I'm delighted to announce that I am working on a documentary project with the brilliant editor Sertan Unver along with the help of many other talented friends.
Our documentary is an urban tale that zooms in on an intersection of San Francisco;
Oak Street is a busy three-lane arterial that carries traffic from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to the center of the financial district. Scott Street is narrower, a north-south bike route that flanks the picturesque Alamo Square (before meeting up with Scott). This story is about their intersection… and the history one can find there if one just stops and looks...Cars and buses pour down Oak Street during the morning commute while intrepid cyclists make their way down Scott Street. But if you slow down, pause, and take a closer look at Oak @ Scott, there emerges the picture of a community formed by something larger than the sum of its streets.
Our story is told by the long term residents of this busy corner of San Francisco. An urban tale about the changes over the years as seen through street life, community, friendship, bike and car traffic, residents young and old, economic transformation and neighborhood associations... An attempt to sort through the city's fading memories by documenting a slice of life in this city we love at an intersection we thought we knew so well.
Many thanks to all our friends who donated time, equipment, opinions and funds to our project.
Our wonderful neighbors : Conway Leroy Anderson, Master William Dewart, David Gardner, Tom Marx, Joel Pomerantz, Wakeem Shehadeh, Michael Smithwick, Jerry Wilder, Wade Wright.
Special thanks to Burcu Ozmen and Francisco Rocco
Audrey Luke, Lusi Morhayim, Aryeh Mary Shell, Joshua Kagan , Jesse Coleman, Zvika Gart, Robin Waldroup, Chris Carlsson, Mary Brown, Academy of Tae kwon Do students, James Washburn, Ana Maria Martinez, Kendra Leingang, Morgan Smith, Joern Kroll, Alice Robinson, Heather Coleman, Keven Bricknell, Matthew Brunwasser.
Sertan Unver is a director, producer and editor for more than 15 years and based in Istanbul.
Sinem Yilanci is a therapist in training and lives in San Fancisco, right on Oak and Scott Streets for more than 6 years. This project started with curiosity about the history of this neighborhood and was inspired after her interviews with her wonderful neighbors.