FilmHouse: Makin' Moves

We are thrilled to announce that our FilmHouse Residency program—which supports narrative feature films by making office space available free of charge for twelve-month residencies to independent filmmakers actively engaged in various stages of film production—has moved to a beautiful, newly renovated location at 644 Broadway Street in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown district. Made possible by the generous support of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, FilmHouse provides local and visiting filmmakers with a centralized, 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.

“It’s clear to me that there is a renaissance occurring in the Bay Area filmmaking community, and FilmHouse is designed specifically to nurture and support this thriving group of artists,” said SFFS Executive Director Noah Cowan. “By giving many Bay Area-based filmmakers a centralized working environment and creating a forum for out-of-towners to interact and collaborate with our local network, we hope to provide the location where the next phase of that renaissance takes shape. We’re looking forward to watching the next phenomenon to take the indie world by storm grow out of this space!”

FilmHouse has launched in its new location with nine filmmakers engaged in 12-month residencies, all working in early project stages of screenwriting and preproduction. These full-time residents will also be joined by 16 part-time residents who will take advantage of innovative flexible-use space available in the new Chinatown location. 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 and events.

“FilmHouse has always been one of the most tangible aspects of the work we do in the Filmmaker360 program, and our brick-and-mortar facilities just got a serious upgrade,” said Michele Turnure-Salleo, director of Filmmaker360. “It has been an inspiring process building this perfect home for our residents, and we are deeply grateful for our generous and forward-thinking partners in the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and Cypress Properties Group.”

“The new FilmHouse is a critical part of the artist support ecosystem,” said Jennifer Rainin, CEO of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. “The space is exceptionally well designed to inspire artists, support their vision, and encourage a sense of community. The Rainin Foundation is excited to see this residency program evolve and support our talented Bay Area filmmaking community in so many ways.”

It’s absolutely thrilling to spend time in the space and feel the creative energy that is already thrumming through the hallways.
— Michele Turnure-Salleo, Director of Filmmaker360

Managed by Cypress Properties Group’s Chris Wight and Jeff Lee, 644 Broadway will also be home to China Live, restaurateur George Chen’s 20,000-square-foot culinary destination featuring an unprecedented Chinese food and beverage marketplace on the ground floor with a curated interactive retail experience; Eight Tables, an intimate upscale restaurant; and a bar, lounge and banquet space. The San Francisco Film Society is 644 Broadway’s anchor cultural tenant.

We are so looking forward to getting comfortable in this incarnation of FilmHouse. Keep up with us on Instagram (@SF_FilmSociety) to see more of the new space, and check back here soon to get the scoop on our current residents!

Filmmaker360 is a leader in the field of non-profit support of the independent cinema and offers unparalleled assistance and opportunities designed to foster creativity and further the careers of independent filmmakers nationwide. Filmmaker360 oversees one of the largest film grant programs in the country, which disperses nearly $1 million annually to incubate and support innovative and exceptional films at every stage of production. Other elements of Filmmaker360 include project development consultation, fiscal sponsorship and information resources.