Nail House


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Tue, Sep 11, 2018 5:30 PM
Film Info
Director:Soumyaa Kapil Behrens
Year of Production:2018
Premiere Status:Sneak Preview
Topic:SF Bay Area Filmmaker
Sustainable Cities
Zero Waste
Running Time:79 min.


Long before property values skyrocketed in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, hippie volunteers started a recycling center on a sliver of unused public land as a way to help the environment.

Forty years later, San Francisco has grown from a small progressive outpost to one of the richest cities in the world, with the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood among its wealthiest. In the middle stands the HANC Recycling Center, still accepting cans and bottles and dispensing small refunds to the burgeoning and displaced homeless population who collect them. When wealthy neighbors start to complain and city government flexes its muscles, the aging volunteers enlist the help of next generation protestors, the Occupy Movement, only to enter into a generational tug-of-war over tactics and politics.

Nail House tells the story of how this tiny corner of local San Francisco land became a mirror for grass roots protests around the world, from New York’s Zucotti Park to Istanbul’s Taksim Square to Hong Kong’s umbrella protest, and an illustration of the fight to preserve the spirit of public property.

First shown as a work-in-progress screening at Green Film Fest 2011.

Expected guests: Director Soumyaa Kapil Behrens; subjects from the film; Simone Nelson (discussion emcee), CSU Entertainment Alliance.

2018 Green Fire Award Finalist

Community Partners: SF Public Press; SF Urban Film Festival


Soumyaa Kapil BehrensSoumyaa Kapil Behrens is an award-winning director, producer and scholar whose projects have screened at festivals across the globe including Raindance, Montreal International Animation Festival, Mill Valley, SF Black Film Festival, San Francisco Film Society, Toronto Black Film Festival, Animation Day at Cannes, and on KQED. Her work engages issues that influence the human condition and the political landscapes that shape identity and power structures within marginalized communities. Behrens is the Director of the Documentary Film Institute at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and on the Faculty in the School of Cinema. She also serves on the board of Bay Area Women In Media. She currently resides in Mill Valley.

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