18. San Francisco, California
Back in September visionary director Darren Aronofsky and French artist JR teamed up to create art where you might least expect it: projected onto the exterior of San Francisco’s City Hall. A black and white film clip of a group of people silently turning their heads, the film, entitled The Standing March, was intended to remind governments that the people are “watching” them on the subject of climate change. The projected film also served as publicity for the Global Climate Action Summit, which took place in San Francisco around the same time.
Earlier in the summer the Netflix comedy Always Be My Maybe, starring Ali Wong and Keanu Reeves, took over San Francisco’s Richmond District and was said to be shooting at the Fairmont Hotel, Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts and other iconic SF locations. Around the same time in the Bay Area, Brad Pitt’s Plan B shingle and A24 (two entities that collaborated on Moonlight) began filming The Last Black Man in San Francisco, a drama about race and gentrification with Danny Glover and Thora Birch. In October another Netflix production, the 10-part LGBTQ-themed drama miniseries Tales of the City filmed in the streets of SF and will debut sometime in 2019.