First Cut: 5 Blocks

A work-in-progress sneak peek from SFGFF's 2016 Filmmaker Residents: Join us for a preview of clips from this upcoming film and a discussion with the filmmakers on their creative process.


Robert Cortlandt, Dan Goldes





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SFGFF Film Program:

Green Film Fest Screening - April 16, 2016


All over North America, city centers are decaying. In San Francisco, an unusual coalition of artists, city officials, property owners and residents is working to reverse a 40 year decline on central Market Street through the convergence of arts and technology, while working to preserve the culture of the neighborhood. But will this revitalization effort unwittingly displace the current low-income residents and small businesses - something no one involved wants? Will the reality of pricing people out defeat the promise of lifting people up? Can political and ideological enemies put aside past differences and work together to make real change?

5 Blocks began production in 2011 and release is expected in mid-to-late 2016. The filmmakers are current residents in the Media Arts Incubator Program at Ninth Street Independent Film Center, supported by SFGFF with generous funding from San Francisco Film Commission.

DISCUSSION WITH: Dan Goldes, director/producer; Robert Cortlandt, director/producer; Erin Palmquist, director of photography