San Francisco movie production ramps up with ‘Big Sur,’ ‘Hemingway and Gellhorn’

The Haight’s street kids and hippies are stars in their own right, but they’re gonna have to move over for the likes of Kate Bosworth and Josh Lucas

Director Michael Polish is currently filming “Big Sur,” an independent movie about the life of beat-era hero Jack Kerouac, in a large blue Victorian on Haight Street near Scott Street.

You can find it by all the trailers, lights and San Francisco Police officers surrounding it.

The movie has also filmed on Olympia Way, according to

“Big Sur” is not the only movie filming in San Francisco right now: HBO is currently filming “Hemingway and Gellhorn,” a drama starring Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, Robert Duvall and Parker Posey. That crew was spotted filming in Chinatown on Wednesday. (Local magazine 7X7 posted pictures here.)

UPDATE: After posting this blog, we spoke with San Francisco Film Commission Executive Director Susannah Greason Robbins, who tells us that “Big Sur” is almost done filming and should leave to begin filming in the locale eponymous with the movie.

In the last few weeks they’ve been filming in several of Kerouac’s “old haunts,” Greason Robbins said, including City Lights Bookstore and Tosca Café in North Beach.

“Hemingway and Gellhorn” has also been shooting around town, including at the War Memorial and Herbst Theater, Pier 45 and the Swedenborgian Church in Presidio Heights. The filming began Feb. 27 and is expected to last through May 5.

After that, an independent film called “Knife Fight” will be shooting in San Francisco – no word on where yet – with an all-local crew, she said.

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