Parklet Movie Night: Citizen Solutions for Urban Problems

Enjoy international short films outside on the swissnex parklet in this collaboration with SF Urban Film Fest and the Architecture and the City festival.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


September 24, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



Join us outside on the swissnex parklet for an evening of international film shorts about cities and the citizens who are reinventing urban structures and society to make them livable.

A community agora, the parklet becomes a gathering place to discuss, argue, and maybe even find breakthrough solutions for urban problems. Popcorn provided.

This event is organized with the SF Urban Film Fest as part of AIASF’s Architecture in the City festival.


The Kiosk (7 minutes)

Olga is a cheerful woman who works at a kiosk. She knows the wishes and problems of her customers well and attends to their every need, but she often dreams of being far away.

Creator and Director: Anete Melece
Producer: Saskia von Virag
Animation: Stefan Holaus and Anete Melece
Sound design, foleys, mix: Christof Steinmann
Music: Ephrem Luchinger
Switzerland, 2013, Animation


Torre David (22 minutes)

750 families on 45 levels live and work (informally) in an unfinished building called Torre David (Caracas, Venezuela) planned as an office tower but stopped shortly before completion in 1993.

Urban-Think Tank and Justin McGuirk won the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Biennale for their provocative installation responding to the Torre David and telling its story – research that would also give form to a celebrated publication. This is the cinematic version of UTT’s ongoing research on this widely debated tower and the story of Torre David.

Production: U-TT Films
Editor: Markus Kneer, Daniel Schwartz
Director: Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner, Markus Kneer, Daniel Schwartz
Camera: Markus Kneer, Daniel Schwartz


De Pijp (10 minutes)

Kids of the Netherlands take back the streets. This TV documentary shows the Amsterdam neighborhood ‘De Pijp’ which suffers from overcrowding and under planning, as told from a child’s perspective.

Production: Dutch Television (1972)


La Nuit de L’ours (22 minutes)

In a city of disconcerting nature, homeless animals are looking for shelter for the night. They take refuge in the Bear’s house, creating an ephemeral community that will dissolve with the first rays of sun.

Writers and Directors: Samuel Guillaume, Frederic Guillaume
Production: Etilem Films Productions, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, Ciné3D Association
Producer: Jean-Blaise Perrin, Samuel Guillaume, Frédéric Guillaume

Cinematography: Frédéric Guillaume
Editing: Samuel Guillaume, Frédéric Guillaume
Sound Editing: Florian Pittet
Sound Design: Florian Pittet
Rerecording Sound Mix: Florian Pittet, Denis Séchaud
Music: Mathieu Kyriakidis
Animation: Elie Chapuis, Claude Barras, Samuel Guillaume, Yoann Corthésy, Camilo De Martino
Compositing: Claude Barras, Samuel Guillaume, Camilo De Martino
Characters by: Frédéric Guillaume
Art Direction: Frédéric Guillaume
Special Effects: Samuel Guillaume
Techniques: 2D Computer animation, Cutout animation

Switzerland, 2012



Fay Darmawi

In addition to founding and executive producing the SF Urban Film Fest, Fay Darmawi is a community development banker specializing in affordable housing finance. The SF Urban Film Fest represents the convergence of Fay’s interests in storytelling, community development, and civic engagement.

Fay’s formal urbanist training is from MIT and the University of Pennsylvania but her love of cities is from growing up in the epicenter of Jakarta, Indonesia. She has five years of advanced screenwriting training from UCLA. She hopes that storytelling will one day be applied as a problem-solving tool much like a calculator is. She lives in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood with her teenage twin sons.


More Info

The SF Urban Film Fest (SFUFF) is a unique film festival that focuses on cities and civic engagement inspired by great storytelling. The festival believes compelling stories can help shape urbanist ideas, practice, and project implementation.

Held November 2-8, 2015, SFUFF is organized by urban planners and screens films in tandem with panels and workshops. The 2015 partners include SPUR, the University of San Francisco (USF) Department of Urban Studies, and the Exploratorium.



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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