Lights, Camera, Action! The 2011 Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Festival Begins

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema @ Precita Park

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema

In Park City, they have Sundance. In Colorado, there’s Telluride. And here in San Francisco’s finest rustic mountain village, we have our own celebration of homegrown cinema: The Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Festival.

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema offers free screenings of Bernal Heights and local filmmakers’ works in neighborhood parks and open spaces to increase the exposure and recognition of local artists, to heighten appreciation by neighborhood and citywide residents and to bring community together for the enjoyment of our parks and neighborhood resources.

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema 2011

There are a few differences, of course. Those other festivals show their films in, you know, theaters. We show ours outside. They are overrun with paparazzi and creepy Hollywood types; Our festival is dog-friendly and BYOB. Sundance takes place in January, and Teluride kicks off early September. And wouldn’t you know it… Bernalwood’s festival happens in early September too. Which means it’s that time of year, right now.

So pack a blanket, don your most cutting-edge polar fleece, and get ready to enjoy our very own glamorously unglamorous film event. The festival kicks off with a star-studded opening night gala tomorrow night, Aug. 31, at the world-famous New Old Clam House on Bayshore, before moving on to other sites around the neighborhood on subsequent cinema-packed evenings.

Heeeeeeere’s you complete 2011 Bernal Heights Outdoor Film Festival schedule:

Wednesday, August 31 – Sunday, September 4

5 FREE Nights / 5 Bernal Sites


Download the 2011 Film Lineup

Wednesday 8/31 — 6:30–9:30 pm
Opening Night at The Old Clam House
299 Bayshore Boulevard
Reception, Films & Music
Benefit for Bernal History Project. Suggested donation at the door of $15 includes two (2) drink tickets

6:30–7:30 pm Music & Reception
Mister Odom and the Odom Poles
7:30–8:00 pm Awards Presentation
8:00–9:00 pm Film Screening


Thursday 9/1 — 6:30–9:30 pm
Block Party on Tiffany Avenue
between 29th & Duncan Streets
in partnership with Mobile Arts Platform
Outdoor Films, Music & Fun

6:30–7:30 pm Live Music & Activities
The Patsy Chords
Make Your Own Film
Plant a Seed
7:30–9:30 pm Film Screening


Friday 9/2 — 5:00–10:00 pm
Film Crawl on Cortland Avenue
between Bennington & Anderson Streets
Music, Lounge, Films & After Party

6:00–8:00 pm Red Hill Books —Headquarters & Lounge
401 Cortland
Michael Groh and Ted Savarese
7:00, 8:00 & 9:00 pm Film Screenings
Simultaneous presentations at 7 sites. Screening times at some sites are limited. Check the venue film listing for times.

– Progressive Grounds — 400 Cortland
– Four Star Video — 402 Cortland
– Kingmond Young Studio — 416 Cortland
 Bernal Yoga — 461 Cortland
– Bernal Branch Library — 500 Cortland
– Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center —
515 Cortland
– Inclusions Gallery — 627 Cortland

– After Party at The Lucky Horseshoe 
453 Cortland (21 years and over venue)


Saturday 9/3 — 6:30–9:30 pm
Under the Stars at Precita Park
Folsom Street at Precita Avenue
Meet-the-Fillmmakers, Music & Films

6:30–7:30 pm Live Music & Reception
Classic Rain featuring Karen Huggins
7:30–9:30 pm Film Screening


Sunday 9/4 — 6:30–9:30 pm
Closing Night at El Rio
3158 Mission Street — 21 years and over venue
Meet-the-Fillmmakers & Films
Suggested donation at the door of $10 includes
two (2) food tickets
No-host bar; No cover

6:30–7:30 pm Filmmakers Reception
7:30–9:30 pm Film Screening


Free admission. Seating at all screenings is on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and low-back beach chairs for outdoor venues. Each site is easily accessible to neighbors and citywide residents on foot or directly by BART 24th Street and SF Muni bus lines #12, #14, #24, #49 and #67.

PHOTOS: From top, slowpoke_taiwan, Guillaume Lebleu, and Telstar Logistics

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