Mar. 20, 2020


With Bay Area residents doing their critical part—staying home to stem the coronavirus outbreak—we’re pivoting to an online take on our PROXY Spring Series. Here is this week’s line up of films, music, distractions, and calls to action, for you to explore.



PROXY Spring Series Selection


Directed by Bong Joon Ho, 2019 [R]

A modern fairytale from Bong Joon Ho, PARASITE touches on the underlying forces that push and pull everyone in the grasp of capitalism. The less you know about this film, the better. Suggested aperitif: the curated pre-screening playlist below.

Watch on Amazon



Directed by Chang-Dong Lee, 2018 [not rated]

Another South Korean, class-conscious thriller, Chang-Dong Lee adapted BURNING from a Haruki Murakami short story for his first film in 8 years. Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

Watch on Netflix



One of the subtle touches of our PROXY Spring Series is the curated playlists we create to set the mood for each film. Music and memory share a deep connection; it can conjure the magic of a night spent outside in the company of friends and neighbors. Listening together from afar, maybe can create a bit of that same magic?

Listen on Spotify or Apple Music



PROXY vendor Public Rec has developed an app to allow widespread access to their training courses. In an effort to help San Francisco stay active, they are offering free access to their workouts for 30 days. Just log in at Workout Daily and get moving.



We’re stronger together during these challenging times, and there are a lot we can do to help those in need even while staying in. Here are just a few ideas.


The San Francisco Unified School District is providing free meals to all students throughout the school closures to ensure that kids who depend on the district for regular meals remain cared for. Pick-up sites are open from 9-10AM each day with meals ready to go — no proof of enrollment is required.

To support this essential service, please donate to the SFUSD Student Nutrition Services to support the program.


Local businesses need our support more than ever. The San Francisco Chronicle has built a web page to track Bay Area restaurants offering takeaway during the shelter-in-place order. Purchasing a gift card to use later is another way to support the restaurants that feed this wonderful city.


The San Francisco + Marin Food Bank provides our vulnerable neighbors with the food they need, and more volunteers are desperately needed to help meet the growing demand. If you’re healthy and able, you can help fill the gap by signing up here. Those unable to volunteer can lend their support by donating here.


Are you looking to lend a hand or a neighborhood resident in need? The Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association has an email account to match volunteers with those needing assistance. Please reach out to to get involved.


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