Sidewalk Cinema 2019 Recap 

Thank you to all of our neighbors, friends, visitors, and partners who showed up last night! 

Our first Sidewalk Cinema event turned out to be a pretty magical evening filled with cinema, music, and community! 

Sidewalk Cinema is a program from the creative partnership between the Lower Polk Community Benefit District and the SF Urban Film Fest that brings a series of screenings to the newly renovated Fern Alley in the Lower Polk neighborhood of San Francisco. 

In this first Sidewalk Cinema event we chose films that  centered on explorations of ‘Third Spaces’ –  parklets, alleyways, sidewalks, parks, bars, and public libraries – that serve as places for building and strengthening communities, as well as the setting for inward exploration.  

The first film started with the short film “Cerebral City” by John Moody (filmmaker turned M.I.T. trained urban planner) about a young woman finds herself as she discovers Melbourne, Australia. The main attraction of the evening was the film, “Twelve Pianos” in which San Francisco resident Mauro Ffortissimo and his band of piano lovers push and pull pianos into the most unlikely places, including bumpy sidewalks and an abandoned building, to find inspiration and commune with music, city and nature. 

Mmaro Ffortissimo and Dean Mermell were both in attendance, and invited several other local musicians to take part to fill Fern Alley and the neighborhood with music and joy. 

We were also lucky that District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin stopped by and said some great things – including an exciting update on the future renovation of Fern West, just across the street! 

We could not have done this without our generous sponsors – Lower Polk Neighbors, Martin Building Company, Grubstake, and Plan-it Interactive Games,  who provided the high-quality LED screen and audio that made the event a huge success. 

Check out some photos and videos below, and stay tuned for the next event!