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I share a conversation with Brandon Gieser and Felix Uribe. The two men are using their cameras and documentary skills to help tell the story of the Tenderloin Neighborhood of San Francisco.
Brenton Gieser is a photographer, filmmaker, documentarian, and visual storyteller originating from Half Moon Bay, California and currently producing the majority of his work in San Francisco. He approaches his work as a personal mandate to help raise questions about social and economic injustice with a desire to move us towards deeper community understanding and social equity. His first short documentary film, Tender Souls, has been screened live for thousands of San Franciscans at SF DocFest, SF Urban Film Festival and at companies like Twitter, Salesforce, Wells Fargo, Zendesk, amongst others. His current project, The 50, unveils the story of the first 50 men to become California certified drug and alcohol counselors while serving either life or long-term prison sentences.
As a Bay Area native, Felix Uribe has been documenting life’s in between moments for the past 12 years. Felix is currently based in San Francisco where he’s an artist in resident for City Hope a nonprofit based in the Tenderloin. Felix’s work displays a sensitivity for true human authenticity and uniquely beautiful aesthetics. Felix portrays people as they are while simultaneously pulling back the layers often revealing more about the subject than text or video would be capable of sharing.
Links to Brenton & Felix’s Work
https://vimeo.com/238410662 (Tender Souls the Film)
Brenton’s Website: https://www.brentongieser.com
Brenton’s Instagram: instagram.com/brentongieser/
Felix’s Website: www.felixuribe.com
Felix’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/felixjr1