Annual Report 2011: Next Gen

In 2011, Next Gen programs launched an innovative partnership with the Mozilla Foundation to incubate “Web Native Films” and crafted curriculum to be shared to other national youth centers. In addition, Next Gen prepared to launch a new Bridges program in partnership with City College of San Francisco.

Using our core audio curriculum and our extensive experience working in schools and with Community Based Organizations (CBO), Next Gen staff launched a week-long professional development training for classroom teachers and direct service staff from area community-based organizations. Using our 2010 audio engineering pilot as a foundation, we developed an equivalent teacher-training program in video production that launched summer 2011. Through teacher training, educators and youth services providers who want to offer music and video instruction to their students gain access to BAVC’s 18-week curriculum: Audio and Video. To date, the curriculum has reached upwards of 500 youth in the bay area.

Teacher Training/BUMP Beats Curriculum:
http://www.bavc.org/bump-beats-curriculum
http://www.bavc.org/digital-pathways-video-curriculum

Teacher Training Video
http://vimeo.com/28613702

Teacher Training Blog:
http://bumptraining.blogspot.com/

In 2011, BAVC also partnered with ITVS, KQED and San Francisco Film Society on a Media Innovators event where 100 teachers attended to review resources provided by the above organizations.

The Factory - Advanced Teen Filmmaking

Now in its ninth year, the Factory is BAVC’s advanced after-school digital filmmaking production program, engaging youth ages 15-19 to produce high quality films bound for national exhibition. Over the past year the Factory has cultivated 20 award-winning teen filmmakers, who have produced and directed 30 narrative, documentary, and experimental shorts that have screened at film festivals across the country, including the San Francisco International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, South African Youth International Film Festival, and the Media That Matters Film Festival. Participants in The Factory travel nationally to film festivals and youth media conferences; Factory youth have been invited to attend the Sundance Film Festival, the Youth Media Alliance in Detroit, and the Seattle Superfly youth filmmaking camp. In 2011 Factory youth went to Chicago, IL to attend the CineYouth Film Festival, winning Best Documentary for “Independence in Sight.” Factory graduates have gone on to attend CalArts, Chapman, Mills, Wesleyan, Columbia University, and New York University, among many others, continuing their development and education as artists, filmmakers, and producers.

In total, more than 5,000 viewers witnessed Factory work in a theatrical environment, while Factory films were viewed another 5,000 times online and more than 500 DVDs of Factory work were disseminated to the public. See a complete list of all the 2011 screenings.

In the Summer of 2011, youth in Next Gen’s filmmaking program The Factory worked directly in collaboration with socially-conscious Bay Area organizations that would benefit from some form of media documentation. The Factory’s Community Filmmaking Partnerships (CFP) prepared our youth for the “real world” by pairing them with clients, facilitating collaboration between youth from different organizations. Students received stipends for their role as professionals. This emphasized the production of films with a social utility while rooting work in the community; and, leveraged BAVC skills and resources to amplify voices of people doing good work in our community.

Four teams of youth filmmakers worked with Creative Growth, City Slicker Farms, Huey P. Newton Foundation, and Inspire USA (see our student experiences), producing 4 traditional mini-documentary films, as well as web native versions. A web native movie is a film or video that can only be fully experienced on the Internet. Web native filmmaking takes advantage of the Internet’s potential for engagement and connectivity and presents the opportunity to shape interactive storytelling experiences. See more at mozillapopcorn.org/bavc.

Factory students also traveled with their media. In 2011 two young filmmakers attended the CineYouth Festival in Chicago, where they were awarded “Best Documentary” for the film Independence in Sight. Two Factory students and the Factory Manager were invited to participate and speak as the keynote at MozFest London; and, present a follow up at the MacArthur Digital Media & Learning Conference in 2012.

BUMP Records - Advanced Music Performance and Production

In 2011, BUMP implemented a more structured format for programming, developing curricula for the training provided to the two categories of BUMP artists -- vocalist/performers and producer/engineers. In addition to the time designated for the individual artists to develop their projects, greater focus was placed on tech/audio engineering workshops and career panels.

2011 BUMP released 11 albums, uploaded on www.bumprecords.bandcamp.com and launched a TUMBLR page www.bumprecords.tumblr.com.

Over the summer, BUMP launched a record breaking 4 consecutive release parties at Oakland’s Eastside Arts Alliance, celebrating two-four artist EPs at each event. By the end of the summer the new compilation album, History in These Streets was released. In addition, BUMP artists were invited to SF Commons for an interview series and performed on live television.

The year also included two major events: BUMP spring break and Winter Career Panel. BUMP spring break included field trips to the Museum of African Diaspora, the Japanese Tea Garden, photo shoots for album covers, and a bowling session. The winter career panel included DJ Sake1, Los Rakas, Netta B, Tim House, and Trackademicks.

Digital Pathways

In 2011, BAVC received close to 100 applicants for our fall DP programs and accepted forty.

BAVC continued to offer its popular Digital Pathways Audio class but for girls only, a response to the gender imbalance in the industry. Co-taught by alumni, students learned music composition, audio engineering and audio post-production skills in a strong, collaborative team. BAVC also continued to offer a co-ed Audio Engineering class, an Open Source track (see student examples), and a 3D Gaming & Animation class (see student examples here: Obatola Seward-Evans, Jessica Thang, Chanel Peng).

You can view 2011 course blogs here:

Audio A (girl's track)
Audio B
Open Source
3D Gaming
3D video classes

In April 2011, students took a field trip to Electronic Arts in Redwood City and toured the facility and spoke with EA’s Art Director.

Digital Pathways programming culminated in a rigorous summer internship program, where BAVC placed 25 youth in professional industry internships at sites including NASA, Mozilla, Common Sense Media and ANKH Marketing. Interns were individually placed at sites based on personal interests and skill sets.

A look into 2012

The core Next Gen programming includes four basic tracks in Audio Engineering, Video Production (an all-female cohort), Open Source Coding and 3D Gaming & Animation – a program for CCSF students and alums coined Bridges, two advanced tracks The Factory and BUMP Records, a one week-long summer Teacher Training in audio and video, and this year, and five summer digital media camps in audio, video and motion graphics.