Super Bowl 50 Fund

Getting in the Game with the Super Bowl’s 50 Fund

BAYCAT STUDIO’s newest client is a real playmaker! The 50 Fund, the signature philanthropic initiative of Super Bowl 50, has begun, and BAYCAT is documenting it all. Through its Playmaker grants, the 50 Fund is awarding $10,000 to a Bay Area nonprofit each week leading up to Super Bowl 50. Now in our fifth week, NBC recently profiled BAYCAT’s journey to the Super Bowl. Don’t miss these touching stories of people working to make our community stronger — follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see a newly announced Playmaker each week.

The 50 Fund is our latest BAYCAT STUDIO Client. You can learn more about hiring BAYCAT STUDIO for your video, multi-media, marketing, communications, and PR needs by visiting our STUDIO page. Or consider making a deeper impact as a Clonor (Client + Donor). To learn more about being a top 10 Clonor, email us here.

BAYCAT is proud to partner with the 50 Fund to tell these stories, and the process has only just begun. The Fund has a rolling deadline, focusing on three areas: youth development, community investment and sustainable environments. Do you know a potential Playmaker? Find out more about this grant here.

New Zeal To Our Updated STUDIO Reel

We’ve updated our BAYCAT STUDIO reel to include some of our awesome new clients in 2014. Check out the diversity of people with whom we get the pleasure to capture, from our youth, community to notables like Mayor Willie Brown and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi, and Orange is the New Black’s Lea DeLaria.

From social media billboard campaigns, to promotional videos, websites, graphic design and music videos, BAYCAT does it all. Take a peek at our 2015 BAYCAT STUDIO Reel!

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BAYCAT’s on a Roll: Official Selections & Motion Graphics Workshop at the BAYMN Film Fest!

BAYCAT Academy’s Youth Media Producers have gotten yet another two films officially selected for festival showcasing! On the heels of Alia’s success with her moving autobiographical short, The Beach: My Diary, both Ginger Chen’s The Perfect Mayor and Amaya Thomas and Demaire Hughes’ History of the Dogpatch have been chosen amongst films from across the globe to be featured at this year’s Bay Area Youth Media Network (BAYMN) Film Festival.

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BAYCAT Academy’s Fall 2013 Youth Media Producers imagine the perfect San Francisco mayor.

The Perfect Mayor, a collaborative piece created by writer-director Ginger Chen, cinematographer AJ Martin, art directors Stella Gutierrez and Miguel Rivera, and editor/star Maceo “Moony” Mayorga, is a fun exploration of who the perfect San Francisco mayor would be, if he or she could embody every ideal of his constituents. He speaks Spanish, Russian, Tagalog, and Samoan! He represents districts from the Haight to the Sunset! He’s gender-fluid and he supports nonprofit organizations! He maybe twerks!

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BAYCAT Academy’s Fall 2013 Youth Media Producers invent an alternative history for the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, CA.



Miguel Rivera also narrates BAYCAT’s second officially selected film, the Amaya Thomas and Demaire Hughes animated short, History of the Dogpatch. The young storytellers imagine an alternative history of the Bay Area’s Dogpatch neighborhood, when butchers ran meat banks and lawbreaking pups kept eating their currency.

The BAYMN Festival will be screening these shorts on Saturday, October 18th at 2:30pm at the San Francisco Public Library.

In addition, every year the BAYMN Film Fest offers workshops to empower youth communities to create media that inspires social change. This year, BAYCAT’s resident filmmaking teacher, Zara Ahmed, will be giving a free motion graphics workshop this Saturday, October 18, from 12 to 2pm at the SF Public Library.  


Want to check out more of our festival-selected films? Head over to our BAYCAT YouTube page!


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A Giant Exclusive this #OrangeOctober: BAYCAT Intern Grads Turned SFG Productions Interns! A Win-Win Combo!

We’re pumped about Orange October. You too? We thought so!

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BAYCAT grad Iman Rodney gets interviewed at AT&T Park. To learn more about Iman, check out hist story

As the Giants advance on to play for yet another National League Championship Series, we at BAYCAT want to celebrate a few of our Pathways Intern graduates who are advancing their careers in the media industry – with San Francisco Giants Productions! Introducing: Pathways Grads-to-Productions Interns Latiece Brown, Tyre Brown, and Iman Rodney…

Before getting their start with the Giants, Latiece, Tyre, and Iman honed their craft first at BAYCAT Academy and then as 2013 BAYCAT Pathways Interns. While here, the Pathways Intern grads prepared to make their mark on the media production industry, developing their artistic expertise in scriptwriting, cinematography, editing, and more. They created award-winning documentaries, helped share stories of positive community change, produced promotional videos for local small businesses, and even worked on productions for HBO and the Food Network. Now equipped with the fundamental tools they need to begin their professional careers in the media field, these talented BAYCAT grads have moved onto to the AT&T Field, and are continuing to contribute their unique skills and creative ingenuities towards telling stories that inspire, entertain, and unite. As Blake Wilberding, Video Editor/Producer at SF Giants Productions, shares:

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BAYCAT grads Latiece and Tyre capture fan excitement outside AT&T Park just before Game 3 of the NLDS!

“It’s been a great partnership between BAYCAT and the Giants. With wonderful, dedicated and hard-working interns to be involved with SFG productions, it only makes our department stronger.”

If you are a want-to-be intern, or wish to learn more about our internship program, please visit our BAYCAT Academy page.

So as the SF Giants keep winning, so do our Intern Graduates at SFG Productions!  If you are working for a company that needs media or a fresh new marketing campaign, or perhaps you want to employ a media production intern of your own, contact us at  It’s a Win-Win formula!

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BAYCAT Stories: Stella

From Watching Media to Making Media

As part of our short film series celebrating the stories of our young media makers, BAYCAT would like to introduce Stella Gutierrez, a San Francisco teen, aspiring filmmaker and Youth Media Producer in our program. This piece was created as part of our 2014 TechSF Internship program.

Stella finds in BAYCAT a home, a family and a place where she can grow beyond just watching TV shows and can begin making movies of her own. “I see filmmaking as a door into other people’s lives and their perspective of things,” she expresses. Stella sharpened her curiosity and creativity during the summer of 2013 when she produced the short documentary Tech Free For a Weekend. The film explores the difficulties and challenges of local San Francisco writer and community artist Carrie Leilam Love’s attempt to live tech-free (no digital screens) for 48 hours. Stella’s documentary won her an Official Selection by the 2013 International Black Women’s Film Festival, as well as official selections at the 2014 CineYouth Film Festival and the 2014 Project YouthView Film Festival.

In the future, Stella aspires to make a film about her OCD and share her story with others who also struggle with the condition, and “show them that you’re not alone. There’s always hope.”

To learn more about BAYCAT and how you can get involved in helping us educate, empower, and employ youth and young adults from underserved communities to produce meaningful and impactful digital media, please visit our homepage at And if Stella’s story has inspired you, please help us share her story with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and beyond!

Zoom In 28: My Neighborhood

The latest episode of our long-running student TV show Zoom In is complete and online! Watch the full episode below.

Zoom In #26: A Day in the Life

The latest episode of our long-running student TV show Zoom In is complete and online! Watch the full episode below.

Interns Create Promo Video for TechSF

TECHSF promotional video created by BAYCAT Pathways Intern Jessica Liu.

BTOP Vlog: Spring Program Update

The BAYCAT instructors talk about the progress of the students work in the spring youth program. Created for San Francisco’s Broadband Technology Opportunity Program.

“Inner Demons” Short

The BAYCAT team recently had a lot of fun creating this short film. Enjoy!