San Francisco launches independent filmmaker ‘incubator’ program 

The latest effort by the recently reinvigorated Film Commission is the establishment of a film “incubator” program at 134A Golden Gate Ave.

Approved by the Film Commission Monday, the program will allow independent filmmakers who are from San Francisco or working on projects with a significant tie to The City to rent out space in the building at an extremely affordable rate, about $1 or $1.50 per square foot.

The space is being offered at no cost to the Film Commission. The landlord, 134 Golden Gate LLC, will receive the rent from the filmmakers. There are 10 offices in the building, which includes a 2,200 square foot open space and 750 square foot secondary office space.

The program builds on recent success of more movie-making magic and star power gracing San Francisco, including a few days shooting of “On the Road,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion,” which resulted in long-lines of people trying out to be extras in the film, and the ongoing shooting of  Philip Kaufman’s “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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