From making sundaes at Ghirardelli to making movies at Treasure Island

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From making sundaes at Ghirardelli to making movies at Treasure Island

If Kim Bass looked over from his director’s chair perched on Treasure Island and across the choppy, bright blue San Francisco Bay just a few yards away, he might be able to spot the Ghirardelli Chocolate factory where he used to sling scoops of ice cream. But Bass doesn’t make hot fudge sundaes anymore. The “In Living Color” writer and creator of Nickelodeon’s “Keenan and Kel” makes movies now.

“I started washing dishes,” confessed Bass on a break from filming shots for his latest film “HeadShop,” a comedy-drama that takes place in Oakland. “Then I bused tables, and finally … I got to make the sundaes. I got my paper hat.”

Forty years ago, when he was 20, Bass briefly lived in a rooming house on Polk Street where he slept on the floor until it was his turn to use the lone bed. He served tourists ice cream during the day and dreamed of making movies and television at night. “All I ever wanted to do is tell my stories,” beamed Bass.

Updated: August 20, 2017 11:53 am