Starting March 2020, we embarked on a two-year Artists-in-Residence at the Yerba BuenaCenter for the Arts (YBCA), curating and producing quarterly film programs that centers storytelling and community voices, and compels residents to be actively engaged in the making of our city.
Facing a global pandemic, we quickly pivoted our first program on the importance of the Census 2020 for fair representation and allocation of resources to communities of color from an exhibition in the museum space to a virtual panel discussion and curation of short videos.
SFUFF presented YBCA’s first neighborhood commission City is Alive in October 2020, in partnership with Crux Collective, Imprint City, and Young Community Developers. City is Alive brings together community partners in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood for a socially-distant virtual film and public art experience exploring stories of the everyday heroes and their legacy of fighting for community resources and bringing joy to the Bayview. As a follow-up, in December 2020, we hosted a watch party and panel discussion “Bayview is Alive”. We screened four new short documentaries on historic murals directed by SFUFF’s very own Susannah Smith and a video replaying the one-night “City is Alive” event directed by local filmmaker Shantré Pinkney.
As part of our 2021 festival, we were proud to present MOURNING IS AN ACT OF LOVE, a multimedia, free, public installation on the exterior walls and windows at exterior of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) that is reflective of the ideas and issues we engaged with in our virtual programs. Through photography, video, performance, sign painting, poetry, and, of course, film, the artists explore the inextricable ties between how we love and how we mourn collectively. More information here.