Zoom In 31: State of Our Minds!
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Crazy. Isolated. Dependent.

Happiness. Depression. Self-esteem. Stress.

Needs to be addressed.

How can we help.

These are some of the words and phrases that came to mind when BAYCAT ACADEMY’s latest cohort of youth film and music producers were asked to respond to the question, “What does mental health mean to you?” The youth media producers brainstormed ideas to commence preparation for their upcoming collaborative project, the newest episode of their award-winning TV show: “Zoom In”.


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This 31st addition to the series, to be titled “State of Our Minds,” will explore a variety of issues and perspectives orbiting the topic of mental health & wellness, and addressing stigma created by the media revolving mental health issues. BAYCAT’s Youth Media Producers will film documentaries, write songs, and produce music videos to tell these stories through the art of digital media.

Mark your calendars for 6pm on Thursday December 4, 2014 when BAYCAT will hold our next open house and our Youth Media Producers will premiere “Zoom In 31: State of Our Minds”.  You can also follow the show online at BAYCAT live.

Are there videos, songs, blogs, and other media about mental health that have inspired you? Do you have a story you’d like to share with us? If so, become a part of the conversation and share in our comments section

Turning 10

Earlier this year, BAYCAT celebrated it’s 10th anniversary, a decade of empowering underserved youth and young adults in the San Francisco Bay Area through education and employment in the creative digital media industry. BAYCAT believes that every story matters, and by providing youth with access to education and resources in filmmaking and music production, we encourage and aid young people to create media that positively impacts themselves, their communities, and the world. If you dig what we’re doing, we encourage you to get involved. There are so many ways that you can make an impact, and we can always use your help!

Youth Media, BAYCAT

BAYCAT Youth Media Producers in the House!

Although the signs of Fall may not be so obvious to us Bay Area residents, it’s clearly the first day of Fall for us at BAYCAT! Our first youth group are in our Studio, and we have many new and returning media producers, who are here to produce music, music videos and films for the next episode of ZOOM IN.

Quiet on the set. Action. #selfie


Animated Shorts for Spring 2013

The Spring 2013 Animation crew didn’t disappoint with their contributions to Zoom In #26: A Day in the Life. Check out all five animated shorts below, including a collaboration with the documentary film class recalling the true story of BAYCAT instructor John Trautwein’s experience as a circus performer.

“Angry Birds Hospital” by Arshad Muhammad

“Deathly Day” by Rachel Purvis

“Ghost Inc.” by Gwydion Brain

“A Day in the Life of a Sidekick” by Alex Lu

“A Day in the Circus”

by the Spring 2013 Youth Media Producers

Join our Open House World Premiere: December 6, 2012!

Join our Youth Media Producers, BAYCAT Board and Team for our Fabulous Winter Open House.

Enjoy YUMMY food, and the premiere of BAYCAT’s 25th Episode of our award-winning youth produced TV show! “Zoom In: Election Year” features topical, informative and entertaining contributions from our Animation, Digital Video and Digital Audio youth classes. Families and friends are always welcome!

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Screening begins promptly at 6:30pm.

If you can’t make it to the event in person, tune in online here for our live-streaming broadcast from 6:30pm-8pm!