D Street Media's CEO Dexter Davis: How does an openly gay African-American man become a film mogul? He acted like one. Hear Marilyn Pittman's interview with D Street Media CEO Dexter Davis. His global film production and distribution company includes productions in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles.

Making "Reel" Change with Independent Film

Mar 13, 2012
San Francisco International Film Festival
courtesy of San Francisco International Film Festival

San Francisco has more film festivals than any other city in the country besides New York. In fact, the oldest film festival still running anywhere in the Americas is the San Francisco International Film festival - started in 1957. But San Francisco is also know as a progressive, activist city. Is there a connection between San Francisco’s activism and its love for independent cinema? What makes film such a powerful tool? And when art combines with public policy, do filmmakers have a responsibility more in line with journalists than artists?


Photo Courtesy of Jimmy Ryan Balboa Be Bop Band


No, jazz legend Coleman Hawkins is not from the Bay Area, and he’s not back from the dead. But you’ll learn about him, and other jazz greats, in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, “A Great Day in Harlem,” which you can see at the Balboa Theater in San Francisco on Sunday (January 29).

The program also includes live jazz from Jimmy Ryan’s Balboa Be-Bop Band, both before the film, and then again after.