Warm Souls, Cold World

APA California Chapter, Northern Section


Friday, November 16, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. PST

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Be sure to bring your bus fare as our journey will begin with “Hotel 22”, a short film about bus line 22, a frequent destination for the homeless population of Silicon Valley. The “Snow Mountain” film tells the story of a mother and her son dreaming of a better life while they spend the night “camping”. Told from the point of view of a child, and shot with a handycam, “Crisanto Street” provides a hopeful look into the joyful life of young Geovany and his family.

“Angel in the Alley” introduces us to the faithful presence of Albertino Garcia who overlooks and protects Olive alley. Finally, the “Viva House” film weaves a story of neighbors uniting to support each other. In a time when extremes of wealth and poverty, these films highlight the value of housing, home, and community.

Films (listed in alphabetical order):
“The Angel in the Alley” (15 min, Dir. Hamilton Henson, 2017)
After a bag of tapes mysteriously appears at the front door of City Hope, Rev. Paul Trudeau gets to know an eccentric neighbor.  This is piece is a “live film”, during which Hamilton Henson, its creator will narrate his film live.
“Crisanto Street” (11 min, Dir. Paloma Martinez, 2017) - In the shadow of Silicon Valley, a hidden community thrives despite difficult circumstances. For one resident, eight-year-old Geovany Cesario, impending change is bittersweet.
Directed, Produced and Edited by Paloma Martinez
Best Short Documentary- San Francisco International Film Festival 2018
“Hotel 22” (8 min, Dir. Elizabeth Lo, 2015)  - Each night in Silicon Valley, the Line 22 transforms from a public bus into an unofficial shelter for the homeless. This short documentary which premiered at Sundance 2015 captures one dramatic night on the Hotel 22 bus.
“Snow Mountain” (7 min, Dir. Ed Ntiri, 2018) - A mother uses her imagination to get her son to fall asleep in their tent on the streets of Oakland.
“Viva House” (15 min, Dir. Ole Elfenkämper and Kathrin Seward, 2017) - The film documents one day at the food pantry and is set in two tiny row houses which are operated by Willa and Brendan since 1968. Since then, they have served food to more than one million people, created after school programs, reading groups for children and many more activities to empower their Baltimore neighborhood.

Moderator: Fay Darmawi, Founder and Executive Producer, SF Urban Film Fest


Paul Trudeaux, Executive Director, City Hope SF

Jose Pritchett, Community Member, City Hope SF
Hamilton Henson, Director/Performer, “Angel in the Alley”
Ed Ntiri, Director, “Snow Mountain”


Paul Trudeaux

Invited Speaker

Executive Director, City Hope SF

Jose Pritchett

Invited Speaker

Community Member, City Hope SF

Hamilton Henson

Invited Speaker

Director/Performer, “Angel in the Alley”

Fay Darmawi

Invited Speaker


Contact Info

Fay Darmawi, faydarmawi@gmail.com