The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center premieres their new film project documenting the stories of San Francisco’s diverse and invaluable residents - Cinematic SF. Featured local filmmakers R.J. Lozada, Abhi Singh, Kevin Wong, and Jimmy Zhang will present to the public their documentary shorts reflecting the daily lives of San Francisco residents - from the struggles of working artists to the daily goings-on of a vital community center, each film paints a unique portrait of the city’s underrepresented communities.
There will be 4 screenings of Cinematic SF at community venues throughout the city of San Francisco this Spring 2017, with special appearances by the filmmakers, the films' subjects, and guest speakers and performers.
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The Films and the Filmmakers:
Dir. Kevin Wong and Todd Sills
After 25 years as a caregiver, Gayle came to San Francisco to reignite her dream of making it as a Jazz singer. Now in her 60's, she lives in an SRO hotel at the edge of Nob Hill and the Tenderloin and is finally starting to get some regular gigs around the city.
Dir. Abhi Singh
No Vacancy explores the struggles of San Francisco artists as they contend with exorbitant rent prices, developers looking to convert art spaces into luxury condos and a city that isn’t paying attention to them. All the artists in the film face the prospect of being priced out of San Francisco in the near future. These artists are the cultural fabric of a city that doesn’t have room for them anymore.
SHOES I WALK IN
Dir. Jimmy Zhang
Two youth from the Southeast parts of San Francisco’s —a fourth grader grows up in an unstable household and a senior in high school thrives from the legacy of her grandma, a long time resident of Bayview Hunter’s Point. Through their grandmother’s legacies’ and ultimately distant blessings, two San Francisco youth walk confidently in their soles.
A SPACE ON SIXTH AND MISSION
Dir. R.J. Lozada
The Bayanihan Community Center has been a hub of vitality for the Filipino American community. This unassuming space on Sixth and Mission holds space for a myriad of community groups and organizations that gather under the spirits of community, history, and growth. This short documentary is equal parts observational and experimentation and a very small peek into a window of home for so many.
Cinematic SF has been made possible by the following funders: