Films With Friends provides a renegade option for a neighborhood devoid of any conventional film screening venues, showing films in cafes, bars, businesses, a piazza, and iconic North Beach locations.
The monthly programming of screenings is as varied as the venues in which they're seen, including the work of independent filmmakers, archival materials, home movies, experimental cinema, and classic features from film history. Each program is designed to include diverse options, offering film enthusiasts a choice of rare and fascinating content they might never experience elsewhere.
Community participation is the basis of Films With Friends, as it relies on business owners to provide venues for screenings. It also serves the business community by bringing customers into places struggling to recoup after pandemic losses and rebuild a clientele. It gives filmmakers a platform and provides the community and city with a free and lively monthly event that brings together neighbors who have never met.