A selection of short films captures the poetics of the bay through the ephemera of fog, maritime traffic, tidal dynamics, and interdependent ecologies, revealing the fluctuating history, precarious future, and the abstract beauty of our waterways.

Films include Light Year by Paul Clipson (2013, 10 min), A Cinematic Study of the Fog in San Francisco by Sam Green and Andy Black (2012, 10 min), and more to be announced.

The Bay View Boat Club is located at 489 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158.

This program is conceived in collaboration with Liz Keim, Director of Cinema Arts and Senior Curator at the Exploratorium, Sam Sharkey, Curator of Cinema Arts for the Exploratorium, Michael Ohta, House Rigger at Moscone Center and Mike Dingle, nursing assistant at SF General Hospital and member of Bay View Boat Club.

This event is FREE, but an RSVP is required to be added to the door list. At this moment, the door list has reached capacity.

Artist Bios

Liz Keim is director of cinema arts and senior curator at the Exploratorium, where she initiated their Cinema Arts Program and film collection in 1982 and has worked to integrate the visions of independent media artists into the programming, public exhibitions, and education offerings, which today have expanded to include outdoor screenings, filmmaker residencies, installations, and workshops. Keim guest lectures, serves on local film juries, participates in symposiums nationwide, and curates cinema programs internationally. She is a contributing author to Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theaters, and her film In the Red (codirected by Karen Merchant) has screened internationally.

Sam Sharkey is a Bay Area film exhibitor and event producer focused on audience experience through interactive performance and direct engagement. He has expanded his interest in performing arts through celebrating cult cinema with Peaches Christ Productions (2004–present) and co-operating the Red Vic Movie House (2008–12). Since 2008 Sharkey has worked in cinema arts at the Exploratorium, gaining a deep appreciation for experimental film forms and site-based screenings. He curates short film programs, outdoor screenings, and expanded cinema. His current interest lies in visual storytelling through technological expressions. He holds a BA in media studies from the University of San Francisco.


Futurefarmers: Out of Place, in Place is organized by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and curated by Lucía Sanromán, director of visual arts.

Futurefarmers: Out of Place, in Place is made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support is provided by the Changing the Ratio Circle of Advisors: Abundance Foundation, Berit Ashla, Diana Cohn, EMIKA Fund, Jennifer C. Haas Fund, Rekha Patel, Catalina Ruiz-Healy and Jonathan Kevles, Vicki Shipkowitz, and Meg Spriggs. Additional thanks to the Selvage Fund of the East Bay Community Foundation and the Facebook Artist in Residence Program.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation, with additional funding by National Endowment for the Arts, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

YBCA Exhibitions are made possible in part by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Panta Rhea Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows Program, and Meridee Moore and Kevin King.

Lead Image: Courtesy Futurefarmers