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Sunday, August 8 – 10am
Journalist Denise Sullivan
& Filmmaker Eric Goodfield in conversation
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Filmmaker Eric Goodfield

Join San Francisco Examiner columnist Denise Sullivan for a series of morning discussions with The City’s arts and cultural leaders and lesser-known workers, the everyday people who help make this place we call home, every second Sunday at 10 am, live streamed from Bird & Beckett Books in Glen Park.

This morning, Sunday, August 8 at 10 a.m., Denise will engage filmmaker Eric Goodfield in a conversation on his work as a filmmaker documenting San Francisco during the pandemic.


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Eric Goodfield spent 140 days of the pandemic filming San Francisco, from deserted streets and businesses closed and boarded up, to the city streets filling up with parklets. He filmed artists creating murals on plywood to cover windows, went on marches with Black Lives Matter activists, and embedded himself with anti-mask/anti-vax/open California protesters. Keeping detailed logs of what he shot, who he met and what he saw, his storylines take in specific days, neighborhoods, landmarks and classic San Francisco businesses. We will be screening a short clip of SF COVID Days: Sights and Sounds of the Pandemic and discussing Goodfield’s experiences in the closed city.

Director, producer and cinematographer Eric Goodfield’s work has appeared on most of the world’s major networks, streaming channels and numerous websites. Maker of four films, his latest project, SF COVID Days: Sights and Sounds of the Pandemic, is in part inspired by Goodfield’s childhood viewing of footage depicting the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and is intended as a preservation project for viewers of the future.

Denise Sullivan is an author, a cultural worker and independent reporter. She conceived the Examiner’s San Francisco Lives column in 2018 to document the city and its people under pressure of extremes.  Throughout the pandemic, she continued to bring on-the-ground and often personal reports celebrating locals who are surviving, serving and flourishing, the stories often underscoring the interconnected nature of our lives.

Her interview with filmmaker Eric Goodfield appeared in last Sunday’s Examiner. Here’s a portion:


Goodfield’s frequent interactions with people citywide was in stark contrast to those of us who were working indoors or at essential jobs with a specified location or purpose. But his work, though not storyboarded or scripted, was with intent: To create an artistic document of the psychogeography of our place.

   “I’m observing how the environment affects the behavior of people,” said Goodfield of the influence of a concept derived from 20th Century theorist and philosopher, Guy Debord.

“Debord called it la dérive, the drift, walking out the door without a plan, going where your senses take you. It’s a classic street photography technique,” said Goodfield. His field of inspiration also  includes the literature of Charles Baudelaire who introduced la flâneur, an urban spectator whose role is constantly shifting under the weight of oppressive systems, among other interpretations. The films of Chris Marker and Chantel Ackerman, who he discovered once he was midstream on his own project, seem similarly conceived.

“They aren’t visually like what I’m doing but conceptually, the interest in the mundane, is similar,” he said.

Read the entire interview here and tune in for the continued conversation on Sunday:

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