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Eyes Up: A Mural for the Tenderloin

A touching documentary that unveils a sense of hope to one of San Francisco’s toughest neighbourhoods.


Henry Dombey and Steve Agnos have crafted a touching and inspirational short documentary that explores the important work of The Precita Eyes muralists, led by the remarkable Susan Cervantes. The film follows Cervantes and her team of talented street artists – Eli Lippert, Monica Magtoto, Malik Seneferu, and Mel Waters – as they embark on a painting project to transform a social housing wall into a meaningful mural for San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

Through the eyes and voices of the artists, we gain insight into the community’s hardships, including poverty, homelessness, and drug abuse. The documentary effectively captures the power of art as a tool for upliftment and positive change, with the mural serving as a beacon of hope for the residents to look up to.

The cinematography is a standout feature of the film, with breathtaking drone footage providing a unique perspective of the mural’s creation and the surrounding city/neighborhood. The well-crafted editing ensures a smooth and engaging narrative flow, allowing the audience to fully immerse themselves in the artists’ journey.

This short film is a testament to the transformative power of art and the dedication of talented individuals who use their creativity to better struggling communities. It serves as a reminder that even in the face of adversity, unity and artistic expression can truly make a difference. Dombey and Agnos have created a poignant and visually captivating documentary that is both moving and inspiring.

Eyes Up Short Documentary


Runtime: 15 min

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