Charles Cadiz took this photo in Bernal Heights looking over downtown San Francisco and Mission Bay. Photo: Charles Cadiz
Despite the pandemic, the long-running outdoor cinema series in Bernal Heights will happen in 2020. But like most cultural events, it will look a little different.
“After 16 seasons of presenting free film screenings in our neighborhood parks and alternative venues including a motorcycle shop, art gallery, cafe, butcher shop, library, and a laundromat," says BHOC co-founder Anne Batmale, “the pandemic forced us to re-imagine how to present a Bernal-local, outdoor experience and still keep our audience, volunteers and crew safe — thus the idea of a pop-up drive-in.”
The screenings will happen on October 9 and 16 at the South Slope Cinema pop-up drive-in, located at Alemany Market Plaza. Admission will be free, with Eventbrite reservations required. They will also replay the four award-winning films in a ceremony on Tuesday, October 27 via streaming.
Local San Francisco stories are heavily featured in the line-up of animation, documentaries and other short films. "Ted Naifeh - comic book artist" spotlights a San Francisco cartoonist who overcame a learning disability. "There Is No Standing Still, Part 1" features a collaborative performance from dancers from Alonzo King's Lines Ballet who have been separated by the pandemic. "Sad Song Karaoke at El Rio" documents a night at the beloved Mission St. bar. And "The Twilight of Alex Nieto" recounts how Bernal Heights native Nieto was killed by four SFPD officers in the neighborhood, with footage from his parents memorializing his life.