This summer, Tom Gray will lose his home. A slim man with hunched shoulders and a halting voice, Gray, 72, has schizophrenia. Before he landed in Carmen Palarca’s board-and-care home 11 years ago, he spent 20 years living on the streets, many of them huddled in a doorway across from a San Francisco Whole Foods. “I feel kind of sad and worried a little bit,” Gray said quietly, sitting in the Sunset District home’s small kitchen on a recent afternoon. He hadn’t yet received official notice from Palarca of her plans to close, but knew it was likely. She had, in fact, sent a letter to the city a few days earlier outlining her intent to shutter the home. The planned closure of yet another board-and-care home reflects a broader trend affecting thousands of low-income Californians with serious mental illness. While housing values soar and minimum-wage increases drive up staffing costs, state reimbursement rates to board-and-cares have remained stagnant. The … [Read more...] about SF board-and-care homes for seriously mentally ill shuttering as costs soar
Photo: Courtesy Of Sundance Institute Photo: Courtesy Of Sundance Institute Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Courtesy Of Sundance Institute Sundance: 2020 New Frontier Program Seeks to Redefine Reality 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The Sundance Institute revealed the last batch of programming for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival — minus a few last-minute additions to its feature lineup, still to come — by announcing its New Frontier section, which consists of virtual reality, new media, and otherwise outside-the-box projects. Like the innovative work it encompasses, Sundance’s New Frontier program has been evolving in recent years, as the festival aims to bring greater attention to the fields of VR, augmented reality, … [Read more...] about Sundance: 2020 New Frontier Program Seeks to Redefine Reality
Photo: Courtesy Of Sundance Institute Photo: Courtesy Of Sundance Institute Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Courtesy Of Sundance Institute Sundance Announces 2020 New Frontier Lineup Featuring Underwater VR, Chomsky A.I. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The 2020 edition of the Sundance Film Festival will once again feature a broad selection of new media experiences and installations: Sundance Institute announced the lineup of its New Frontier selections Thursday, which this time around not only include augmented and virtual reality, but also SMS-based text messaging, biotech and artificial intelligence. Some of the more unconventional pieces include “Spaced Out” from French artist Pierre Friquet a.k.a. Pyaré, an underwater VR … [Read more...] about Sundance Announces 2020 New Frontier Lineup Featuring Underwater VR, Chomsky A.I.
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