San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)
Free projections in the urban outdoors
Best bets from Datebook’s arts and entertainment critics and contributors
Should you happen to be strolling in SoMa around or just after sunset, when film installations have ideal viewing conditions, consider steering your route toward Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where the SF Urban Film Fest has a free, outdoor exhibit, “Mourning Is an Act of Love,” featuring 12 pieces all about how we memorialize.
The short films, some just a minute long, address who and what we choose to remember with public monuments (“New Monuments Must …” by Cheyenne Concepcion and “LandMarked Part 5 ... A Tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer”) and how we’ve lived under shelterinplace (“New York Pause …” by Susan Horowitz and “Circles” by Javiera Godoy), among other topics.
The films are presented in dialogue with pieces in a variety of other forms: collage, photography, poetry and new media. “w33p1ng m4dr0n3,” a digital project by Mark Ramos, represents COVID deaths in California as blossoms falling from a madrone tree, using daily data from the COVID Tracking Project.
“Mourning Is an Act of Love”: Through May 7. Free. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. https:// sfurbanfilmfest.com/ 2021/mourning-is-an -act-of-love/