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February 2021

The City in History: The Use of Film in Planning & What We Learned from the World of Tomorrow | 7th Annual SF Urban Film Fest

February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost: free
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 1

At its core, Lewis Mumford’s pioneering 1939 documentary film “The City” is a utopian appeal to reason and emotion. The development of cities parallel tracked the rise of motion pictures: rural to urban, silent to sound — serving as witnesses to our changing lifestyles, experiences, and attitudes about an increasingly urban world. In this interactive program, we will be viewing “The City” and discussing the use of film throughout the history of urban planning to examine where it succeeded, where

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Times Like These: An Inflection Point for Food & Our Cities | 7th Annual SF Urban Film Fest

February 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost: free
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 1

There is nothing more essential than food. The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the social status of those working in agriculture & food service; yet there seems to be little economic relief on offer for the essential workers responsible for our most basic necessities. It should come as no surprise that, according to the United Nations, 80% of all food produced is consumed in urban areas – emphasizing relationships across the rural/urban dichotomy. Whether on a policy or community level, from

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Storytelling Within the Political Machine: Examining CA Ballot Proposition 15’s Advertisements | 7th Annual SF Urban Film Fest

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost: free
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 0.75

If you voted in California more likely than not you saw at least one thirty second advertisement featuring voters and those affected by proposed legislation sharing their stories. While particularly persuasive these stories can lead to the spread of disinformation. When it comes to the legislative issues that affect our cities television and – more recently – social media advertising may have become the dominant tools in shaping voters minds and ultimately their ballots. At the core of these powerful

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Rebuilding Paradise Panel Discussion | 7th Annual SF Urban Film Festival

February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost: free
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 1.0

In this program, we will examine the wisdom of rebuilding towns at the edge of the wilderness as wildfires now have no seasons. The controversy around the rebuilding of the town of Paradise, California raises questions of home, community, as well as equity. We will discuss who gets to say which and how towns get rebuilt, and for whom. After the state of California spent close to $2 billion on the Camp Fire clean-up, is Paradise safer from future wildfires?

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People-Led Solutions: Models of Our Shared Future

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: free
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 1.5

As our country experiences a wave of evictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, many residents are experiencing homelessness for the first time in their lives. Not everyone has a contingency plan. People can find themselves precariously living in dangerous unfamiliar environments when lacking resources and information. Homelessness can be a lonesome journey. But through community, advocacy, friendship and love, these films shed light on solutions unhoused residents have found for themselves to build home on the streets. Build community. Build

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Crisis of Care | 7th Annual SF Urban Film Festival

February 20 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: free
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 1.0

2020 saw the popularization of mutual aid into the mainstream. It’s a beautiful way to live in connection – acknowledging our interdependencies and taking care of our neighbors while allowing others to care for us. At the same time, it is a time-consuming, exhausting way to live long-term. Why do we have to do mutual aid? More importantly, which communities have relied on mutual aid for survival long before COVID? Which systems are threatened when we the people facilitate care

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How We Mourn, Where We Remember | 7th Annual SF Urban Film Festival

February 20 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost: free
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 1.5

This program seeks to examine the questions of the purpose of monuments, memorials, and sites of gathering in our cities. If memorials and monuments are how we share and shape a collective narrative, how are certain narratives being told? In what ways can memorials and rituals be a space of joy, to generate new ways of what we want to see in the future and to make these practices active sites of reconciling the truth about our past. Looking at

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Where the Pavement Ends Panel Discussion | 7th Annual SF Urban Film Festival

February 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost: free
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 1.5

In this film and panel discussion program, we consider how racial divisions play out and are reinforced in concrete and asphalt, as cities continue to set exclusion in stone. The concrete seams demarcating communities are often sites of conflict and brutality when they are policed to fortify separation. But possibilities also exist at these seams. Possibilities challenging the divisions, and declaring that all of our neighborhoods and the people in them deserve the right to flourish. Join us to discuss

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