Re: [Frameworks] Moving to San Francisco

From: Brook Hinton <>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 10:50:18 -0700

Chris Kennedy's observations pretty much reflect my own experience here.

There are varying degrees of open-ness to new ideas in San Francisco. ATA
and Other Cinema are fantastic and accessible. SF Cinematheque is still
going. Smaller venues are popping up or continuing and expanding which is

But San Francisco won't hand you anything. And frankly, there is a ceiling
here for any type of creative endeavor. In the end, this is a city of
consumers more than a city of producers - but its such a small city that
this doesn't always translate to great opportunities for producers of
non-mainstream work. The primary audience for moving image art here is other
moving image artists. Same with other underground or non-mainstream forms.
It also helps to be somewhat extroverted and comfortable being part of a
defined "scene" - those of us who stay and don't fit those models do keep
working in our hermetic ways, but often focus outside of the city.

The cost of living is high and it's a real challenge for any artist.

You can create a scene here. You can have an influence on existing scenes. I
hope you do if you come here! But it's neither Portland nor New York, to
cite what to me to represent two vital poles of the creative opportunity
spectrum in the US.

 Brook Hinton

On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 5:08 AM, tooth hinckley jr <> wrote:

> "There is also a new venue in west Oakland called "Black Hole" which (I
> believe) promotes itself primarily via Facebook. Best just to go there
> (Facebook that is, assuming if you are part of the Facebook hive mind) and
> search for them"
> thanks for the mention, but i use facebook as tool, like any other, however
> i would hesitate to identify myself or the theatre with any "hive mind
> mentality" such as that. I always have said if you don't learn how to use a
> tool you become one. sorry if i seem defensive, these are my ramblings of a
> recovering "luddite" perhaps, and once again, honestly though, i'm assuming
> you meant no ill will and thanks
> our primary source of "promoting ourselves" would probably be through
> extensive word of mouth and flyering. which we did before our "web presence"
> and will continue to do throughout and in collaboration with various online
> pathways.
> we are indeed new, and just getting on our feet as a regular public venue.
> we also have a blog for announcements which is
> I am also at work on a regular print publication as an extension of the
> microcinema as well.
> we have free tuesday screenings and project both digital and celluloid
> (usually 16mm). we are working on starting to have monthly group showings
> and are also beginning to host paying gigs for the work of touring films and
> filmmakers
> if you would like to get in touch or learn more about the place email me at
> or stop by the warehouse (or send a letter!) at 1038 24th street/ Oakland,
> CA/94607
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Brook Hinton
Moving Image and Sound Maker
Associate Professor / Assistant Chair
Film Program at CCA
California College of the Arts

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