Dan Goldes – Producer/Director

Dan Goldes is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Stakeholder Officer at the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (now the San Francisco Travel Association), overseeing public policy, strategic planning, public relations and business development. In that role, Dan had the opportunity to work with many of the players in the central Market Street revitalization effort on a professional level. Dan is a graduate of the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking and his film, ub2, a short documentary about language relating to HIV, has screened at 37 U.S. and international film festivals. His 2015 short documentary, Equal Justice Under Law, premiered in San Francisco before playing at 20 other U.S. and international festivals. His current short doc, Arrested (Again), premiered at the San Francisco Green Film Festival in April 2017 and is playing at festivals around the country. Dan was assistant editor on Out on the Dance Floor, an Official Selection of Frameline32, the San Francisco International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and he produced numerous corporate videos while at the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. He has served on the screening committees for the San Francisco Green Film Festival and the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. Dan and 5 Blocks are in the incubator residency program at the San Francsico Ninth Street Independent Film Center.

Robert Cortlandt – Producer/Director (1958 – 2016)

Robert Cortlandt was an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and media artist whose work has been displayed in the U.S and internationally. He was the recipient of a Prentice and Paul Sack Award for Outstanding Photography and his work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SOMArts, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Still Lights Gallery, and 22 Gallery. His photographs are held in private collections in the United States, Guatemala, and Colombia. He applied his visual skills and knowledge to documentaries focused on education, social change, and marginalized communities. His work includes an assistant director role on the ITVS-funded documentary Follow My Lead, chronicling the same-sex partner dance community, and director and editor on films focused on teen suicide prevention at the It Gets Better Project. He was a former human resources executive with Apple and Gap Inc. and received his BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.

With a few exceptions, the photographs on this site are credited to him.

Erin Palmquist – Director of Photography

Erin Palmquist is a documentary filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked for such companies as Lucasfilm, National Geographic Explorer, and PBS. She was the producer, editor, and director of photography for BDSM: It’s Not What You Think!, which premiered at the San Francisco International Frameline32 Film Festival in 2008 before traveling the world. She was the director of photography for Anthony Palombit’s film Out on the Dance Floor, also an official Frameline32 selection. Erin is the co-producer and director of photography for the documentary shorts series Oakland Originals and is currently in post-production on her own feature-length documentary From Baghdad to the Baya courageous story about an audacious Iraqi refugee and former translator for the US military. Having been accused of being a double agent, tortured by the U.S. military, and ostracized from his family and country, Ghazwan Alsharif struggles to rebuild his life as an openly gay Arabic man in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Peter Stein – Production Consultant

Peter L. Stein’s artistic career as a producer and presenter spans film, theater, television, museums, and online media. During 11 years at PBS station KQED, he wrote, directed and produced a wide range of documentaries and series for national public television, garnering such prestigious honors as the Peabody Award (for his feature-length documentary The Castro) and four Emmy awards for historical, cultural, culinary and environmental programs. From 2003-11 he was executive director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the oldest and largest of its kind anywhere. Combining his passion for media-based stories with community engagement, the festival under Peter’s innovative curatorial direction was named by IndieWire among the top 50 film festivals in the world. Peter also spent three years creating in-gallery exhibitions and their online extensions at the Jewish Museum San Francisco (later renamed Contemporary Jewish Museum). Peter maintains an active career as a public speaker, conducting on-stage interviews with such diverse talent as Kirk Douglas, Stephen Sondheim, Carlos Santana, Fran Lebowitz, Tony Kushner, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Miranda July. He has taught both popular and graduate-level courses in film, and has appeared on such programs as NPR’s “Fresh Air” and “Weekend Edition.” He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University and a third-generation San Francisco native.


Advisory Committee

Jay Boekelheide, Picture Editor & Academy Award-winning sound designer for The Right Stuff. Additional filmography: The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, Jakob the Liar, Sing Faster: The Stagehands’ Ring Cycle, Xiu Xiu: the Sent-Down Girl, Excess Baggage, Johnny Mnemonic, Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press.

Terri Cohn, Writer, Curator, and Art Historian Terri’s writings are largely focused on artists who are involved with contemporary art and media concerns, including conceptual art, gender issues, the intersections between static and time-based media, and evolving public art practices. Terri was interim MATRIX curator and adjunct curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum. Her curatorial work over the past twenty-five years has included numerous site-specific public and gallery installations and several performance art series.

Darcy Padilla, Photographer W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography – The Julie Project, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship, Alexia Foundation for World Peace Professional Grant, Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography Professional Grant, World Press Photo Award

Nicolas Steiner, Swiss-born Director; studied at the European Film College (Denmark), Zurich University (social anthropology, film and politics) and Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy, Ludwigsburg, Germany (directing). Filmography:  Battle of the Queens (2011) It’s Me. Helmut (2010), Blitz und Donner, Windegefrauch (2009), Schwitze (2008), Snatch & Kittie (2006), Meet Toni (2006).

Kim Bender, Director of Development, Pacific Film Archives – Prior to joining PFA, Kim was Director of Development at Bay Area Video Coalition, bringing extensive leadership and development experience in the Bay Area arts and education communities. She was formerly Director of Foundations and Major Gifts at the San Francisco Film Society, and had similar responsibilities at the California Film Institute in Mill Valley. Kim is currently the board president of the Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco as well as a director of Bolinas Community Public Utility District. After studying humanities at UC Berkeley she was a Producing Fellow at the American Film Institute

Robin Balliger, Department Chair, Urban Studies, San Francisco Art Institute. Professor Balliger is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests include globalization, geography, media and popular culture, music/sound, postcolonial theory, political economy, and the Caribbean and Latin America.  She has received fellowships including Fulbright, MacArthur, National Science Foundation, Mellon, and the Textor Award for Outstanding Anthropological Creativity.  Education: PhD and MA, Stanford University, and BA, University of California, Berkeley.