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Making LGBT Representation In Media a Reality

This past Sunday we had the pleasure to be part of “Spotlight on Diversity,” a panel discussion in LA to discuss the impact and importance of LGBT media representation. BAYCAT was invited as beneficiary of the Box Scene Project’s Mirror Scholarship & Fellowship, but also to celebrate our 10th birthday, and a decade of educating and empowering youth people in the digital media arts. We thank the Box Scene Project for throwing us a fun and thought-provoking “Party with Purpose”!

We are humbled and honored to be part of such an important movement and to be surrounded by so many great people, sharing their own experiences. We had the chance to interview some of them, from Lea DeLaria (Big Boo in Orange is the New Black), Amy Fox (The Switch), and Julie Vu (The Switch), to Sean Maher (Firefly), Dylan Marron (Welcome to Night Vale), Jasika Nicole (Fringe, Welcome to Night Vale), and Crissle West (The Read). We extend a gigantic thank you to Amelia from The Huffington Post for delivering such a moving keynote address. Look out for our highlight video, premiering soon on our website!

Also, we are supporting The Box Scene Project’s Mirror Scholarship & Fellowship: a campaign working to facilitate the entrance of diverse and underrepresented youth and independent content creators into the media and performing arts. We need to raise $35,000 in 35 days. Check out the Indiegogo campaign we just launched and help us spread the word.


10 Years Bold

BAYCAT is turning 10 years old, and for a decade our young media makers from low income communities have been at the cutting edge of producing untold, poignantly powerful stories from diverse and vibrant perspectives.  From Carlean, a 14-year old who came out as she made the award-winning short film, Finding Your Voice, to Isaac, who shares his experience living with Aspergers in his festival-featured autobiographical piece, “Talking About It.”

Creating the pathway from education to employment in digital media: one story at the time.

On our new website, we feature stories of some of our young people sharing their experience in learning and working at BAYCAT. It’s a way to tell you how we create a pathway, from education to employment in digital media.

Every week for the next few weeks, we will unveil new videos. Today, we want to share Miguel’s story and how he finds a second home at BAYCAT. A place that helps him stay out of trouble and to learn how to make cool media.

You can also check out, Lamar’s story, another youth media producer, who’s been attending the BAYCAT ACADEMY for 4 years. Lamar likes to draw. At school, and while waiting for the bus. He needed to find a place that would help him to express his creativity. “You will figure out your future, if you come to BAYCAT.”

Finally, you can also learn about Liz’s story. How she left Nicaragua to follow her dream to work in the filmmaking industry. Her dream has come true at BAYCAT. She is employed full time as a Production Coordinator in San Francisco.

As you watch their stories, are you reminded of a creative young person who could benefit from our free media education programs at BAYCAT?  or does it remind you of your own story and the importance of having an innovative environment and a mentor in your life to show you the way? Tell us what how these stories move you.  Share them with your friends.

BAYCAT with The San Francisco Foundation Artistic Hub Organizations

It’s a real honor to be part of a cohort of some of the most respected artistic hubs of the Bay Area! We had a great discussion with Maria Rosario Jackson about the trends she has seen and written about arts, culture and social justice at the national level. Though these topics naturally go together in our everyday worlds as an arts nonprofit in the Bay, it seems there is a trend at a national level to infuse placemaking, new urbanism, various medical research and even transportation as part of this sector’s work.

It was clear from our dialogue that most organizations do so much more than what their descriptions or missions reflect, and that each Executive Director’s impact goes far beyond their typical job descriptions. So what does this all mean?

It truly does take people with great resiliency to stay on the roller coaster ride of running a nonprofit, and funders like The San Francisco Foundation create the safety bars and connectors between our carts. They gave us something we never get to do: time and space to rise above the details and with hands raised together as a cohort, to look toward the future.

#Selfie includes:  Steven Jones from Lorraine Hansberry Theatre;  Madeleine Lim from QWOCMAP; Cristy Johnston-Limon from Destiny Arts; Tere Romo from The San Francisco Foundation; Tomiko Wong from Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Our cohort also includes: Ani Rivera from Galeria de la Raza; Elena Serrano from EastSide Arts Alliance; Eugene Rodriguez from Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy; James Kass from Youth Speaks, Janette Gitler from Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet ; Jordan Simmons from East Bay Center for Performing Arts; Kristen Sbrogna from La Pena;  Latanya Tigner from Dimensions Dance Theater, Linda Harrison from MOAD, Mabel Teng from Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco.


Keep Filmmaking in San Francisco

It was great to see 500+ people in attendance at the #FilmItNorcal Rally on June 14th at the Fairmount Hotel. With a full host of actors, producers, directors, elected officials, celebrities, media from all parts of California, it was clear that the filmmaking community of San Francisco (and California) wants to support the improved tax rebate program to keep our jobs HERE. BAYCAT is proud to create the pathway from education to employment especially through our TechSF Internship Pathways Program so our young people from make their dreams to work for HBO, Showtime and Netflix a reality.  Even more so, it’s about creating new films by them for the world that we hope to continue to nurture.  They are the present (I’m too old to wait for the future) of filmmaking here in San Francisco!

Celebrating our first 10 years!

BAYCAT is turning 10 Years Bold this year and we want YOU to come and celebrate with us! JOIN US for an extra special 10 Years Bold World Premiere of BAYCAT’s 30th Episode of our award-winning youth produced TV show, Zoom In!

Where:  BAYCAT HQ 

2415 3rd Street, Suite 230, San Francisco 94107

When: Thursday,  August 7th 2014, 6pm-8pm 

*Screening begins promptly at 6:30pm

For more information check out our Facebook event!

If you can’t make it in person, you don’t need to miss the event! We’re going to be live-streaming here starting at 6:30pm!



Development & Communications Coordinator

BAYCAT is seeking an energetic and resourceful individual with exceptional project management skills to manage the portfolio of grants, proposals and reports as part of BAYCAT’s day-to-day fundraising activities to support an aggressive growth strategy for this exciting nonprofit social enterprise. We are in search of an extremely organized, detail minded, customer service oriented, strong communicator and values-driven team player who loves to raise and make money, and who has a strong commitment to our mission, and the desire to grow professionally in the social enterprise fields.  Join our dream team that values creativity, professionalism, and an inclusive environment.

Learn more and apply here.

BAYCAT 2014 TechSF Pathways Internship Showcase

JOIN US as we celebrate the graduation of our 2014 TechSF Pathways Interns!

Over the last 6 months, BAYCAT’s aspiring media producers were provided mentorship from media professionals, technical training, and an opportunity to work with BAYCAT Studio to gain hands-on experience in the digital media industry.  Our graduates are excited to share their stories, video reels and work they created while employed at BAYCAT Studio.

Among the many employers, our interns are working for Dodo Case, HBO, Netflix, The Food Network, and The SF Giants Productions.

*The showcase will be from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Friday, July 25th.  Presentation begins promptly at 6:30pm.*

Please share this invite with your colleagues, friends and potential employers looking for new potential media interns.

Light appetizers will be provided. All are welcome!

Questions? Please contact Savana Vagueiro at (415) 701-8228 x210

Party with A Purpose in LA!

BAYCAT opened in October of 2004. As we turn 10 Years Bold in 2014, we are reaching out to our community to celebrate with us!

BAYCAT is launching a worldwide campaign to ask supporters to Throw Us a Party with a Purpose to celebrate our last 10 years of successes and to create 1,000 digital media pros in the next 10 years.

One exemplary Party with a Purpose is being hosted by our partners and friends at The Box Scene Project, a nonprofit that works to reach equal media representation for the LGBT community, women, people of color, people with disabilities, and those that live at the intersection of those identities.

Their event, Spotlight on Diversity: A Conversation & Celebration of LGBT Media Representation, is a fundraiser celebrating BAYCAT’s 10 Years Bold Anniversary and launching The Box Scene Project’s Mirror Scholarship – a monetary award to facilitate the entrance of diverse and underrepresented individuals into the media and arts.


This star-studded event will feature an hour-long panel & Q&A with some of the most talented LGBT actors, creators, and activists. Also, kick-ass mom and LGBT activist, Amelia, from Huffpost Gay Voices is this year’s recipient of The Box Scene Project’s Citizen Spotlight Award! The panel & award ceremony will be followed by musical performances from talented LGBT artists. Get your tickets now, because this is a celebration you won’t want to miss!

Proceeds from the event will support both BAYCAT and The Box Scene Project as well as their important Mirror Scholarship that connects with BAYCAT’s mission, which supports diverse young media producers to go to college.

For more information about this event, go to

Have another Party with a Purpose Idea?  Contact us or leave a comment.

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

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.