World Premiere Screening: “Endangered”

It’s the first of our 10-year celebrations, and BAYCAT is excited to be indoors this Saturday afternoon with you to premiere worldwide our latest Community Cinema film Endangered: A Healthy Bayview For All as part of The Roxie Theater’s Future Filmmakers Series.

Join Supervisor Malia Cohen, Bayview community leaders and our young filmmakers as we screen a series of shorts, Pictures of Bayview, stir your curiosity and start conversations about Bayview Hunters Point, one of the most misperceived neighborhoods in SF.

We’re also filming with our partners, One Day in San Francisco, to tell your untold stories about what you love, hate and fear most about living in SF as part of a nationwide, participatory media-creation event.

WHEN: THIS Saturday, April 26th promptly at 2:00pm

WHERE: The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, SF

COST: Free. Thanks to our partners, The Metta Fund, who are sponsoring the event and healthy snacks!

RSVP and share on Facebook.  See you Saturday!

Villy Wang

Our Collaboration with 826 Valencia – “MILES AWAY” – A New Short Film

Coming in early 2012, MILES AWAY is the seventh short film produced by BAYCAT”s Community Cinema Program. The program employs three aspiring digital media producers from the Bay Area community each term. In addition to the three interns, the program engages youth from BAYCAT’s educational program, local actors, filmmakers, businesses, non-profits and artists to create grassroots media that allows them to share their community’s stories, and to highlight local issues.

MILES AWAY was originally written as an autobiographical short story by Julio Espinoza, a high school student at June Jordan School for Equity through 826 Valencia’s Young Author’s Book Project, then adapted into a screenplay by Bay Area poet and author Chinaka Hodge. It stars Ricardo Chang, a Bayview resident and student in our youth programs. The short is directed by longtime BAYCAT team member Ariel Dovas and former intern and current BAYCAT team member Jose Alfaro.

When a single mother originally from Guatemala (Lucia) moves her teenage son (Julio) from San Francisco across the Bay to Richmond, he has a hard time adapting to his new environment. He sits alone in his room, refusing to unpack, drawing pictures of the things he left behind. But when he realizes that the trinkets his mother has placed around the house were made by her family long ago in Guatemala, Julio begins to see the bigger legacy of their migration.

 Through animation, beautiful cinematography and original music, we get a glimpse of a mother and her son unpacking their differences and discovering a new home together.

Check out the Miles Away teaser below or on our Community Cinema Vimeo page.

“There is a Place” screening in India!

There is a Place

Our latest Community Cinema short film is going international!

“There is A Place,” a short about a young foster girl’s story of her Mom wanting to come back into her life, is appearing at “Lessons in the Dark” in India as part of the World Kids Foundation’s work. This film was created by our interns and stars local youth and adults.

“Lessons in the Dark” brings world cinema for children right into their classrooms. With screening sessions spread over a period of one year, this edutainment module gives an added dimension to the experience of learning academics as well as lessons of life. Learn more about the program and the World Kids Foundation Here: