The SFUFF Signature Storytelling Workshop is an engaging three-hour session that demystifies the art of storytelling while fostering the creation of diverse, community-centered narratives aligned with an organization’s objectives. Guided by seasoned filmmakers, these workshops are tailored for each project or program, ensuring a bespoke approach that caters to public agencies, grassroots organizations, and design and planning firms. Dive deeper into the case studies below that exemplify the breadth and impact of our work.

Past Workshops

City is Alive: The Future of Cultural Districts Storytelling Workshop (2022)
Key Partners: Chinese Cultural Center, Bindlestiff, Leather + LGBTQ District, American Indian Cultural District

The burgeoning cultural district movement in San Francisco is evolving into a potent strategy for place preservation. Recently, four pivotal organizations from distinct cultural districts—SOMA Pilipinas, Chinatown, American Indian, and Leather + LGBTQ—convened at YBCA to participate in SFUFF’s intensive 3-hour storytelling workshop. Together, they crafted compelling narratives aimed at advocating for the crucial preservation of their respective cultural spaces.


Creating Anti-Displacement Campaigns (2021)
Key Partner: SOMA Pilipinas

“Multigenerational. Families. Community.” These were the recurring themes echoing through our storytelling workshop held in collaboration with SOMA Pilipinas. Together, we crafted narratives aimed at forrtifying anti-displacement campaigns and community resilience. Delve into the insights shared on our blog for a closer look.


City of Sacramento Office of Innovation and Economic Development (2021)

Among the cohort of impact-driven startups supported by the City of Sacramento’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development are organizations like Women in Data, La Familia Counseling Center, Hacker Labs, Capital Coalition, and Start Up Sac. Through participation in SFUFF’s storytelling workshop, these enterprises honed strategies to package and promote their missions effectively in order to fuel their growth. Explore our case study blog for an insightful dive into their journey towards impactful storytelling and growth.


City Innovate/ STIR Labs (2021)

The City Innovate-sponsored STIR Labs serves as an incubator, fostering collaborations among academia, start-ups, and city government agencies to prototype solutions for pressing community issues. Even amidst the challenges of the pandemic, policy innovation persisted as fourteen teams convened over Zoom to take part in the SFUFF storytelling workshop. Their aim: crafting compelling outlines for short videos to enegage the public in critical topics such as the Efficacy of the Police-Social Services Co-Responder Model for Community-Wide Mental Health and Mapping Food Insecurity.


San Francisco County Transportation Authority (2018, 2020)
Key Partners: SFCTA, SPUR

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) is at the forefront of planning and executing innovative transportation solutions. SFCTA has utilized SFUFF’s storytelling workshop services to craft impactful communication strategies for two pioneering initiatives: the congestion pricing program and the autonomous vehicle shuttle pilot program on Treasure Island. This collaborative effort underscores SFCTA’s commitment to advancing visionary transportation solutions through effective storytelling.


Building Black Intergenerational Wealth (2019)
Key Partner: Young Community Developers (YCD)

During a series of storytelling workshops, YCD set a powerful objective: to rally “100 Black Homeowners in the Bayview.” This goal stands at the core of combating the urgent affordable housing crisis within their community, aiming to establish generational wealth, empowerment, and agency for San Francisco’s Black community. Guided by SFUFF’s facilitation, participants—comprising community leaders, longstanding and newer homeowners, alongside YCD staff—shaped three pivotal themes: Legacy, Homecoming, and Knowledge. Filmmaker Shantré Pinkney, a former Bayview resident, skillfully interwove these themes into a poignant short video, which found a home on YCD’s homepage for several years.

The mission to mobilize 100 Black property owners remains a focal point. Recently, YCD hosted a breakfast meeting, unveiling a proposed project to accommodate Black teachers within the Bayview. For a detailed account of YCD’s Storytelling Workshop, explore the full case study blog. Read about the YCD video production from the perspective of the filmmaker, Shantré Pinkney, here.

Key Partners