San Francisco

SF Urban Film Fest

Film Screening


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Join us for the second annual SF Urban Film Fest, a weeklong festival of planning and urban design as portrayed on video. This year’s extensive combination of film screenings and in-depth panel discussions will focus on the interwoven thematic bands of dystopia, utopia and resistance and reclamation.

Check out the film fest's website for tickets and more information >>


Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at SPUR

12:30 pm - Lunchtime Forum

Social Impact Storytelling: The Lava Mae Story with Filmmaker Ken Fisher and Doniece Sandoval, Executive Director, Lava Mae

6:00 pm - Film Screening/Filmmaker Q&A

  • “Mannahatta” (short film, part of upcoming Robert Moses/Jane Jacobs opera)
  • “TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui” (full-length documentary)  -Q&A with Filmmaker Kyung Lee and Professor Eugene Tssui, Visionary Architect

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at SPUR

6:00 pm - Film Screening/Panel Discussion

  • “La Haine (Hate)” (French film with English subtitles starring Vincent Cassel of “Oceans 12” and “Ocean’s 13”)
  • Panel Discussion: “Can Urban Planning Create Economic Opportunities That Are Equitable?”
    •  Rachel Brahinsky, Assistant Professor, USF
    •  Pedro Lange Churion, Professor, USF

Thursday, November 5, 2015 at SPUR (co-presented with the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco)

6:00 pm - Film Screening/Panel Discussion

  • “Thomas Hirschhorn: The Gramsci Monument” (U.S. Premiere, full-length documentary)
  • Panel Discussion: “Artists in the City - Provocateurs or Catalysts?”
  • Ronald Sundstrom, Associate Professor, USF
  • Brian Weiner, Associate Professor, USF
  • James Rojas, Artist/Urban Planner

Friday, November 6, 2015 at Presentation Hall, USF

Free Event

5:30 pm - Fest at the Film Fest: Reception with food and drink

6:30 pm - Special Presentation and Film Screening

  • Colin Marshall’s SFUFF commissioned video essay on the enduring dystopian urbanist vision of “Blade Runner”
  • “Blade Runner” (the Director’s Cut of Ridley Scott’s classic film )

Saturday, November 7, 2015

10:30 am - Walking Tour

  • 2.5 Hour Walking Tour with Joel Pomerantz, Seep City
  • Meet at Lake and 12th Ave park restrooms
  • $15.00

Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Kanbar Forum, The Exploratorium

1:00 pm - Film Screenings and Special Presentations

  • “The Cerebral City” and “Souvenirs” (short films)
  • “Lost Rivers” (full-length documentary)
  • Special Presentations:
    • Emily Schlickern and Kristina Loring, Designers, Ghost Arroyos, Market Street Prototyping Festival
    • Rafael F. Garcia, Biologist/Project Manager, SFPUC, Upper Yosemite Creek Daylighting
  • ​$15.00

Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)

10:30 am - 1:00 pm - Basic Storytelling and Film Screening

  • Keynote: Joaquin Torres, Deputy Director, Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development
  • “Point of Pride” (short film)
  • Workshop: Learn Basic Storytelling
  • Half-Day, $40

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Guerrilla Filmmaking Workshop and Participant Film Showcase

  • “Hacking History” with Filmmakers Dimitri Moore and Keith Battle (use historical and new footage to create mini-film about the BayView/Hunter’s Point using your iPhone).
  • Full-Day, $75

Refund Policy

Sponsorship payments: Will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

Auxiliary Services

If, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to [email protected] or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two business days before the event.