Artists' Television Access


The House On Lucky Street (Indiegogo)



This newest short film was written by award-winning filmmaker, SHANI HECKMAN (Wrong Bathroom & America’s Most Unwanted) and blends documentary with fictional story-telling to tell this unique ghost story centered around displacement in San Francisco.

THE HOUSE ON LUCKY STREET is a short film about the last two residents in the haunted Victorian at 13 Lucky Street in San Francisco’s Mission District. The 100-year-old ghost, Carmelita Reyes, and the human resident, Matteo Florez, unite to fight their eviction. Along the way, Carmelita’s poltergeist reveals past stories of displacement through documentary footage informing Matteo of the importance of knowing our collective history in order to change our fate.


Living in the Mission District over the past decade, and visiting the area for over twenty, I’ve witnessed major changes to my neighborhood. From dive bars and taqueria shacks closing down, converted to expensive small-plate restaurants to the new fancy clothing boutiques that long-time neighbors cannot afford, these new upgrades threaten the very cultures that made this City attractive!


Around the world, cities are gentrifying. Brooklyn’s waterfront is now glass condos; Baltimore’s waterfront is full of chain stores; Philadelphia is being cleaned up as I type. This story is shared in many cities throughout the world in 2017, but San Francisco is the place where the greatest rent increases have occurred in the past 5 years.

Moving to another City is not an option for most people living on the margins of society, and many locals join the houseless ranks when their building sell. Ghosts too are affected, as gut-remodeling of these old apartments into single-family homes kills off these spirits.

Time is ticking for Carmelita and Matteo, as it is for their neighbors to find a way to stay in their home. 


Writer/Director, SHANI HECKMAN’S past films have won awards and toured the world via the film festival market. Her short script, Double Secret, was a semi-finalist with ScreenCraft’s Script Competition in 2016. Her films have earned support from Horizons Foundation, Open Meadows Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission due to their social justice focus and diverse approach. She created the non-profit, Shanestar Productions, Inc. to ensure equity is a key focus of this media work.

ATA co presents  LAST MAN IN DHAKA CENTRAL at 3rd i’s annual Film Festival

ATA co presents  LAST MAN IN DHAKA CENTRAL at 3rd i’s annual Film Festival
Filmmaker in Person! Filmmaker Naeem Mohaiemen brings his razor-sharp critique and keen awareness of global politics to the conversation, as he probes Peter Custers, a Dutch journalist who traveled half-way across the world to participate in a left-wing uprising in Bangladesh. With short Abu Ammar is Coming.
Please use promotional code “cp_2017 when purchasing tickets for this film and receive 20% off an individual $11 ticket (until online sales end on the day of the screening. Online fees not discounted).

ATA co-presents at 3rd i South Asian Film Festival

 Kaul (A Calling)

Saturday November 12 @ 1:00 pm  (Screening @ Castro Theatre)

Aadish Keluskar’s bold and innovative “Kaul” can only be described as a truly transformative cinematic experience. Deeply inspired by the films of Tarkovsky and Bela Tarr, and firmly rooted in a Marathi milieu, Keluskar delivers a uniquely visceral film that brings equal measure of the surreal and the sublime.

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United Red Army (The Young Man Was, Part 1)
November 13 @ 2:30 pm (Screening @ New People Cinema )
Skype Q&A with Naeem Mohaiemen!!
This striking and hypnotic documentary — the first in a trilogy on ultra-left movements — by visual artist Naeem Mohaiemen, reconstructs the hijacking of Japan Air Lines flight 472 at the hands of the Japanese Red Army in 1977, during which the hijackers forced the plane to land in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Using the original sound recordings and surveillance video from the airport control tower, and a written transcript of the tense and cautious conversation between the hijackers and the hostage negotiator, the captivating and meditative doc presents a blow-by-blow account of the event. Mohaiemen interrupts the negotiations to take a trip back to his own living room, where he followed the events as an eight-year-old, hoping it would end so he could watch his favorite TV show.
As reviewer Wilson-Goldie (Bidoun) notes, United Red Army “delves further into the unintended damage that violent revolutionary movements wrought, articulating the need to address them critically, skeptically, even generously, but without nostalgia or romance, fascinated but not seduced.”
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SF Cinematheque and Gray Area present: Perpetual Motion

September 16–December 7, 2016
Gray Area / Grand Theater  2665 Mission Street  San Francisco
Perpetual Motionis the most comprehensive convergence of international performance cinema practitioners ever assembled in the Bay Area. Presented over seven evenings September 16–December 7, 2016, with all artists performing in person, this series is curated by San Francisco Cinematheque and will be presented at Gray Area’s historic Grand Theater, located in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Performance Cinema is an exciting and emergent genre of avant-garde moving-image art which represents a crucial attack on the sterility of the contemporary, digitally-located media environment, advocating for the embodied, collective consideration of real-time, site-specific media experiences. Through mis-used or modified analog film projectors, live video synthesis and physical interaction with the media interface, performance cinema practitioners variously burn, etch, mutilate and destroy projected film, machinery and the image itself. These artists create immersive spectacles of sight and sound, opening a space for questioning and contemplating visual culture through direct activation of the senses. As a dynamic, regenerating and resurrecting media experience, Performance Cinema exists only in the present and is truly an art of its time.

September 16 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program One: Dust to Dust

arc (Oakland) / Jürgen Reble (Germany) / Trinchera Ensamble (Mexico City/Seattle)
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September 17 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program Two: Ghosts in the Machines
Scott Arford (Oakland) / Michael A. Morris (Dallas) / Le Révélateur  (Sabrina Ratté and Roger Tellier-Craig; Montréal)
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October 11 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program Three: Ken Jacobs’ Nervous Magic Lantern
Ken Jacobs (NYC)
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October 26 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program Four: Natural Forces
Beige (Vanessa O’Neill and Kent Long; Richmond) / Keith Evans (Bolinas) / Karl Lemieux (Montréal) + BJ Nilsen (Sweden)
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November 9 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program Five: Spectres
John Davis (Vallejo) / Kerry Laitala (San Francisco) + Voicehandler (Norway/Oakland) / Raha Raissnia (Tehran/Brooklyn) + Panagiotis Mavridis (Greece/Brooklyn)
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November 22 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program Six: Birth / Death / Resurrection
Malic Amalya + Nathan Hill (Oakland) / Sally Golding (Australia/UK) / Hangjun Lee (Seoul) + Jerome Noetinger (Grenoble)
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December 7 | 8pm
Perpetual Motion, Program Seven: Cinema of Confrontation / The End
Bruce McClure (Brooklyn) / Greg Pope (UK/Norway) + Sult (Norway/Oakland)
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Perpetual Motion is a presentation of San Francisco Cinematheque in partnership with Gray Area and is supported by generous funding from the Fleishhacker FoundationSan Francisco Arts CommissionSan Francisco Hotel Tax Fund/Grants for the ArtsThe Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual ArtsThe Phyllis C. Wattis FoundationZellerbach Family Foundation and by generous donations from Cinematheque’s individual donors and members.

Call For Submission

The Echo Park Film Center is currently seeking film submissions for a 5 part series showcasing experimental work by filmmakers of color based in the United States.

We’re looking for works that fall under the any of following categories:

Portraits of Self and Identity,

Found and Appropriated Footage,

Social Justice,

Dance, Movement, and Rhythm,

Cameraless Films

Films utilizing super 8 and 16mm are highly encouraged but all mediums are welcome.

If you would like your film to be considered, please email the following information to

Director’s name

Link to the film (and password if required)

Short description