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With 73 Questions, Capp St. resident paints a warm portrait of a neighborhood character

Leah Nichols first met Steve Jones at a sidewalk memorial for a mutual and recently departed friend. She was in tears. He wasn’t. “Buck up,” Jones advised. A year and a half later, she’s made a 10-minute stop-motion animated film about Jones that premieres Wednesday at the Urban Film Festival. Jones, it turns out, is funny, personable and knows everyone...

With death of Stephen Parr, SF Mission loses the archivist behind Oddball films

Film archivist Stephen Parr once remarked that the best database of film was in his head — “because there’s a lot more room for serendipity.” That serendipitous database is now lost. The 63-year-old Parr died unexpectedly, possibly as a result of complications from Parkinson’s though details are unclear, late on the morning of Oct. 24. He was the founder and...

Neighborhood Notes: the first week of July

Lotus SF, an Indian restaurant, will give a new face to the historic yellow building at 2434 Mission St. The venue used to be home to Big Glass, an Irish bar owned by Daniel McCarthy back when the Mission was an Irish neighborhood, and later became a retail space. As Michael Nolan, a reader and contributor, pointed out. Daniel was...

Almost Sunrise: A difficult but worthwhile documentary journey

On its face, Almost Sunrise, which is showing Saturday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the Vogue Theater as part of SF DocFest, is a film about two veterans who trek from Milwaukee to Los Angeles to raise awareness about trauma in vets. But everyone stands to learn something from this film.   Make no mistake, the documentary by director...

Three premieres at Brava! For Women in the Arts

This summer, Brava! For Women in the Arts will premiere one film and two plays as part of the theater’s Summer of Xicanas series. Two of the events examine Argentina’s Dirty War, a period in the 70s and 80s when the country’s military dictatorship persecuted tens of thousands suspected political opponents. The first is the film “Observando al Observador (Observing the Observer)”,...

‘True Conviction,’ doc on American justice system at Roxie tonight

With 166 people exonerated, 2016 set the record for Americans wrongly convicted of crimes that they did not commit. Mission-based filmmaker Jamie Meltzer masterfully puts three human faces to this statistic. Over the course of five years, Meltzer followed a trio of innocent ex cons on an often painful but liberating journey to reclaim their lives, capturing their triumphs and...

Mission resident turns a lens on Parkmerced in documentary short

You might have heard the Mission be called “ground zero” of gentrification in the city, but one local resident decided to explore a different microcosm of affordable housing loss: Parkmerced. His short documentary on the impending demolition of the housing there, “Who Killed Parkmerced?” will be shown at DocFest on Sunday and Tuesday. Nick Pasquariello, a Mission District resident and...

Firefighters’ documentary of Gartland blaze offers history and tribute

Some San Franciscans remember a time when the corner of 16th and Valencia streets was a graveyard. Memorials filled the empty pit and the walls to commemorate the estimated 14 people (the final number is still unknown) who perished in a fire at the Gartland Hotel on the night/morning of December 12, 1975. Archival photos of the scene look eerily...

Returning in its 16th year, ‘SF DocFest’ is around the corner

From activism to the environment, from spirituality to Rock’n’Roll, this year’s repertoire of real life stories told in 55 features and 55 short films screening at the SF Documentary Film Festival is sure to pique a range of interests. On Wednesday morning, the festival’s organizers gave a sneak peek of some of the featured material at a press conference held...

Local activist, arrested more than 30 times, subject of mini-documentary

With a rap sheet that spans some three decades, one of the activists who famously hoisted a 75-foot “Resist” banner from a crane behind the White House last November is now the subject of a short documentary. The protest denouncing President Donald Trump’s policies made national headlines and landed Greenpeace activist Karen Topakian and a handful of others, including local...

Chicano International Film Festival visits 24th Street this weekend

A film festival highlighting Chicano work and perspectives in Los Angeles will have a sister event in the Mission District for the first time in its more than 20-year run, bringing a party, panelists, and a screening to 24th Street on April 8 and 9. Organizations all along 24th Street will host thematically fitting events for the festival all day on Saturday, like...

Film Review: Mission and Chinatown Struggles Most Compelling in “Company Town”

Progressive politicos, activists, and other movie-goers descended on the Roxie Theater on Friday night for what has become a San Francisco tradition in recent years: lamenting tech’s influence on the city, particularly its financial takeover of local politics. Supervisors David Campos and Aaron Peskin, State Senator Mark Leno, author and journalist David Talbot, and various aides, journalists, and local activists...

New Film “Company Town” Explores Tech’s Influence on San Francisco

The tech industry, its money, and its political influence are hitting the silver screen next week in a new film critical of the “sharing economy” and the influence of Silicon Valley on San Francisco. “Company Town,” which will have its San Francisco premiere at the Roxie Theater on Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m., takes places over a few tumultuous weeks in...

24th Street Art Crawl Returns This Sunday!

On every second Sunday of the month, the 14 blocks along 24th Street between Valencia Street and Potrero Avenue come to life with music, art, poetry and cultural activities in a day-long art crawl called Paseo Artístico. A collaboration between Calle 24 and a string of other organizations, the free, all-ages event is a new project that launched in early...

Filming on Valencia St. to Block Parking Spaces

Cameras will be rolling inside of a private Valencia Street residence on Friday where scenes for an upcoming TV series, “Chance”, are set to be filmed. Featuring “House” star Hugh Laurie, “Chance” focuses on a San Francisco-based neuropsychiatrist and is slated to launch on October 19 on the streaming service Hulu. Flyers alerting Mission residents of the temporary filming activity indicate that...