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Film Review: THE OTHER BARRIO Takes on Gentrification

BROOKLYN & BOYLE February 7, 2017

Betteo and cinematographer Andrew Crighton shoot San Francisco in a saturated, almost neon darkness evoking films like Spike Lee’s The 25th Hour. The photography creates an immersive atmosphere that turns the gentrified streets of San Francisco into a menacing labyrinth full of intrigue. Villains emerge from the shadows with a tension reminiscent of Touch of Evil.

Bye-bye barrio: Filmgoers praise movie about the “real” San Francisco


“The Other Barrio,” the San Francisco film noir that had its East Coast premiere on Feb. 26 at the DC Independent Film Festival takes on gentrification, an issue of growing concern not just in the San Francisco neighborhood of La Misión, where the gritty crime drama unfolds, but here in our nation’s capital, as well. 

Film: “The Other Barrio,” a neo-negro gentrification story

HOLACULTURA.OCM  February 26, 2015

“The Other Barrio,” a neo-noir crime drama directed by Dante Betteo, where “nothing is as it seems,” is a film of many levels. There’s the drama of a housing inspector trying to solve the mystery behind a fire that killed seven people in a building he inspected himself. A web of political intrigue and corruption that puts him and those around him in danger. However, on another more subtle level, the film also tackles the issues of gentrification in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Director Dante Betteo On His Noir Love Letter To S.F.’S Disappearing Barrio, The Mission

REMEZCLA  February 8, 2015

Adapted and directed by Dante Betteo, in his narrative feature debut; he wore many hats to get it made and ended up co-producing and editing the film. It also includes the participation of a myriad of local luminaries

Made in the Mission: A Talk with ‘The Other Barrio’ Director Dante Betteo

KQED ARTS  February 5, 2015

Café La Boheme, at 24th and Mission, served as an ideal place to meet with director Dante Betteo and discuss the path the film took, starting with its inception as a short story by San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía.

Film noir set in Mission headlines SF IndieFest

SFGate  January 28, 2015

Filmmaker Dante Betteo knew within minutes of picking up the 2005 anthology “San Francisco Noir” and reading Murguía’s short story that he wanted to film it. Betteo’s homegrown neo-noir, his feature directing debut, makes its world premiere as the 17th SF IndieFest’s centerpiece on Sunday at Brava Theater.

Mission-made film awaits festival premiere

El Tecolote Newspaper February 27, 2014

The Mission District-based film "The Other Barrio" is ready for public showing if selected for the upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival.


The film, adapted from San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia's short story of the same name, is the first feature length film of award-winning documentary filmmakers Dante Betteo and Lou Dematteis.

Interview on NBC Bay Area

February 18, 2014

Watch an interview about The Other Barrio I did on NBC Bay Area's Comunidad del Valle program, with Damian Trujillo. He and I go a long way back, as we worked together at Telemundo/San Jose in the 90's.

The Other Barrio May Be San Francisco's Next Great Noir

The Huffington Post December 2012


Producer Lou Dematteis and director Dante Betteo of local film company SF Noir have taken advantage of the city's rich noir history and ensconced their upcoming film, "The Other Barrio," in the beating heart of San Francisco's vibrant Mission District.

Crime, Sex and Fire Equals a New Mission Movie

Mission Local May 2012


Local filmmaker Dante Betteo and photographer/filmmaker Lou Dematteis are taking Alejandro Murguía's Mission-centric story "The Other Barrio" into their hands.  They'll begin shooting in June.  Murguía's piece was plucked from Peter Maravelis' anthology titled "San Francisco Noir," a collection laced with crime, tension and sex.


"The Other Barrio" follows Roberto Morales, a San Francisco housing authority investigator.  He explores the truth behind a fire that killed seven at the Apache Hotel on the corner of 16th. and Valencia, now Restaurant Yoyo.

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