Central Market Street is not changing by the day, it’s changing by the hour.

– J.K. Dineen, San Francisco Business Times

5 Blocks is a documentary film about the current transformational changes taking place on San Francisco’s central Market Street. Once known as “The Great White Way of San Francisco” it has, over the last 40 years, become a blighted no-man’s land. Over the decades, many attempts have been made to revitalize the area – none successful.

Now, a seemingly grass-roots coalition is attempting to do what the previous efforts could not: use the arts and technology to bring economic development to the area while lifting up the poor and marginalized who already live and work there. If successful, San Francisco will create a historic first – but given the stakes, the risk of failure is huge.

5 Blocks is currently in production. Release is expected in 2017.

5 Blocks is generously supported by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Zendesk, and nearly 300 individuals. To make a tax-deductible contribution, visit our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Film Society.

5 Blocks has been awarded an incubator residency at San Francisco’s Ninth Street Independent Film Center, a program generously supported by the San Francisco Film Commission.

Here’s a sneak peak of some short clips as the story unfolds: