More FilmHouse & Meet Some New Residents!

Over the past few months, our FilmHouse residents have been getting comfortable at 644 Broadway. The gorgeous new space–which recently saw the addition of three new flex-use residents–opened in its current location this fall.

FilmHouse is a resource for all kinds of independent filmmakers. The space currently hosts nine filmmakers engaged in 12-month residences and 19 flex-use residents. In addition to office space, all residents benefit from a robust guest speaker series, featuring lectures and presentations by leading industry professionals; resident-led workshops and work-in-progress screenings; access to SFFS networking events; and numerous other community-building programs.

Without further ado, meet the most recent additions to this community:

Vanessa Hope started her film career in China while teaching a graduate course on "Law and Society." Fluent in Chinese, she's produced multiple films in China by directors Wang Quanan, Chantal Akerman and her own short films China in Three Words and China Connection: Jerry. Vanessa directed and produced a web series for NYU's US-Asia Law Institute titled Law, Life & Asia. Her U.S. producing credits include two fiction films and a documentary on William Kunstler. She currently finishing her latest feature film, All Eyes and Ears.

Shripriya Mahesh is an Indian-born filmmaker based in San Francisco. She directed James Franco and Jessica Chastain in The Color of Time, part of the collaborative feature, Tar, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival. Shripriya is currently developing her first feature, Varenya, which was selected for IFP's Emerging Storytellers and Film Independent's Screenwriting Lab. Her award-winning short films have played at Palm Springs, Frameline and several international film festivals. She is an MFA thesis candidate at NYU's Graduate Film Program and is a recipient of a Tisch School of the Arts Fellowship.

Ian Hendrie is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and the co-founder of Fantoma, a production company and DVD label which has released premium editions of films by Francis Ford Coppola, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Samuel Fuller, Fritz Lang, Kenneth Anger and Alex Cox, among others. Ian and his writing/directing partner Jyson McLean are grateful recipients of two San Francisco Film Society / Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants and are alumni of the Sundance Screenwriters, Directors and Music & Sound Design Labs for their upcoming film Mercy Road.


The San Francisco Film Society's FilmHouse Residency program–which supports narrative feature films by making office space available free of charge for residencies to independent filmmakers actively engaged in various stages of film production–is located at a beautifully renovated location at 644 Broadway Street on the border of San Francisco's Chinatown and Italian North Beach districts. Made possible by the generous support of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, FilmHouse provides critical support to local and visiting filmmakers by fostering a thriving creative community that encourages collaboration, resource sharing, peer-to-peer feedback and networking opportunities. A major component of the Film Society's Filmmaker360 program, FilmHouse functions as a vibrant workshop and creative hub for filmmakers of all kinds.