• The story behind BAYCAT

    Villy Wang is in the business of rewriting stereotypes, empowering youth of color to take back their narratives through storytelling. In this moving TED Talk, our founder and CEO explains how she developed a program to train kids in filmmaking so they can create new, authentic stories and break the cycle of bias perpetuated in media.

Our People. Their Stories.


Liz 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.


Brennan wanted to become a filmmaker. At BAYCAT, he not only learned that, he also learned how to be an entrepreneur and opened his own production company, Four Times Films.  He was hired by Strike Anywhere Films & Barry Jenkins to help produce Facebook’s 10 Year Birthday Video.


Iman Rodney grew up and still lives in Bayview Hunters Point. At BAYCAT, he found his passion for filmmaking when he was 13.  Overcoming the odds of young boys like him, 7+ years later, as a young adult and graduate of BAYCAT’s Pathways Internship Program, he has landed his dream job.


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.”


Stella used to spend a lot of time watching shows on TV. Now she spends her time making them. She wants to share her story to help other teenagers.


Miguel finds a second home at BAYCAT. It’s place that helps him stay out of trouble and to learn how to make cool media.