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

– J.K. Dineen, San Francisco Business Times

San Francisco’s Market Street was once the grandest boulevard in America. No stranger to civic celebrations since the 1900s and just minutes from City Hall, the area fell into decline and became home to the city’s poorest population. The neighborhood is currently undergoing its most dramatic change in 50 years as tech companies, their employees, and the restaurants and stores that cater to them confront the realities of a neighborhood that still houses some of the city’s most marginalized residents. 5 Blocks explores the complex questions of income disparity, changing demographics, and the very nature of place.

5 Blocks is currently in post-production. Release is expected in September 2019.

5 Blocks is generously supported by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Zendesk, and nearly 200 individuals. To make a tax-deductible contribution, visit our fiscal sponsor, the Center for Independent Documentary.

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:

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