That One Time Someone Brought a Piano Up to Bernal Heights


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Hello, my name is Darryl. I’m a frequent contributor here on SF Critic.

Anyhow, I made a short film about the piano that magically appeared on top of Bernal Hill a few months ago. I first stumbled upon this gem one night while out taking some photos around the city. There were just a handful of people there – including a younger kid playing hits like “Moondance” and “Benny and the Jets.”

That night, I couldn’t stop thinking about how inspiring and generous of a gift the piano was for the city, and for anyone who might happen to stumble upon it. The next day I decided to go back with my friend Mark, who is also a cinematographer. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but the experience was amazing.

I need to give a huge thank you to all of the people who were involved. Although I only had the chance to meet a few of you that evening, the fact that we were all able to come together for this event was really awesome. Todd Iceton is the man.

I hope you enjoy the film, let us know what you think!


Karen X. Cheng
Kim-Mai Cutler
James Daly
Jessica Daly
Matt Ganucheau
Benjamin Larsen Strong Gribble
Marc Haumann
Amélie-Phaine Keller
George Lipp
Aza Raskin
Stuart Thomas
Ben Wilson
Phil Chart
Joe Edelman
Peter Erlich
Art Gimbel
Todd Iceton
Christophe Thibault
Giuseppie Triosi
Darryl Kirchner
Mark DeRutte
Fabian Molina


Piano Heights from BLOOM on Vimeo.