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!


FREE Young Adult Workshops at BAYCAT!

BAYCAT Workshops

If you are between the ages of 18-25, sign-up for our FREE Young Adult Digital Media Workshops in:

• Digital Photography
• Introduction to Photoshop
• Filmmaking with DSLR Cameras
• Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro

For more information, email us at

Monster Parade at DFES

A group of fourth grade students at Dianne Feinstein Elementary School just enjoyed a short stop-motion animation workshop with a little help from BAYCAT.

“Urbanian” Promo

Last Friday, students from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Young Artists workshop created this short promo for their upcoming performance “Urbanian.” Great work by first-time animators!

MYEEP Stop Motion Exercise 2/17/12

Students from MYEEP’s annual career day event visited BAYCAT on February 17, 2012. In between learning about career options in the media arts they created this fun stop-motion short!

BAYCAT to Sponsor Cinemagic USA

BAYCAT is proud to be part of the 2011 Cinemagic USA International Film and Television Festival. Cinemagic is an international award winning charity that embraces the magic of film, television and digital technologies to educate motivate and inspire young people through the medium of workshops, film screenings and industry led masterclasses.

Join us on Friday, February 18 at the Berkeley Digital Film Institute for a series of filmmaking workshops with our young media producers and interns. Download the program for details!

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Social Sculpture exhibit goes live!

Students from this summer’s Media Camp created a Social Sculpture installation in the BAYCAT studio. Each object in the sculpture was connected to a memory or event from students’ lives. The final work is a tapestry constellation of collected memories that lives both here in our studio space and in the online exhibit, below.

Social Sculpture Tapestry

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Young Adult Animation Workshop, Day 2

 Talk the talk!

Young Adult Animation Workshop, Day 1

This short animation exercise was created during the first session of a 2-day Young Adult workshop. Students used the free animation software Pencil to morph their drawing into that of another student one frame at a time, then added sound effects and titles using iMovie.