Last Friday night, a nice crowd attended the world premiere of Kevin Epps’ new film Straight Outta Hunters Point 2 at the Lumiere theater in San Francisco.
The evening began with the screening of two short films programmed by the San Francisco Black Film Festival (SFBFF) followed by an introduction by Kevin Epps to his documentary.
Straight Outta Hunters Point 2 is the follow up to the 2003 groundbreaking, acclaimed documentary film, about San Francisco’s last black community dealing with social, economic, environmental and gang violence issues. This installment is an update of the current state of the neighborhood and what current issues and challenges Bayview Hunters Point face. The film presents the heart-wrenching reality of the neighborhood, where redevelopment threatens to expel the community by creating new housing that current residents cannot afford, the many health hazards produced by the PG&E plant as well as the toxic waste dating back from World War II, and the escalating violence that has taken the life of far too many.
Epps presents various viewpoints on the issues afflicting Hunters Point, and provides and insider look into the lives of many people who live in the neighborhood. The film leaves one deeply provoked by the issues addressed, and in some cases, as one audience member expressed during the Q&A session after the screening, “it brings you to tears.”
Kevin Epps’ closing remarks after the world premier screening of his new film Straight Outta Hunters Point 2