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SF Commons

Open Mic Group

SF Commons is San Francisco Public Access television. Housed at BAVC since 2009, SF Commons provides any current city resident who wants to produce a show access to video equipment, a television studio, low-cost trainings, and a time-slot on cable TV. Our local producers create media that matters to them and their communities covering a wide range of issues, topics and interests. Content is both broadcast locally and streamed online.

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What is SF Commons?

SF Commons is San Francisco Public Access television, housed at BAVC since 2009. Through a grant agreement with the City Department of Technology, SF Commons is able to provide access to video equipment, a television studio, low-cost trainings and a time-slot on cable TV for any current city resident who wants to produce a show. In conjunction with SFGOVTV and EATV, we provide public, educational, and government television services for San Francisco residents, ensuring that locally-produced, non-commercial media remains an essential component to free expression and engagement at a local level.

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SFCommonSense Panelists May 2015


Become a Producer

Public Access television has a vibrant and storied history in San Francisco. Would you like to contribute your work as an artist, community journalist, storyteller, activist to public access TV? No show is turned away, and we offer our services to help you develop the skills to create broadcast-ready content.

For more information, contact Javan Jiles, SF Commons Studio & Equipment Coordinator: 
javan@bavc.org or 415-558-2125.

Hours of Operation: Tuesdays–Friday 12–7 pm, Saturdays 10 am–4 pm

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Got Feedback?

Whether you have opinions about broadcast quality or content, we want to hear from you.

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Producer Spotlight

Sonny Francisc

You have no idea what a boost it is when someone comes up to you and says they saw you on television.

Sonny Francis

Information for Current Producers

These resources are for current Producers to familiarize themselves with SF Commons Policies and Procedures and get to know each other and their shows better through the Producers Directory.

Policies & Procedures Producer Resources Producer Directory

SF Commons Classes