Monthly Archives: October 2017

SF Veterans Film Festival 2017 Showcases Real Stories of U.S. Military and Veteran Men and Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 30, 2017

SFVVF Contact: Pamela Coddington
Phone: (415) 299-0251

SFPL Contact: Katherine Jardine
Phone: (415) 544-4295


San Francisco Veterans Film Festival 2017 Showcases Real Stories
of U.S. Military and Veteran Men and Women


WHAT:                 6th Annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival

WHEN:                   Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. -5:30 p.m.                                                                                           Sunday, Dec. 3, 12 – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:               Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library,                                                                       100 Larkin Street, SF (Grove Street entrance)

Admission is free

San Francisco, CA —OneVet OneVoice announces the lineup for their 6th annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival (#SFVFF17), the Bay Area’s premier military and veteran film event and the non-profit’s yearly public education event, hosted by the San Francisco Public Library. The film festival shares the real stories of service men and women as well as veterans, unfiltered by Hollywood, while educating the community at large. The full line of screenings and panel discussions will be available online at

San Francisco Veterans Film Festival (#SFVFF17) offers a rare opportunity for Veterans to find support while allowing the general population to learn about the issues facing the 1% of the American population that serves in the United States active duty military forces.  These men and women are more often becoming part of San Francisco’ growing veteran community since California has the largest population of veterans in the United States (1.9 million men and women of all ages). Today’s veterans are facing a mental health crisis that has resulted in more deaths by suicide than in active duty.  It is estimated that 20 U.S. veterans commit suicide each day.

The 2-day festival includes 13 films made by veterans, veteran families, independent filmmakers and students. This year’s animations, dramas and documentary short and feature length films include unique points of view on a range of situations. Stories this year range from the emotional support shared between the members of a group of Gold Star families and the challenges facing caregivers to how the emotional damage dramatized by a veteran coping with the VA benefits repayment issue, or from why we have a mental health crisis facing our Veterans to ways some veterans are healing from emotional, moral and physical injuries after deployment.

“Each year we showcase films that provide the public with a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the men and women who serve our country, building empathy for our veterans,” comments Eddie Ramirez, founder of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival and the sponsoring organization OneVet OneVoice. “The program of films and speakers provides real stories of struggles as well as real solutions, helping veterans in attendance while educating the broader community, which supports healing by making a smoother transition back to home, family and work.”

The 2017 program is free of charge to the public and offers film screenings, panel discussions with both filmmakers and experts from organizations that provide support to veterans, and special events that celebrate the filmmakers. Saturday attendees are invited to the evening’s Filmmakers Reception. The 2017 programming is possible thanks to a generous grant from the California Arts Council and the support of the San Francisco Public Library.

Films in the 2017 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival include the following:

 After Fire (1 hr 30 min) Brittany Huckabee
With intimate access to the lives of three Latina women veterans, this film is an observational documentary that throws a spotlight on the human toll of military service – including military sexual trauma, combat injuries and bureaucratic dysfunction – telling a universal story about strength in the aftermath of trauma.

Battlefield: Home – Breaking the Silence (1 hr 8 min) Anita Sugimura Holsapple
A Vietnam era military child speaks with multi-generational family members and exposes the unflinching aftermath of war, and the failing systems that continue the legacy of trauma from generation to generation.

Brass Razoo (8 min 42 sec) Rupert Raineri
Brass Razoo is a dramatic character study based on the return of a fictional soldier and his adjustment to reality after his time in Afghanistan.

Dance of Death: The fatal fandango of war and healthcare (4 min ) Mark Pinto and Patricia Lee Stotter
This film presents the country’s failure to heal moral injury and support our warriors through their fiercest battle of all—saving their souls on the home front. The film is part of a larger work-in-process, Paging Dr. Faustus.

Devil Dogs (23 min 30 sec) director Lindsay Holt
This dramatic short film profiles an American photojournalist as he struggles with his assignment – and his emotions – when embedded with a team of U.S. Marines during fierce urban combat in the deadliest battle of the Iraq War, the fight for Fallujah in 2004.

Gold Star (7 min 24 sec) James Giese, Josh Wheat
A documentary that looks into the Colorado Gold Star Parents Weekend and provides insights into what it means to become a Gold Star Parent, and the bond that is formed between them.

Honor Flight: Vietnam (29 min 53 sec) Ross Raventos
A documentary that follows the Honor Flight program in Kern County as it takes its first group of Vietnam Veterans to Washington, DC to see their memorial.

Love Separated In Life…Love Reunited in Honor (14 min 27 sec)
Jackie Wright

Crossing history, time, social mores and seas, the documentary follows the Wright siblings as they honor Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr. and ‘the wife of his youth,’ Ouida Fay McClendon Wright with a ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, after exhuming him from a segregated cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida fifty years after his death. The ceremony ultimately leads the Wrights to Vietnam, where they found the land in Vinh Long, Vietnam that had been named after their father.

Simple Solution (8 min 15 sec) Arturo Mireles
On October 24, 2016 the news broke that some veterans needed to pay back their enlistment bonuses. This film is a dramatization of one veteran as he is dealing with the news using alcohol and his skills in a new environment and state of mind.

Ten Thousand Miles (21 min) Nathan Ellis
When the worst happens in combat, soldiers rely on their team for survival…but what does it take to survive the worst back home? This dramatic short explores one story.

Thank You For Your Service (1 hr 41 min) Tom Donahue
Thank You For Your Service tackles the mental health crisis in the military and addresses specific solutions to reducing stigmas both within the military and as a larger cultural and societal context. The documentary also tells the story of incredibly resilient Veterans whose struggles and triumphs are chronicled in the film.  With interviews from the leaders of our military and our government, as well as mental health professionals, non-profit leaders and Veterans and their families.

The Catcher (3 min 7 sec) Cassie Guidry
Animated short film about a soldier suffering with PTSD who seeks the aid of a Dreamcatcher Weaver to save him from his nightmares.

The Weight of Honor (56 min) Stephanie Seldin Howard
For five years, a documentary filmmaker followed the story of the devastating effects that caring for a severely wounded Veteran can have on caregivers, families and relationships. The film was made to challenge conventional notions of caregivers, and to ignite change.

About the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival
San Francisco Veterans Film Festival (#SFVFF17) is a robust forum for Veterans and civilian filmmakers to express their creativity and to share their stories, which in turn helps further healing and brings greater awareness to the public on the challenges our nation’s veteran’s face. The annual festival spotlights both veteran and civilian filmmakers addressing issues about Veterans and military-related topics.  For more information please visit

About OneVet OneVoice
OneVet OneVoice is a non-profit based in San Francisco founded on the belief that healthcare, education, housing and employees for veterans and military families should be inextricably linked together.  The organization is known for the San Francisco Veterans Town Hall Collaborative.  The goal of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival is to support one of the key missions of OneVet OneVoice: to educate the general public about the current issues facing our veterans, and provide a place for veterans to learn more about current support available.

About the San Francisco Public Library’s Veterans Resource Center
San Francisco Public Library’s Veterans Resource Center, located on the 5th floor of the Main Library, supports the veteran community with free computer access, a specialized veterans book collection, and information and assistance for veterans and their family. For more information please visit


The Irrepressible Politics of the Black Panther Party – Authors Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin in conversation with “Davey D” Cook

For Immediate Release:  October 26, 2017
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252;

The Irrepressible Politics of the Black Panther Party

Authors Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin in conversation with “Davey D” Cook

One City One Book

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Library is excited to bring to the stage the authors of San Francisco’s One City One Book selection for 2017: Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party. Facilitated by journalist “Davey D” Cook, authors Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. will discuss the dynamics of the Black Panther Party and reflect on the movement’s link to today’s struggles.

Program:             One City One Book Authors in Conversation

Date:                     Sunday, Oct. 29

Time:                     1 p.m.

Place:                    Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium

Cost:                      Free

Black against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, the book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement and its disastrous unraveling.

“Black people in cities throughout the North and West were yearning for ways to stand up to police brutality and persistent racism. For several years, the Black Panther Party set the standard,” says co-author Bloom. “Waldo and I wrote the book to make sense of the how and why. Those questions are as vital now as they were in the late 1960s – as a new generation of activists seeks to challenge racism, authoritarianism, and many forms of oppression.”

Black against Empire, published by the University of California Press, is the winner of the American Book Award. The book has been banned by the CA Department of Corrections and CA inmates are currently forbidden to possess or read it. Copies of Black against Empire are featured in all San Francisco libraries and at bookstores around the city.

About the authors

Joshua Bloom is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. He studies the dynamics of insurgent practice and social transformation. He is the co-editor of Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy. Waldo E. Martin, Jr., is the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of History and Citizenship at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of No Coward Soldiers: Black Cultural Politics in Postwar America, Brown v. Board of Education: A Brief History with Documents and The Mind of Frederick Douglass.

About One City One Book

One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City. By building bridges between communities and generations through the reading and most importantly the discussion of – one book, we hope to help to make reading a lifelong pursuit and to build a more literate society. Sponsors for One City One Book include the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors.

View the complete One City One Book program guide here and visit for more information.

One City One Book Authors in Conversation – Oct. 29, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Book sale and signing to follow.

Library Holds Open Hours Hearings in Every District

For Immediate Release:  October 17, 2017
Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252;


Library Holds Open Hours Hearings in Every District

Library hours, too many? Too few? We want to hear from you!

 San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Library is undergoing an assessment of our current open hours with a series of 11 public hearings – one in each supervisorial district. We are looking for community input and feedback to provide us with the information needed to update or maintain library hours that best serve the needs of San Francisco residents.

This assessment is required every five years per the Library Preservation Fund ordinance and was first conducted in 2012 with implementation of new hours in 2013. As took place in 2012, eleven library locations – each representing a supervisorial district – will host an Open Hours Community Hearing in the latter part of October and first part of November. The dates, times and locations of the hearings are listed below and online here.

Translators will be available. Also, to ensure the participation of people with disabilities, sign language interpreter services and real-time captioning and large-print survey forms will be provided at all of the meetings. Requesting other accommodations at least 72 hours in advance will help to ensure availability. For inquiries or requests for accommodations, please call (415) 557-4557 or email

In addition to the hearings, the Library invites the public to take our 2017 Open Hours Assessment survey. The survey responses, along with the public hearing discussions, will help us assess whether the library’s open hours across the system are meeting the public’s needs.

For more information, visit or call (415) 557-4277.

Hearing schedule:

Tuesday, October 24
6:30 p.m.
SF Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room (District 6)

Wednesday, October 25
6:30 p.m.
Excelsior Branch (District 11)

Thursday, October 26
6:30 p.m.
Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Branch (District 3)

Saturday, October 28
10:30 a.m.
Marina Branch (District 2)

Thursday, November 2
6:30 p.m.
Western Addition Branch (District 5)

Saturday, November 4
12 p.m.
Mission Branch (District 9)

Saturday, November 4
3 p.m.
Ortega Branch (District 4)

Wednesday, November 8
6:30 p.m.
Merced Branch (District 7)

Thursday, November 9
6:30 p.m.
Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch (District 1)

Tuesday, November 14
6:30 p.m.
Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Branch (District 10)

Wednesday, November 15
6:30 p.m.
Glen Park Branch (District 8)

San Francisco Public Library Adds Free Film Streaming Service

For Immediate Release: October 16, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295;

San Francisco Public Library Adds Free Film Streaming Service

With Kanopy, San Francisco Library Patrons Can Access more than 30,000 Films

 San Francisco, CA – The popular on-demand video streaming service Kanopy is now available for free to San Francisco library card holders of the San Francisco Public Library system. SFPL card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on demand instantly by visiting

Offering what The New York Times called “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries and feature films, rare and hard-to-find titles, and classic films, with curated works from The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, and PBS among many others.

kanopySFPL patrons will also be able to access Kanopy through a variety of devices and platforms, including Roku, iOS and Android, and Kanopy is also compatible for hearing- (with captions and transcripts) and visually-impaired patrons (compatible with technologies such as JAWS). Kanopy is free for users with a library card; all users need to do to get started streaming films is to visit

With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy will provide SFPL patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs. In addition, during the launch, Kanopy will highlight a variety of San Francisco-based films and filmmakers, and support SFPL’s One City One Book selection Black against Empire with the documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.”

“We are thrilled to offer Kanopy’s diverse collection of films and documentaries to our library patrons,” says Daniel Matsumoto, eResources Librarian at SFPL. “The subjects are far-reaching and reflect the cultural diversity of our area. We plan to hold public screenings at many of our library locations so that our community can enjoy and muse upon these films together.”

The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, classic masterpieces like Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Seven Samurai, and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar®-nominated I Am Not Your Negro. In addition, a number of films which are set in, and are about San Francisco, can be found on Kanopy.

Kanopy is was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities. It provides libraries and their patrons with access to the most acclaimed movies and documentaries on-demand from award-winning filmmakers, including the best in classic film, world cinema, critic and film festival favorites.

Vinyl Destination – Library adds thousands of new LPs to music collection

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295;


Vinyl Destination

Library adds thousands of new LPs to music collection


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The vinyl verdict is in: LPs have officially made a ‘record’ comeback and the San Francisco Public Library is excited to introduce a brand new collection of wax in the stacks. SFPL has increased its collection by more than 50%, adding thousands of new albums from AC/DC to The Zombies; with Pop, Jazz, Rap and R&B also in the mix. Additional titles will join wax in the stacks each month, depending on circulation trends, new releases and patron suggestionsvinyl-destination-logo.

Flip through the newly expanded LP collection at the 1st Floor Main Audio Visual Center and hear the latest grooves spinning on the turntable behind the AV Reference Desk. The Marina, Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial and Park branches are also well stocked with freshly minted racks of tracks.

In the age of instant streaming, digital downloads and mobile devices for every pocket, wrist and ear, the question can be asked, “Why vinyl?”

“The Library provides more than collections,” says Deputy City Librarian Michael Lambert. “We create experiences. With vinyl’s resurgence, we’re reintroducing a way of experiencing music to a generation or two who never knew the joy of flipping through local music store racks and discovering their next favorite album.”

Paul Costuros, Main Audio Visual Center Assistant, agrees.  “Listening to music is not a passive endeavor.  LPs, like books, tell a story.  LPs promote a more enhanced, whole experience, which is the way musicians truly intended their work to be devoured.”

Curious how LPs are made and how they work? Swing by the Main Library Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.  SFPL will host a special event with local record producer Michael Carney of Lost Alley Records. Carney will emboss LPs in real time, giving patrons a step-by-step demo of the magic behind the music – with a soundtrack provided by teen musicians from The Mix at SFPL.

michaelMuch of the LP collection was purchased through local favorite Green Apple Books & Music. “I had a great time helping to curate a portion of the Library’s new collection,” says Green Apple’s music buyer, Robb Grimes. “SFPL’s team brought a lot of enthusiasm to the project and a dedication to ensure local independent Bay Area artists are well represented. The Library’s partnership with Green Apple helped support local music retail and artists, as well as independent music distribution networks. I hope the amazing LP collection inspires patrons to start or continue to grow a collection of their own!”

For more information, visit and stop by SFPL’s wax in the stacks to get your grooves to go!

LPs are available at the following locations, or request your selections online at to be picked up at your local branch.

Main Library – 100 Larkin Street, 1st Floor

Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Branch – 1 Jose Sarria Court

Marina Branch – 1890 Chestnut Street

Park Branch – 1833 Page Street

Related EventVinyl Destination: LP Lathing – Oct. 26, 5 p.m., Main Library Atrium, 100 Larkin Street

Free Financial Planning Day at the Library

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 3
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295;


Free Financial Planning Day at the Library

 San Francisco, CA –The Financial Planning Association of San Francisco, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco Treasurer’s Office and the San Francisco Public Library, are pleased to announce the 8th annual San Francisco Financial Planning Day on October 28, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bay Area residents will be able to meet one-on-one with dozens of highly qualified Certified Financial Planner™ professionals to discuss their personal finance questions, concerns and interests.

The event is a great opportunity for a free, private consultation with an expert on a wide variety of personal finance issues, including debt management, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, insurance, and estate planning, among many others. Programs will run throughout the day covering budgeting and credit counseling.

Best of all, there are no strings attached. Financial planners are volunteering their time and will not pass out business cards, marketing materials or sell products or services. They will be stationed at tables and will meet with one individual or a couple at a time. In addition to one-on-one consultations, there will be a series of informative classroom workshops presented by top financial planners on a wide range of financial topics. Prior events have served 300-400 Bay Area residents each year.

For the completed schedule, please visit:

Financial Planning Day – Oct. 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street