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Gratitude Through BAYCAT Selfies Part 2

Did Part 1 of our BAYCAT selfies bring gratitude, peace and joy to your heart? We hope so. It’s taken a village of supporters to create daily doses of hopeful news here at BAYCAT, and here are just a few more of the many faces who inspired gratitude with us this year:

A Village of Volunteers

I’m grateful for our village, and how it grows from one BAYCAT family member to the next. Take TED Speaker and opportunity maker, Kare Anderson, whom I met at TED@IBM. She introduced me to Sandra Zoratti who invited BAYCAT to present at the CMO Club. That’s where I met Richard Kylberg, CMO for Arrow Electronics who brought Hugo Meyer, Global Brand Management Director to BAYCAT to visit earlier this year. Inspired by Arrow’s innovation with FiveYearsOut, BAYCAT youth created their own award-winning short animations and films on what innovation means to them.

Selfies Here: Kare Anderson (top left), Sandra Zoratti (lower right), Richard Kylberg & Hugo Meyer with Senait Hailemariam at BAYCAT (lower left)

This year we added Pixar, AirBnB, Yelp, Microsoft, Fusion, The Relish, ad agency Eleven, to our employer list. Former BAYCAT graduates are working at SF Giants Production, Lucasfilm, Wired Magazine, the Golden State Warriors, HBO, Netflix, and others. We deeply appreciate our village of volunteers and champions who are dedicated to giving back and bringing diversity and inclusion to the creative industries.

Volunteers, Mentors & Supporters Selfies Here: MKTG (top left), Weber Shandwick (top middle), PIXAR animator, Becki Tower w/ Board Chair, Eric Pearson (top right), Portal A (center left), Bay Area Artists for Group Chat at BAYCAT (center), PIXAR senior scientist, Dominic Glynn w/ BAYCAT animators (center right), LEND UP (lower left), Conscious Capitalism Forum at Exygy w/ Carolyn Tate, Mylea Charvat, Zach Berke, Vince Siciliano & Steve Havill (bottom middle), GitHub Fundraiser for BAYCAT w/ Marc Lohoury & BAYCAT Board members, Oliver de Albuquerque & Craig Peters (bottom right).

(S)Heroes – Living Legends and Top Business Women

From meeting one of the Most Influential People in the World like Valerie Jarrett to being named by the SF Business Times as one of 129  Most Influential Women in Business  alongside former BAYCAT Board Member, Melissa Tidwell, I’m honored and grateful to have inspiring Sheroes as part of BAYCAT’s village of supporters. Thanks to long-time advisor of BAYCAT, Peter Bratt we got to meet Dolores Huerta and watch the premiere of Dolores The MovieAnother highlight was watching Sally Osaki interviewed by an all-women BAYCAT youth crew for their film, Witness: Immigration Now and Then. These women have changed history by sharing their stories.

Selfies Here: Valerie Jarrett w/ BAYCAT Board Member, Marianne Wilman at BAWS (top left), Sally Osaki with her son, Jon Osaki and BAYCAT Crew (top right), Dolores Huerta w/ BAYCAT Senior Producer, Jose Alfaro (lower left), Melissa Tidwell (lower right)

Inspiring BAYCAT Board and Team – The BEST Behind The Scenes

When I started BAYCAT, I wanted to wake up every day and LOVE the creative and dedicated people I work with. Today, that’s a dream come true for me. I’m grateful for our Board and team members who give 1,000% to build BAYCAT from the inside out to further our mission to bring racial and gender equity and social justice. One story at a time.

Selfies Here: BAYCAT Board, Shana Stanton, Oliver de Albuquerque, Eric Pearson, Craig Peters, Marianne Wilman w/ Advisor Brett Egan & BAYCAT’s Katie Cruz (top left), Jason Robinson, BAYCAT’s newest Board Member (top right), BAYCAT Studio crew with our new Development Director, Jessica Pullano and Marge & Kate Hamilton, from DRA, our new client (middle left), BAYCAT team is 80% women-led team (lower left), BAYCAT team for Halloween w/ our new Grants and Development Coordinator, Nicole Bellott, and new mentors/producers, Nina Reyes Rosenberg and Tomás Reyes (lower right)

Happy Thanksgiving from the BAYCAT family!

Love,

Villy

PS. As you take your Thanksgiving selfies, don’t forget us: donate.baycat.org

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The Beach: My Diary – Officially Selected For Two Film Festivals!

BAYCAT is proud to announce that Youth Media Producer Alia Gabrielle has garnered two official film festival selections for her short autobiographical documentary, The Beach: My Diary. Alia’s film will be screening at the I Hella Love Shorts Film Festival later this month, an Oakland-based festival celebrating its second year exhibiting the work of talented San Francisco Bay Area filmmakers.

 

The Beach: My Diary will also be featured exclusively for the online film festival channel of the International Black Women’s Film Festival, MOVING IMAGES FORWARD. Alia’s documentary was selected to be celebrated along with works from the U.K., Australia, Senegal, South Africa, Zanzibar, France, Canada, Malawi, Kenya, and more. Alongside these films, The Beach: My Diary helps to continue the festival’s tradition of pushing beyond the Hollywood-construed stereotypes of black women populating popular media, and instead showcasing the the stories of black women as self-represented through their own voices.

BAYCAT Academy youth filmmaker, Alia Gabrielle

The film centers on Alia’s relationship with the beach- why it’s special to her, how it gives her peace, and how it helps connect her with her mother. BAYCAT recently conducted a short interview with Alia; during the interview Alia shared that her mother was also a filmmaker, and spoke about one film in particular she helped her mother make: “it was actually about the beach…and it was a story about a little girl finding her way in life.” Earlier this spring, Alia found her way to BAYCAT Academy. While taking classes as a Youth Media Producer, Alia found the inspiration and opportunity to tell her own story. “I kinda had all that bundled up inside and BAYCAT let me express it finally.” Her reaction to her film’s success: “I was shocked: I was like, wow my film was that good that it got into those film festivals.”

 

Alia shared that while she plans to continue making films in the future, she also hopes to pursue her passion for helping kids in the foster care system. Alia says that before becoming adopted by her mother, “when I was younger and I was in the foster system, I wanted someone to support it more…the thing I wanna do is kinda be like a big sister…And help them out and make sure that they’re not alone. Make sure they don’t feel alone.”

 

You can catch Alia’s film on September 28th at the I Hella Love Shorts Film Festival and online from midnight December 4th to 11:59PM/PST December 14, 2014 at the International Black Women’s Film Festival’s MOVING IMAGES FORWARD.

 

Build-A-Baby Workshop

Animation student Gwydion brings us the first completed short film of Spring 2012! Look for it in the upcoming “Zoom In #23: What is Family”

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