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The Heart of San Francisco

Through the eyes of a tourist, you get to see San Francisco from a different angle. It is A city famous for its beauty as well as its graffiti. It is a city famous for the beautiful Golden Gate bridge, but it is also a city where the gap between the rich and poor is too great to bridge over.

Even at the bottom of the last recession in 2009, San Francisco has had 138,300 households with over 1 million in assets. Housing prices may have been lifted back to the pre-recession high, but there are still people who struggle to live under the shadow of the skyrocketing housing prices. To some who live there, San Francisco is a just a city someone else calls home.

In a city where even a million dollars can’t buy you a median priced home, there are only a few things you can have for free – the California sunshine, the fog over Golden Gate, and the free show at Pier 39. Let’s meet someone who was abandoned at birth, adopted at age 10, ran away from home at age 15, and lived and performed on the street but got himself through college. He is the man who is able to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Lynx may not have much, but he has enough to share. Other than the thanks and the occasional tip, his best reward is to see smiles on everyone’s faces. It is a luxury he did not have while growing up, but instead of mourning for what he lost, he decided to give back what was taken from him.

You don’t have to be a millionaire to be happy, just like you don’t need to have money to be rich. Lynx showed us that success is not measured by the size of your bank account, but how much love fills from the heart.

Lynx Show:  https://www.facebook.com/lynx.show

About the Filmmaker
Submitted by Shihyun Sherry Wang

Shihyun Sherry Wang hired a narrator because she does not speak perfect English. However, she decided not to hire a writer because she wanted to tell the story herself.

She has over 30 years of professional experience, but not in the movie industry. If a person with no film training nor filming experience can write, direct, and produce films, then anyone can do it.

As a licensed CPA, she made sure her projects stayed under her ultra low budget. As an insurance agent, she saved workers compensation insurance by hiring herself to do most of the work. As a Microsoft certified office master, she completed 90% of the film using only Microsoft PowerPoint. As a Masters of Business Administration, she built a talented team. And finally, as a realtor, she put the “For Sale” sign up and hope you will buy her story.

Filmmaker’s Website:  http://www.2self.org

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