water under the bridge: an experimental portrait of san francisco

Water Under the Bridge

Water Under the Bridge

something in the past that cannot be controlled or undone, but must be accepted, forgiven, or forgotten


Water Under The Bridge is an experimental portrait of the city of San Francisco. The film follows various people and places throughout San Francisco, touching upon different experiences and interactions with this urban landscape. The subjects of the film include an Iranian techie, describing his commute from San Francisco to Silicon Valley; a sailor describing his own mythology of the Golden Gate Bridge; a City College professor discussing how owning a home in San Francisco has changed her; a family of three relating cultural differences between Zimbabwe and California; and a Nob Hill native relaying her dismay over her neighborhood’s changing culture and how she thinks her contemporaries can do better. Most of the characters grapple with mixed emotions, as their own efforts are rewarded or thwarted in their journey to maintain a home. Through a unique spread of authentic experiences, directors Mila Puccini and Katie Wheeler-Dubin ask the question: what is San Francisco? And if home is where love is, what kind of lover is San Francisco?


Each of the screenings includes live performances blending storytelling specific to that host city with visual art made by other artists in conjunction with the stories—a collaboration with Story². More details to be posted soon:

Thursday, March 3 @ Vogue Theatre (San Francisco)

w/performances by:

Richard Toomer & Kelly Taylor
Christopher Moore & Rachel Simon Marino
Natalia Vigil & Amanda Vigil

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Richard Toomer is stand up comedian and producer based out of San Francisco, California. He also co-produces a monthly show called Crushes, Loves, & One Night Stands and was an artist on 2016’s SF Sketchfest. 

If u see Kelly Taylorsay hi. She lives in the East Bay.

Christopher Moore is a local sound-performance artist and contributing editor ofKEEPEYES magazine. Drawing from experiences while living in San Francisco, his works have sampled the City’s soundscape while juxtaposed with open form poetry. ForWater Under The Bridge premier, Christopher will be performing “Passing of the Storm”: a sound-poem that subjectively reflects the artist’s schizophrenic perception of the ever-changing City.   

Rachel Marino graduated with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her works traverse through different mediums from illustration to painting to sculpture. Through perverse and macabre humor, Rachel’s works have thematically groped the human essence to reveal us at our basest, mundane, and trivial.

Natalia Vigil is a queer Chicana writer, multi-media curator, and big sister  born and raised in San Francisco. Her multi-genre writing arises from the voices and  stories  of  the  people  around  her and mixes  poem,  memoir, song,  feminism,  Xicanisma,  loss,  and  myth.  Her  work has   appeared   in numerous publications   and   shows  around the Bay Area.  She is the proud co-founder and curator of Still Here San Francisco a performance and community dialogue project highlighting the experiences of Queer/LGBTQI people raised in S.F.

Amanda Vigil is a San Francisco born and raised filmmaker, educator, & media artist. She began working as a video artist at the age of 17 with the Young Artist At Work program (YBCA) and now holds a BFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS). She has proudly focused her talents as a video production educator for the last 8 years and is now the Media Arts Director at Mission High School. Find her at vimeo.com/amandavigil.

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Saturday, March 5 @ The New Parkway (Oakland) – 3pm

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Luna Malbroux is a stand up comic, writer, host of Live Sex, and the CEO of EquiPay. She lives in Oakland with her partner, a large stuffed teddy bear.

Morgen Kelsey Ramirez bio coming soon

Matt Lieb is a comedian, writer, actor and one-man Bone Thugs-N-Harmony cover band. He has opened for Jeff Ross, Rory Scovel, Gilbert Gottfried, W. Kamau Bell, and 3rd Eye Blind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpia-otXmkM

Jordan Cerminara is an award winning cartoonist by day and hilarious comedian at night who is a regular at all the cool comedy places in the Bay Area.

Sunday, March 6 @ The New Parkway (Oakland) – 3pm

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Leslie Small, a SF Bay Area native is probably the coolest person you haven’t met but you absolutely should. She spends her days bathing in the tears of her enemies and nights killing the game, basically the life you dreamed of but never attained.

Auden Lincoln-Vogel grew up in Massachusetts and attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he studied studio art and Russian. He now lives in Oakland and teaches art for a San Francisco non-profit. His animations, films and video installations employ hand-drawn, collage, computer, rotoscoping and experimental techniques and have been shown at numerous film festivals and exhibitions in the US, Europe and Asia. More of his work can be found at audenlincolnvogel.com.

Chris Riggins is an Oakland based comedian who travels all over the country making people laugh with his quick wit and lovable demeanor. He regularly opens for Dave Chappelle.

Erica Webster is a human female composed of 75% water. She has no art website, but the social justice warriors among you can check out where she works at cjcj.org.

watch the film, see what’s next

QL FilmsCombustion cast + crew • Watch the written responses to the story

sparkle + blink 52 by Quiet Lightning



time … to … combust … approaching

Announcing our lineup for the May 12 premiere of our first film, Combustion, to be held at The New Parkway Theater in Oakland:

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Amy E. Glasenapp
Ginger Buswell
Brielle Brilliant
Lisa Piazza
Paul Corman-Roberts
Melissa R. Sipin
Brooke Ferguson
Shelby Hinte
John Babbott

With music by Kendra McKinley!

474 24th St., Oakland (map)
7:00 readings, doors at 6:30

$10, first 100 ppl get a copy of sparkle + blink
Dinner and full bar available • All ages welcome
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Submissions to our June show are open through Wednesday, May 14th. Anything goes!

submissions open for may debut of quiet lightning films

Quiet Lightning Films will premiere in Oakland at The New Parkway on Monday, May 12th. Read the story that inspired the film: Combustion, by Amy E. Glasenapp. We’re selling advance tickets — don’t miss out! We’re also accepting submissions. Get on it… submissions will be closed until June, for our July show.

Director Katie Wheeler-Dubin Making Fire

sparkle + blink 50 with the San Francisco Center for the Book
Friday, March 7th
375 Rhode Island Street
7:30 readings, doors at 6:30
$7-10, first 100 ppl get a special edition
$3 ice cold Lagunitas drafts
Free snacks • All ages welcome

combustion! our first film

Amy E. Glasenapp‘s story “Combustion” will be the basis for our first short film, which we plan to screen at our May show. We’re currently casting; auditions are this Wednesday and Thursday (January 29th and 30th) in San Francisco. If you can’t make it on one of those dates and would like a shot, we’ll be holding a short round early afternoon Saturday February 1st. More details about the film and auditions can be found here.

spontaneous combustion

Thanks to everyone who sent us a script or a story. We received 19 and accepted 1 (5%). We had a blast imagining how we might convert them into movies, and are thrilled to get to work on Amy’s story. Actually, we’re already hard at work: the script is being drafted, the location scouted, props and equipment gathered… we’ll have all the shooting done by the first of March.

Hope to see you before then, though.

announcing quiet lightning films!

Now accepting submissions for our first QL Film, which we hope to debut at our show on May 5th, 2014. Let’s make some magic:

Submissions must include:

  1. Any work of fiction or nonfiction no longer than 8 double spaced pages.
  2. A proposal: How would you like us to convert the story into a short film? What are some locations you have in mind? All shooting will be done in the greater Bay Area.
  3. Your available hours. Location scouting, storyboarding and shooting will have to take place between February 1st and March 3rd and may take as much as 3 full days of shooting, plus pre-production meetings.
  4. We will work with you to assemble the appropriate cast, as called for.
  5. Submissions will close at the end of Sunday, January 19th. We will announce our selection on Saturday, February 1st.

Quiet Lightning Films is directed by Katie Wheeler-Dubin. We hope to make two films this year. If you have any questions or ideas, or have access to any neat venues, please feel free to drop her a line: films at quietlightning dot org.