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Short Docs

Some one-man-band short documentaries I've made during my time working for San Francisco Public Works.


A film for the 2017 AIA 3rd Annual I Look Up Film Challenge

This film is about the Navigation Center: A pioneering, transitional housing concept for the homeless in San Francisco. I followed one of the residents, Fred Vickers, around the Navigation Center to hear his story and spoke with the project’s architects and designers to learn about what influenced them and why this project is so important to the City.

The Navigation Center program is designed to serve San Francisco’s highly vulnerable and long-term homeless residents who are often afraid of approaching traditional shelters and services. Navigation Centers provide room and board to San Franciscans without shelter while case managers work intensively to connect them to jobs, public benefits, health services and permanent housing opportunities.

The location for the featured Navigation Center is also innovative as it is built on a temporarily available site – a dead-end street in the public right of way that will be available for only three years – and utilizes modular construction, elevated on a demountable wood deck system, that can be reconfigured and relocated once the site is vacated.

Direction, videography, editing: Julian Pham

Official Selection

2nd Runner Up - 2017 AIA "I Look Up Film Challenge"

Architecture and Design Film Festival New York 2017

Architecture and Design Film Festival Chicago 2017


As San Francisco sleeps, the Neighborhood Enhancement Action Team, or NEAT Team, is keeping our City’s toughest alleyways and corridors clean and safe. We ride along with Public Works crew member Nat Mansker to experience some of their daily challenges.

Direction, videography, editing: Julian Pham


A colorful dragon design freshly adorns a Miraloma Park sidewalk, providing kids with a new opportunity to get outdoors and do what they love: play. The 176-foot-long interactive sidewalk mural titled “Hop, Skip and Play on Omar Way” aims to spark the imagination of young people and get them moving!

Direction, editing: Julian Pham

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