This is the trailer for Joshua Weaver’s a documentary-in-progress about the now-silent Skip’s Tavern on Cortland Street:
From the outside, Skips Tavern looks like any working class bar. Slightly out of place in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Bernal Heights, Skip’s Tavern is a vestige, a throwback to an earlier version of this community. This place is well established and has a large following. In fact any night of the week the place is jamming. The flavor is blues, pool, and cheap drinks, and it attracts a diverse crowd.
The Tavern is a movie about Skips. We visit, listen to the music and mingle with the patrons’. Also we will look into why this place exists, what has made it work the way it does, who made this happen, and why it attracts such a cross section of the San Francisco community. We will hear personal stories and through this we will find out about the man named Regi, who passed last year. We will find out about his legacy, and why he is missed so much that there is now a permanent altar to his memory across from the small stage.
We will also hear about the struggle with the neighborhood. As the area gentrifies, Skip’s has had troubles with noise complaints.
At end we will have a deeper under standing of this cultural icon, the people who built it, and those who will keep it going. We will see Skips as a model for society, a place where people so easily look past differences to come together for the love of music.