating mechanisms shape forms of social organization and activity. This program will feature a collection of shorts exploring human stories about how places transform through different eras in response to our evolving societal expectations of these public spaces, their meanings, and their possibilities.

    Collective Memory in the Civic Commons

    SPUR
    November 15, 2018 12:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  • Coming Up: Youth Empowerment

    SFUFF 2018 / 60 mins

    The experience and perspectives of young people does not figure as prominently as it should in our discourse about the state and future of cities. Film and new media provide a rich and immediate way for youth to convey their insights. This program features a collection of incredible short works all created by - or for - young people ranging from middle school to young adults. Panelists include youth filmmakers and their adult allies working at the intersection of youth development and art.

    Coming Up: Youth Empowerment

    xSpace at Youth Art Exchange
    November 17, 2018 1:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  • Infrastructure for Equity

    SFUFF 2018 / 150 mins

    Infrastructure, whether in the form of transit, highways, or public housing, has been used to divide and degrade communities, and yet there are stories of resistance and people fighting to thrive anyway. And in recent years, local governments are learning from past mistakes as they embark on initiatives to weave a more unified city through urban design. Join us for screening of films selected from international and local submissions, including the Swiss filmmaker Zoel Aeschbacher’s narrative short “Bonobo” and local filmmaker Serghino Roosblad‘s documentary film about Oakland’s MacArthur Maze, followed by a lively panel discussion.

    Infrastructure for Equity

    SPUR
    November 13, 2018 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  • Level 1 Storytelling Workshop – Storytelling Basics for Climate Resiliency

    SFUFF 2018 / 90 mins

    This workshop will explore the fundamentals of storytelling - Story, Audience, Message and Style (SAMS) - to create better communication about urban planning projects addressing the challenges of global climate change. By analyzing sample videos created to promote awareness and engagement, participants will learn how to tell impactful stories that educate and empower their audience. Led by filmmaker and video production trainer Keith Battle, this lively lecture and discussion session will encourage participants to go beyond the traditional reports and slide presentations that are typically used in campaign building and embrace the power of video storytelling. Video storytelling as a non-technical, accessible format is an effective communications tool for planners, organizers, and residents to craft actionable campaigns around issues of density, sustainability, and community resiliency as they relate to the increasing pressures of a changing climate. SFUFF strongly recommends completing the Level 1 workshop prior to taking the Level 2 workshop.

    Level 1 Storytelling Workshop – Storytelling Basics for Climate Resiliency

    SPUR
    November 18, 2018 1:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  • Level 2 Storytelling Workshop – Case Study: Treasure Island Autonomous Shuttle

    SFUFF 2018 / 90 mins

    The SF Urban Film Fest is excited to partner with San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) on an intensive hands-on Level 2 Storytelling Workshop which will build upon the basics taught in the Level 1 Storytelling Workshop and apply the lessons learned to an urban planning process that is happening in real time - the implementation of the autonomous shuttle on Treasure Island. The SFCTA is developing an autonomous vehicle shuttle to help people get around the island and reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips because the population is expected to grow by more than 20,000 residents over the next 20 years. Working in small groups of 5 led by a team leader who is a storyteller/media maker, participants will develop a communication campaign for eliciting public feedback on the autonomous shuttle. SFUFF strongly recommends completing the Level 1 workshop prior to taking the Level 2 workshop.

    Level 2 Storytelling Workshop – Case Study: Treasure Island Autonomous Shuttle

    SPUR
    November 18, 2018 3:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  • Rules in Reality: Understanding the Human Story in California’s Housing Crisis

    SFUFF 2018 / 60 mins

    This presentation puts a human face on California’s housing crisis. Jonathan Pacheco Bell, a zoning enforcement planner in Los Angeles County, will tell the story of the Medina Family from the South Central L.A. community of Florence-Firestone, who built an informal granny flat for extra income after the sudden passing of their head of household. An anonymous complaint triggered an inspection and eventual demolition of the dwelling for code violations. It was Jonathan himself who ordered its removal. Audience members will understand the emotional rollercoaster the family endured while embroiled in this regulatory process, and Jonathan’s inner conflict with the outcome.

    Rules in Reality: Understanding the Human Story in California’s Housing Crisis

    SPUR
    November 14, 2018 12:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  • Sports In The City – For Economy or Community?

    SFUFF 2018 / 120 mins

    Professional athletic sports dominate the attention of City Hall and mass media, but often it’s the grass-roots sports programs that provide historically marginalized youth a connection to each other, the larger athletic community and the city as a whole. The “White Elephants” film questions the impact of a waterfront stadium project in Cape Town, South Africa, as the “Futbolistas 4 Life” and the “City Surf Project” films bring Bay Area empowerment stories to life. Join us at this special screening event and panel discussion with speakers who represent many sides of this issue, including sports activist and educator Dania Cabello, who is featured in “Futbolistas 4 Life”.

    Sports In The City – For Economy or Community?

    Roxie Theater
    November 14, 2018 6:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  • The Stories We Will Tell: Interactive Media and Placemaking

    SFUFF 2018 / 150 mins

    Virtual reality, 360° video, performance, and live cinema offer the possibility of expansive interactive documentary storytelling that is uniquely spatial. But what blind spots exists when mediamakers and audiences adopt these immersive technologies? How can cities and communities use of these emerging strategies to increase civic participation and greater dialogue? This night starts with a gallery of interactive and VR film experiences, followed by the performance of new work from Vero Majano, Keith Wilson, and a collaboration between City Hope residents and Adam Snell, followed by a lively panel discussion on the role of interactive media in the future of urban documentary.

    The Stories We Will Tell: Interactive Media and Placemaking

    SOMArts
    November 17, 2018 7:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  • Street Art as Political Currency

    SFUFF 2018 / 120 mins

    Murals are a powerful form of art that expose us to beauty while oftentimes critiquing political and social conditions. The act of painting murals often brings people together through a sense of affinity and shared purpose, while at the same time offering challenges to regimes of power, expressing dissent, of simply revealing alternate points of view. This program is collection of shorts focusing on visual and graphic art in the public realm as a way of expressing and cultivating social capital; and will explore how mural artists around the world are engaged in a practice that provokes and unites.

    Street Art as Political Currency

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Public Knowledge Annex
    November 15, 2018 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets