Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Colma: The Musical!

***After a brief hiatus at Atlantic Beach with John, I am back, albeit sunburned, and ready to dive back into our beloved City blog!!****

Yes, you read that right - there is actually a musical based on the little city of Colma, California. For those of you that don't know, Colma is a small town that rests just south of San Francisco, right after Daly City (where I grew up!). As a kid, I recall the strange bumper stickers around town that read, "It's great to be ALIVE in Colma!"

What's the joke, you ask? Well, it is fairly common knowledge that the only burial places in the city proper are the S.F. Columbarium and San Francisco National Cemetery in Golden Gate Park, neither one providing space for public burial. Just about anyone who passes away in San Francisco is buried at one of the many cemeteries in Colma, making the deceased to living ratio approximately 1500:1.

This fact has always intrigued me, so I set out to do a little Colma research, only to find the very first entry on the Google search results to be....Colma: The Musical! Am I the only one that feels a sudden urgent need to see this film???

I never thought this sleepy "dead" town would ever become the theme for a film that, in 2006, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, among various others.

I definitely will be looking for this in my Netflix queue with a review sure to follow.


  1. It's actually a great movie. Not Oscar-winning, but nice for all the scenes. Lots of views of Daly City, there's also a scene filmed in the parking lot of Molloy's, across from Holy Cross Cemetery. Have you been inside Molloy's? They also have lots of vintage pics of San Francisco. Enjoy the movie, and let me know what you think!
    - Cel

  2. Hi, I stumbled across your blog through Facebook. Being a native son of thecity I am always interested in San Francisco including your blog...
    Just needed to point out that the San Francisco National Cemetery is in the Presidio. Maybe you got confused with the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. Both of the above cemeteries are military cemeteries with all burial plots spoken for...

  3. Actually, yes, Bob, you're right and I didn't realize my error...cemeteries in GGP?? LOL Thanks!


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