Henri Quenette is a 27-year old French documentary filmmaker. After obtaining a Master of Films at university Paris III- La Sorbonne in 2011, he specialized in documentary films and co-directed the documentary film A Tiny Drop of Change in 2012. He moved to San Francisco in April, 2013 where he shot the documentary film Love Me Tenderloin. Between June and September 2014, he lived in NYC where he shot a new documentary about the Bronx Wrestling Federation.
Love Me Tenderloin
The Tenderloin has long been known as the "heart" of San Francisco. It is the last refuge for elderly, disabled and low-income working people striving to stay in the city. This area is perhaps the last frontier in SF's ever-expanding gentrification trend. It has a high density population and has prominent issues with drugs. San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood can be a difficult place in which to live. Almost a quarter of the neighborhood’s residents live below the poverty level. It can be painful to look at how hard life is for some people. We think of that existing in some far-off country or continent, but it’s in our own backyard, right in downtown San Francisco. At the same time, we’re talking to people about how much love there is among the residents of this neighborhood and the people who work there in order to improve the life of the Tenderloin residents.
Love Me Tenderloin shows the everyday life of four inhabitants living in the Tenderloin. A typical sequence will illustrate each interviewee as he/she goes about a typical day. I already have a variety of people representing a range of homeless or very-low income situations. These stories will be coupled with interviews and footage of social workers and people living in the Tenderloin. The homeless and low income subjects will be purposefully given a majority of the speaking time in the film, prioritizing their own story and voice.
See Love Me Tenderloin trailer here.
For a short video of his current project on the Bronx Wrestling Federation, see the following link.