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Through the Lens: Realizing Identity & Needs Through Filmmaking

  • 120 mins

Photo: Dedicated to Those Who, Jules Retzlaff, 2021

Bay Area performers and filmmakers are grappling with what it means to be artists as displacement, surveillance, violence, the pandemic, and economic disruption wreak havoc on their communities.

They follow a long lineage of local media makers leveraging film as a collaborative process to engage their communities, by connecting personal emotional truths to immediate social priorities and needs. The program will explore how media makers are experimenting with and pushing the boundaries of filmmaking by redefining the meaning of success, away from the commercial-driven goal of building mass audiences and toward community-driven self-identification and inclusion.

Join us at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center’s Screening Room or virtually via the live stream. Make sure to register for the correct ticket type. Per City policy, masks are required at all times while indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Curation by Omeed Manocheri


Isa NakazawaIsa Nakazawa (Moderator), Director of Marketing and Communications, BAVC

Donté Clark, Poet

Mike Evans Jr, Comedian, Writer, Filmmaker

Jules Retzclaff Jules Retzlaff, Filmmaker

Alba Roland Mejia, Writer, Producer, and Director

Co-Presented by    BAYCAT STUDIO

In this program

A man sits solemnly in a field of tall grasses; his face mask states: "Solidarity Forever Collective"

Dedicated to Those Who

Directed by Jules Retzlaff

A hybrid doc and visual album exploring the struggles of the past, present, and future San Francisco.

A portrait of Mike Evans, a young Black man, cautiously and inquisitively looking upward.

Rent Check

Directed by Jules Retzlaff, Mike Evans Jr

Mike, a young Black comedian, is conflicted upon discovering his brother’s career.

A portrait of a young Black woman and man; the woman looks into the camera as the man looks into the distance beyond

Blackness is Everything

Directed by Alba Roland Mejia

Blackness is Everything is an experimental/performative short film that celebrates the diversity of the Black diaspora in The Bay Area.

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