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Screening at the PUC


On Wednesday, September 17 at 4 p.m. The Factory will be presenting the 4 Community Filmmaking Partnership documentaries produced this summer (Pueblote, Not Just A Tree, The Youth of Chinatown, and The EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park) at the SF Public Utilities Commission at 525 Golden Gate Ave.

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On Friday September 5th 2014 the Factory had TWO screenings…

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Film Crawl at Progressive Grounds Cafe in SF (Bernal Heights)
Hour long screenings happen at 7, 8 and 9 pm 

First Friday Shorts at The New Parkway in Oakland
Screening starts at 6 pm

All of these screenings were very well attended and featured the Factory filmmakers talking about their films. 

Rachel, Isabela, Claire and Sarah celebrated the end of the Factory summer program at the Exploratorium!

Last week the Factory celebrated 10 years of filmmaking along with this summer’s Community Filmmaking Partnerships. 

For more pictures from the Factory 10 Year Celebration

(Photos by Ian Davis)

Celebrating a Decade of The Factory 

On the occasion of The Factory’s ten year anniversary, current and past participants reflect on what the program means to them.

Made by Nicole Tang 

Ian Olds, director of The Fixer talks to the Factory students about his experiences making movies his way. 


A film by Esteban Noyola, Marielle Boland and Cyrus Bautista.

People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (PODER) is an environmental justice non-profit organization that is based in the Mission and the Excelsior Districts of San Francisco, California. PODER’s youth program, Urban Campesinos, strives to make social and environmental change in their community. Part of The Factory’s Summer 2014 Community Filmmaking Partnership. 

Not Just a Tree: Friends of the Urban Forest

A film by Reyna Colt-Lacayo, Marwaun Brooks, Mauricio Romero, and Walden Smith. 

A short documentary about Friends of The Urban Forest (FUF), a non profit based in San Francisco. FUF teaches teenagers how to plant and maintain trees in urban settings through their “Green Teens” program. They focus on spreading awareness about the environmental issues through hands on training. This film follows the people and places involved with Friends of the Urban Forest, and how they are a crucial organization to the maintenance of San Francisco’s urban greenery. Part of The Factory’s Summer 2014 Community Filmmaking Partnership. 

The EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park

Directed by Jane Huff, Rachel Lin, and Isabela Reid

The EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park is a short documentary about the internship program at the EcoCenter, an off-the-grid building focused on environmental awareness and education. The internship, offered to high school and college students, gives youth from San Francisco the opportunity to gain hands-on experience regarding sustainability; specifically in terms of waste, water, and power. Part of The Factory’s Summer 2014 Community Filmmaking Partnership. 

The Youth of Chinatown

A film by Elizabeth Hewlett, Judy Lee, Lily Yu, and Marisa Lee.

"The Youth of Chinatown" is a film following the youth participants at the Chinatown Community Development Center in San Francisco. Through the San Francisco Public Utility Commission the youth learn about relevant environmental issues such energy conservation and the drought in California. This summer they attended workshops and field trips and gave their knowledge back to the Chinatown community in hopes to encourage more people to be conscious about water, energy, and waste. Part of The Factory’s Summer 2014 Community Filmmaking Partnership.  

A Harmonious Cacophony

Directed by Isabela Reid and Marielle Boland

A Harmonious Cacophony is a short documentary featuring Isaiah Zagar, a Philadelphia-based artist, as he teaches San Luís Potosí locals the art of mosaic. Locals learn each step in creating a mural that will enhance the city and park. The mosaic process is compared to the mosaic itself: a bit messy, but beautiful nonetheless - a harmonious cacophony.

Almost done. We celebrated Marielle’s birthday on the last day. All projects needed to be done and exported by the end of the day.