Behind the Lens: Director Fran Guijarro and Producer Diya GuhaAlvin Carbins, otherwise known as "Moses," an artist who spent nearly two decades struggling with addiction and homelessness on the streets of San Francisco, is also a movie star.
He’s the subject of "Moses," a feature-length documentary made by director Fran Guijarro and producer Diya Guha over the course of 10 years. They both met Carbins in his “office,” the corner of New Montgomery and Jessie streets in San Francisco, and what started as a short student film turned into a long-term project that transformed all of their lives.
Today, Carbins is the house manager of a clean and sober living facility; "Moses" documents his struggle to overcome addiction and reclaim his life. Guijarro and Guha’s support of that journey closes the distance between documentary filmmaker and subject, and serves as a testament to the transformative power of storytelling. As immigrants trying to forge connections in their adopted home of San Francisco, Guijarro and Guha now relate to Carbins as family. They celebrate holidays and even take a trip together every year.
"Moses" premieres in 2018; Guijarro and Guha continue to tell the stories of people experiencing homelessness with their project "Stories Behind the Fog."
Big Dreams, Uncertain FuturesA standup comedian and an actress-musician reflect on the enormous uncertainty that they — and 800,000 others — face with DACA in jeopardy.
The Ace of Cups: San Francisco's (Almost) Forgotte...The Haight-Ashbury of 1967 was a place of endless possibility: new ways of living, an influx of ideas, and political and cultural revolution were in the air. And yet amidst this “anything goes” scene, one band still stuck out as an anomaly. The Ace of Cups didn’t set out to be an all-girl band, but came together guided by the communal spirit that blanketed Summer of Love-era San Francisco. With original songs that reflected their circumstances, the Ace of Cups played with groups like The Band, Jefferson Airplane, and even Jimi Hendrix, an avowed fan. Despite their impact in San Francisco, in the intervening years the Ace of Cups were relegated to footnote status, all but written out of history books. But now, having kept in touch, four of the five original band members are about to enter a new chapter.
Dancers and Artists Stand Up to Bigotry in San Fra...In response to the far-right group Patriot Prayer and its plan for a rally at San Francisco's Crissy Field, the people of San Francisco turned out in force for a visible reminder of the power in shared humanity and united, creative resistance.
Pictures In The Sky: Traditional Japanese KitesThe gigantic square kite doesn’t look like it should be able to fly. Made with bamboo and rice paper imported from Japan, the Hamamatsu tako (kite) takes hours to construct -- each joint tied together with twine, every surface carefully painted.
Street Stories Told in San Jose's Rap Opera ProjectThe rough, guttural street stories told in The Rap Opera Project aren't fiction. They're real-life experiences of San Jose youth, compiled by Carlos Aguirre and turned into song. Above, watch a young man's anxieties while growing up amidst gang violence transform into a dramatic musical performance.