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We're honored to have been selected for a year-long residency in the Ninth Street Media Arts Incubator Program. 

"In its fifth year, the Incubator Program nurtures groundbreaking independent media projects, sharing our unique collaboration with more of the independent film & media community."

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Announcing Ninth Street's Media Arts Incubator Program 2014-2015 Participants

Ninth Street Independent Film Center is pleased to announce the five independent filmmakers selected to participate in the Media Arts Incubator Program for one year beginning September 1st.  They include:

Sasha Friedlander/Mudflow 
The film follows Indonesia's recent Presidential election, set against the backdrop of one of the largest man-made environmental disasters in recent history,  the Lapindo mud catastrophe in East Java, Indonesia. The film raises an array of complex and difficult questions about justice, democracy and under-regulated corporate greed, all critical questions of our time.

Dan Goldes/5 Blocks 
A documentary film about the transformational changes taking place on San Francisco’s Mid-Market Street. Once known as “The Great White Way of San Francisco” it has, over the last 40 years, become a blighted no-man’s land.  Now, a seemingly grass-roots coalition is attempting to do what the previous efforts could not: use the arts and technology to bring economic development to the area while lifting up the poor and marginalized who already live and work there. If successful, San Francisco will create a historic first – but given the stakes, the risk of failure is huge.

Meika Rouda/My Peeps Are Whiteys
An exploration of identity and how we become who we are. Meika Rouda was adopted as a newborn and never knew her biological background until she was in her thirties and trying to make a family of her own. After learning of her ethnic background she came to realize that who she identified with was her Jewish adoptive parents more than her biological family’s ethnic make up. Her search engages audiences to consider how they view their own identity and what makes you, you.

Jack Walsh/Feelings Are Facts
At the age of 25, she took her first dance class.  At the age of 28, she changed dance forever.  Feelings Are Facts chronicles the remarkable life and career of postmodern dance maverick Yvonne Rainer.  As a choreographer, performer, filmmaker and writer, Rainer has been a key figure in the American avant-garde for five decades.  

David Santamaria/Harriet 
The film is a character study of Harriet Goldstein Colarusso. A very attractive, Jewish woman, she grew up in Brooklyn, and was the first female cab driver in New York.  As a result, she was discovered by a New York columnist. Soon after a story about her was published (in the dailies), she appeared on "The Johnny Carson Show” and “Who's Line Is It Anyway”.  The story follows her life, dreams, mistakes and hardships as seen through her eyes and the eyes of her colorful siblings. 

Ninth Street’s Media Arts Incubator Program offers access to workspace, knowledge sharing, outreach opportunities, networking events, meeting and exhibition space on an annual basis. In its fifth year, the Incubator Program nurtures groundbreaking independent media projects, sharing our unique collaboration with more of the independent film & media community.

Ninth Street is able to offer this annual residency through the generous supportunding from the San Francisco Film Commission.  Each resident filmmaker is provided 100 sq ft of individual workspace, access to all shared spaces and 5 hours of free meeting or exhibition per month in the Ninth Street screening room. More info...

A public filmmaker "Meet & Greet" event is being planned for October, with additional details to follow.


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