5 Blocks


Film Info
Director:Robert Cortlandt
Dan Goldes
Year of Production:2016
Premiere Status:Work-in-Progress
Topic:Changing Cities
Bay Area
Free Event
Running Time:60 min.


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A work-in-progress sneak peek from SFGFF's 2016 Filmmaker Residents: Join us for a preview of clips from this upcoming film and a discussion with the filmmakers on their creative process.

All over North America, city centers are decaying. In San Francisco, an unusual coalition of artists, city officials, property owners and residents is working to reverse a 40 year decline on central Market Street through the convergence of arts and technology, while working to preserve the culture of the neighborhood. But will this revitalization effort unwittingly displace the current low-income residents and small businesses - something no one involved wants? Will the reality of pricing people out defeat the promise of lifting people up? Can political and ideological enemies put aside past differences and work together to make real change?

5 Blocks began production in 2011 and release is expected in mid-to-late 2016. The filmmakers are current residents in the Media Arts Incubator Program at Ninth Street Independent Film Center, supported by SFGFF with generous funding from San Francisco Film Commission.


DISCUSSION WITH: Dan Goldes, director/producer; Robert Cortlandt, director/producer; Erin Palmquist, director of photography

Program Sponsor:

Zellerbach Family Foundation

Additional Information

Dan Goldes is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Stakeholder Officer at the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (now the San Francisco Travel Association) and a graduate of the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking. His film, ub2, a short documentary about language relating to HIV, has screened at 36 U.S. and international film festivals. His current documentary, Equal Justice Under Law, premiered in San Francisco in September 2015 before playing Out on Film, the Atlanta LGBT film festival; and OutReels Cincinnati.

Robert Cortlandt is an award winning photographer, filmmaker, and media artist whose work has been displayed in the U.S and internationally. His work has been exhibited at the SFMOMA, SOMArts, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Still Lights Gallery, and 22 Gallery. His film work includes an assistant director role on the ITVS-funded documentary Follow My Lead, chronicling the same-sex partner dance community, and director and editor on films focused on teen suicide prevention at the It Gets Better Project.