Company Town

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Sequoia 1 Sun, Oct 9, 2016 2:00 PM
Panel Discussion Following this Screening
Century Larkspur 3 Sat, Oct 15, 2016 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:77 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Deborah Kaufman & Alan Snitow
Producer:Deborah Kaufman
Alan Snitow
Screenwriter:Deborah Kaufman
Alan Snitow
Cinematographer:Andy Black
Vicente Franco
Marsha Kahm
Alan Snitow
Editor:Manuel Tsingaris
Print Source:Snitow-Kaufman Productions
Note Writer:Michael Fox


Few American cities have experienced the upheaval of San Francisco in the Internet Age. The influx of highly paid tech workers, and the decampment of artists and bohemians to remote locales, is a sign o’ the times. Another is the aggressive advancement of the “sharing economy” and its impact on affordable housing and the city’s character. Last year’s spirited race for District 3 supervisor between incumbent Julie Christensen and former supervisor and lefty firebrand Aaron Peskin marked a crossroads in the fight for the future. Meanwhile, SF Examiner reporter Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, whose grandfather was evicted in the recent Gold Rush, provides a tour of the Mission and running commentary on the city’s changing state. The focus throughout Company Town is on individuals, underscoring that a city’s strength isn’t its power brokers but its residents.

Guests in attendance 10/9 & 10/15: Deborah Kaufman & Alan Snitow (co-directors)

In association with the Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay Chapter

A panel discussion will follow the October 9th screening of Company Town. Invited guests include Joe 'Fitz' Rodriguez, Columnist at the SF Examiner, and Sue Vaughan, of the SF Group of the Sierra Club.

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Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman are veteran documentary Producer/Director/Writers whose award-winning works have been in major film festivals, broadcast on public television, and used by activists around the world. All of their films focus on contemporary issues and cutting-edge controversies. Their work includes: Between Two Worlds (2011, Jerusalem Film Festival), Thirst (2004, PBS/P.O.V.), Secrets of Silicon Valley (2001, PBS/Independent Lens), and Blacks and Jews (1997, Sundance, PBS/P.O.V.). Their book Thirst (with Michael Fox) was published by Wiley and Sons in 2007.  The New Yorker magazine has said, “Snitow and Kaufman bring a fair-minded skepticism to everything they film.”