Saturday, September 5, 2009

Neighbors organize Bayview Outdoor Film Fest

Shane King, QGI Co-Founder and filmmaker is shown at the controls at last year's film fest.

Community spirit will trump fear in Bayview on Saturday, September 12th in the middle of Bayview’s award-winning urban gardens where the Bayview Outdoor Film Festival at the Quesada Gardens will be held for the 4th year in a row.

Short films about the community and classic cartoons will be shown at dusk, preceded by a feast of local food, music, performance, and more. It all starts at 6:30pm. The event is completely free through generous donations and volunteerism from the community.

Once again, filmmaker and Quesada Gardens Initiative Co-Founder, Shane King, will be the video jockey for the evening. The event features performances from the Golden Gate Chorus and the SF Fringe Festival. Jackrabbit Catering and youth from Old Skool Café will prepare and serve free locally-sourced food. 

“It’s a major highlight of the year for residents and friends in our part of Bayview,” said King. Along with the gardens, public art projects, and other community-building projects we’ve led, the film fest has changed the quality of life for all of us.”

Most Bayview residents never leave the safety of home at night to take to their neighborhood’s notorious streets. Yet hundreds of residents have bucked the status quo by joining in one of the most unique events anywhere, and to watch films projected onto a screen at the Quesada Gardens’ stunning community mural gathering space at Quesada and Newhall at the bottom of the Newhall steps…right in the heart of the neighborhood.

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