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A few sources of inspiration come to mind (aesthetically) when I think about how I want to go about filming on the 26th: Humans of New York, Wendy MacNaughton's Meanwhile in SF, and The Bold Italic's Chinatown Sartorialist. Curious to know how you'll approach your day.

Here's what's going down this weekend...

-A pageant called Mr. Hyphen tomorrow night at the Marines' Memorial Theater, hosted by Hyphen Magazine. Hyphen has been a great partner communicating what they'd like to capture on the 26th (in collaboration with CAAM - ranging from the new immigrant experience to talking with restaurant and hotel workers in Chinatown to art & activism at the Manilatown I-Hotel Center to the different options of transportation used by the local AAPI community. online radio interview on Sunday 2-3pm in which hosts Tiffany Yau and Victoire Poumadere will ask us questions about the One Day in SF project. Here's a write up about SF's "best new (underground) station."

-Backyard Films Sunday 5-10pm in Bernal Heights. I mentioned this in a previous post. Definitely worth checking out if you've never been. Here's the info and to RSVP.

Recent articles & op-ed pieces I came across and found really interesting:

SF's Class War (visual/graphic data research)

Story of an Oakland artist crafting tiny homes for local homeless

Homeless GoPro Project (I've actually talked to Adam and the founders of the project and there are some ideas ruminating about collaborating on the 26th)

Tech and Community: a #OneCity Approach

What do owls have to do with SF's Housing Crisis?

Oakland Real Estate Watch

Solutions to Stop Displacement?

Things we'd love for participants to capture footage of:

-A child being born
-A wedding
- A birthday
- Live music being played or a live concert
- Footage from every neighborhood and of every major ethnic group in SF
- Arial or Drone footage
- High speed footage
- Cityscape time lapses (Pro tip: Karl the Fog loves to be filmed)
- Someone capturing interviews of all 10 questions all day

The Bay Area really isn't lacking activities already scheduled for 4/26. Here's further proof (much thanks to One Day in SF volunteers Lily Yu and Carly McCarthy for pooling some of these together):

SF Bicycle Coalition Orange Bicycle Tour (Dutch Kings Day)

SF Bicycle Coalition Bike Party & Organized Ride to Bicycle Film Festival

Hospitality House Community Arts + UrbanStreet Films presents OralNOW Stories & Mapping Project @ [Freespace]

The San Jose Tech Museum's Open Make Day

SF International Film Festival (filmmaker & festival-goer One Day interviews @ the 2nd floor bar of the Sundance Kabuki Theater, 12:45p-4pm)

BAYCAT's free premiere of Endangered: A Healthy Bayview for All (Screening & Panel at the Roxie)

SF vs Cleveland (Giants game)

Ferry Building Farmer's Market

Treasure Island Flea Market

Alemany Farmer's Market

Grand Lake Farmer's Market

SF Anti-Displacement Coalition Act Now! Our City, Our Homes! rally

Public Intimacy meeting 

SF Jazz Center

SF Lyric Chorus

March for Babies!

Family House Speakeasy Gala

Opening Day on the Bay

Advanced Wellness Class

Secret Improv Society

Dash Improv Show

The Candlelight Club: Class of 2015 Junior Formal

First Graduate's Discovery Day

DJ Battle & DMC SCRATCH Competition

Haiti Solidarity Celebration and Fundraiser

Chivalry Club 

The Great Gatsby Night


Earth Day Beach Cleanup

It's a Jungle Down There

Union Square Fire Dancing Expo

Church of 8 Wheels Roller Disco

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Sending a very special thank you to Adrianne Chu who captured this footage last Thursday and Hailey Yang who edited this in a flash (took 3 hrs of footage and cut it down to 1:43)! Nice work ladies!

Adrianne and Hailey are local freelancers and available for hire on projects where you might need a solid shooter and/or editor. Feel free to contact them. They are members of One Day in SF and their profiles can be found under the Community tab.

One Day In SF from Hailey Yang on Vimeo.

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Profile Spotlight: Rebekah Fergusson

I remember meeting Rebekah in person one rainy afternoon maybe 2 years ago. Prior to our Divisadero coffee date, I had attended a Backyard Films screening in Bernal Heights on a rare balmy summer night and was in awe of the shorts that were curated to be screened that night. I remember leaving the screening thinking, Wow, there IS a film community here and it impressed me how un-LA the crowd seemed (sorry LA).

At the time, I was newly freelancing, fresh out of grad school, and trying to navigate through the city's film and video scene. For anyone who lives here, you know that a lot of startups, tech ideas and companies, and industrial projects help to pay the bills but you're always working on at least 5 other "passion projects" that don't pay a dime. Oh, Bay Area.

Rebekah is a co-founder of a local Facebook group and forum called Bay Area Filmmakers Happy Hour. She shares the title with fellow Ambassador Vanessa Carr and a talented cinematographer Carlo Silvio. The three can attribute their group's success to the fact that while the film community in the Bay can feel divided, there are a lot of individuals who want to connect, share ideas, resources, and even paid gigs. Imagine that. I know I have profoundly benefitted from having joined this group and I've met some really incredible people at their screenings.

Rebekah also directed Pelada, a documentary about the global game of pick up soccer which did very well at several film festivals including South by Southwest. She also went behind the camera for The Case Against 8, which recently announced winning the Directing Award for US Documentary at Sundance this year.

We are very happy to have Rebekah on board to film for One Day in SF on April 26th. Feel free to stop by and say hello to her here or in person at the next Backyard Films happening this Sunday, April 20th. For more info and to RSVP- go here

A Sunday in San Francisco from Rebekah Fergusson on Vimeo.

Who are you and what is your profession?
My name is Rebekah Fergusson, and my title always seems to be changing.  I'm a documentary filmmaker, but I'm also a freelance producer, a DP, and sometimes an editor.  I think the essence of what I do for a living has to do with story, ideas, and the logistics of making those a reality on film.

Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?
I lived in North Carolina until I was 23, when I moved out to CA to make my first documentary.  A lot of my time growing up was spent on a soccer field.  I played soccer from five years old through college and after.  

What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
A soccer teammate of mine at Duke was taking documentary film classes and turned her camera onto our team.  I suddenly realized that the stories that I noticed behind the scenes could be teased out and captured through documentary.  The first stories I did had something to do with sports.  Sports were a lens, a language through which I could capture stories and characters I thought were compelling.

Who or what do you most admire?
Anyone making a living as an artist.  

What do you love about SF?
That you can dress the way you want, do what you want, be what you want, and nobody cares, or if they do, they are usually genuinely interested.

What do you fear most for SF?
That the open, exploring, curious, creative vibe of the city will get lost in the din of business and competition...and that there will be more people in suits.

What do you hope for SF in the next 20 years?
That we find our own path to being a city that is both a business and creative center. That we start taking care of the people on the bottom as much as those at the top. And, I hope that filmmakers and artists will still crave to come to SF to find themselves and their inspiration.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Adam through my friend Justin Chin a few years back when Justin would host these really entertaining and intimate dinner parties at his house in Oakland. Justin always invited guests who either worked in the film or video world or just creatives he felt should sit across from one another at a table during some point in their lives.

Over the years, Adam and I stayed in touch. When he and Matt (his business partner) started inviting filmmakers, film students, and documentary junkies alike to check out what they'd call a weekly "Doc Night" at the Secret Alley, we rekindled our friendship and I started attending their screenings. It was then that I knew they would be great to collaborate with for this One Day in SF project.

So without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to Matt Barkin and Adam Ducharme of Vibrant Films.

The Bliss Project: Truth is Beauty from Vibrant Films on Vimeo.

Who are you and what is your profession?

M: Matt Barkin. I am a creative director and filmmaker at Vibrant Films in San Francisco.

A: Adam Ducharme. I am a cinematographer first and foremost. Jack of all trades video guy second. 

Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?

M: I grew up in Riverside, CA, about an hour and a half east of LA as an only child in a sprawling desert suburb. The cultural and artistic landscape in Riverside was non-existent so I ended up turning to the internet to find a creative outlet. My friends and I figured out how to pirate cartoons like Dragon Ball Z and the Simpsons, which we would would re-edit into funny music videos. I never thought it would lead to a career choice, but after I decided to drop the idea of law school, I switched my major from philosophy to media studies at UCSD and started to write and edit again. 

A: I grew up on Cape Cod and then central Massachusetts. I had the traditional New England life of skiing in the winter and running around outside with friends in the summer. I also spent a lot of time in the water. 

What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

M: From a very early age, I found refuge in stories. My room looked like a library of fiction but it wasn't until I watched The Five Obstructions in a college elective class that I even entertained the idea of visual storytelling. In the film by Lars Von Trier, you get to see the process in which Jørgen Leth remakes a short film several different ways. It opened the doors to the process of film-making and made it seem more accessible to me. 

A: In my childhood home there was a framed enlargement of a snow-covered river in New England. My father, using his Canon AE-1 35mm SLR, was the one who snapped the photograph. I would gaze into the icy waters of that river for hours at a time, certain that at any moment the frame would burst and ice melt would start pouring out onto the hardwood floors. That camera was eventually given to me. I still tell my dad that it was the best gift he could have ever given me. From that very day, at ten years old, I started thinking of life as pictures. That instrument became my window to the world and the direction of my professional life.  

Who or what do you most admire?

M: Thomas Jefferson

A: My grandparents raised 15 children in a 2.5 bedroom house in Rhode Island. My grandfather was a telephone linesman for AT&T his entire career and went to work everyday with a smile on his face. He was also an artist and a green thumb gardener. Whenever I feel like I am working hard, I am inspired by them.  
What do you love about SF?

M: I love the beautiful parks, museums, old grimy bars, the self-expression of people, underground scenes, hidden gems around every corner, the weather, public transportation, walkability, parades, music, parties, its filmmakers and storytellers.

A: The weather. As a filmmaker and an active person - it is wonderful. 

What do you fear most for SF?

M: I am not afraid. 

A: My inability to live here financially.

What do you hope for SF in the next 20 years?

M: I can't wait to see what digital artists do and then when they aren't cool anymore, what the resurgence of handmade art looks like. Remember when everyone wanted a fancy espresso machine? Now we are back to cloth drips. Cycles and more cycles. 

A: That it can reinvent itself as an arts and cultural hub in the same funky way that it did half a decade ago.  

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Vanessa Carr: Profile Spotlights

As one of the first Ambassadors we brought on for One Day in SF, Vanessa will be working on capturing stories about housing, displacement, and the gentrification and change of neighborhoods and communities on April 26th. Please welcome and get to know a little about Vanessa Carr

The City of No Illusions from Vanessa Carr on Vimeo.

Who are you and what is your profession?
I'm a documentary cinematographer and have lived in San Francisco for almost a decade.

Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?
I grew up in a suburb of Boston where people are obsessed with revolutionary war re-enactments. My mom was a feminist and an activist and she's informed a lot of my worldview today. 

What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
I've been in love with documentary films since I was about 12 but never imagined filmmaking could be a viable career path. (I'm still not sure it is.) Instead, I worked in law firms and non profits, took journalism classes at City College, and eventually enrolled at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, intending to pursue magazine writing. While I was there, I fell in love with being behind the camera and have been working as a full-time shooter since.

Who or what do you most admire?
I admire people who stay committed to creativity and social impact in the face of many challenges.

What do you love about SF?
I love the incredibly strong sense of community I have found here, including a pretty robust documentary community. I also love that I can bike some of the most beautiful coastline in America 12 months out of the year.

What do you fear most for SF?
I fear that San Francisco will be a place where only rich people can afford to live. I have trouble seeing my own future here.

What do you hope for SF in the next 20 years?
I hope that San Francisco will find a way for people of many backgrounds and income levels to be able to afford and build a good life, and that it will stay weird.

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Save the Dates (and other things to know)

It's been a whirlwind of a week, and we have just 20 days before the big day. Holy smokes. It's time to have some fun.

Kyle Ruddick, Founder & Director of One Day on Earth, was in town for last night's Cal Academy Nightlife event co-hosted by our ever so lovely partners, the San Francisco Film Society and San Francisco Film Commission. We recognized familiar faces including several Ambassadors, active members, people who've submitted footage in the past, and also met locals who were super excited to sign up and participate after watching Kyle's inspired presentation. It was a great turnout and a packed room as Kyle spoke about engaging communities, screened some moving clips, and got everyone loosened up as they jumped up and down during the first 10 seconds.

Here's a heads up about some things to pop onto your calendar this coming week -

Today, April 5th:

Taking a Stand SF (4-10pm) - A community and activist led event, inspired by the community's response to past and recent injustices witnessed and experienced locally. The day will include rights, news literacy, and social media workshops, art, spoken word and dance performances, and much more. 

Oakland Asian Cultural Center & Hyphen Magazine's A Symphony of Verse (5-8pm) - A celebration of National Poetry Month and AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) poets. If you've never been to a Hyphen event, I'd recommend you check it out. Look for Hyphen ED, Terry Park, who could be a comedian if he ever wanted a new day job.

Thursday, April 10th: 

One Day in SF Meetup - This is an opportunity for you to meet and network with other local filmmakers, participants, leaders, community members, and partner organizations to learn about what everyone might be filming on April 26th. Hint: You'll also get a chance to visualize which neighborhoods, communities, organizations, themes, and topics have not been aligned with a filmmaker or participant. To get a diverse representation of the San Francisco bay for the Your Day, Your City, Your Future series - we would love to get coverage in areas that are either misrepresented or underrepresented in traditional media. This is where you can best lend your talents and skills on the day of. 

(To get a headcount of people who plan to attend and help determine the quantity of refreshments, snacks needed - RSVP by confirming on the Facebook event no later than Tuesday night. Although you won't be turned away at the door if you didn't confirm, you won't want to show up at 8 and have the beer/wine completely gone. We may have a special musical guest - but I won't give it away now.)

Many of you might not know what you'll be capturing with your phone, ipad, dslr, RED epic, Bolex on 4/26 so here's some inspiration should you want or need it:

Musical Muni Driver

Misunderstanding of "Frisco"

Class War

Gentrification Chronicles

Heading East

Art Exodus

Who is Alex Nieto

Oakland Grown

A few sites that have been giving me great ideas for stories to film about on 4/26 are: Vanishing SFOakland LocalKQEDThe Bold Italic, and honestly, just flipping through local papers like SF Weekly, SF Chronicle, SF Gate, The Examiner, East Bay Express, Bay Reporter, etc. You'd be surprised how many ideas and visuals spring to mind when you look for news the old school way.

Also, if you're thinking of renting gear - maybe a dslr or a shotgun mic to mount onto your camera - Studio B in Berkeley is offering a 15% discount to any customer whose signed up to participate in One Day in SF. Who knows, you could get Dan (the awesome rentals/crew mgr) to give you a solid demo before the 26th.

That's all for now. Hope to see all of you at the meetup next Thursday at the Secret Alley (7-10pm). Remember to bring cash since it's a cash bar. 

Over and out,


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Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee: Profile Spotlights

If you've been following the One Day in San Francisco Facebook page, if you've had a conversation with me or any of our lovely, local partners over the last month, if you saw something in your inbox this morning about a local meetup happening next Thursday night - you know it's a very busy time here.

My name is Winnie, and I'm your local SF Bay Area producer working with One Day on Earth to bring you a glimpse of San Francisco.

The blurb for each Ambassador on the Team tab just doesn't do justice, so to give you a sense of his personalilty, interests, and opinions, I'd love for you to take the next few minutes to meet and warmly welcome Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee.

Who are you and what is your profession?
I'm a filmmaker, musician and composer.  I also founded and run The Global Oneness Project, a Webby award-winning online educational and media platform using stories to deepen learning and empower change. 

I was born in London and moved to West Marin County in 1991. My first love was the acoustic bass and jazz, which consumed me from the age of 11 on.  I studied improvisation and composition at Berklee College of Music, and before getting involved in film, spent many years as a performing, touring and recording musician. 

What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
I was fascinated by the creative process of blending story, imagery and music to create an immersive experience. That and seeing how film had the power to engage and empower audiences in such a deep and profound way continues to inspire me.

Who or what do you most admire?
Don't think I can pin that down to a two-sentence answer.

What do you love about SF?
I've never lived in SF, only coming in to work, so I guess I always feel like a country boy visiting the city. I have fond memories of performing in SF jazz clubs as a teenager. North Beach in particular had a great jazz scene back then. I miss that. I spend less time in SF these days, but enjoy coming in every once and awhile for a concert or to surf at Ocean Beach.

What do you fear most for SF?
It feels like the city is becoming richer and richer and more unreal by the minute.  That doesn't feel good. I'm concerned about the future of cities in this country as a whole and think they will have to undergo major changes if they are to thrive in the coming decades. Sustainable access to food, water, energy and education are also major issues here. 

What do you hope for SF in the next 20 years?
I hope SF can meet its challenges and become an example of what a city can be like.  We have the resources, know how and energy (human energy) to make that happen.

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