Factory Year 9 Screening

Posted on: Wednesday, August 29 2012

By Ewen Wright, Factory Assistant

Last Wednesday, August 22nd, students, families, non-profit partners, and industry professionals filed into The San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium for The Factory 2011-2012 Year End Screening.

The occasion marked the end of the 9th year of The Factory program, and included 22 short films, music videos, and Community Filmmaking Partnership pieces.  This year’s collaborations included work with KQED and The American Graduates Program, City College of San Francisco and MPICT, The de Young Museum, as well as short documentaries created about Oakland Art Murmur and Black Girls Code.
Beyond that, there were 12 additional films completely designed and carried out by Factory students from concept through to final edit.
This year’s showcase was also facilitated entirely by The Factory students.  They introduced the program and all participated in a post-screening Q and A, hosted by Factory Alum Sydney Matterson.
This was our first year holding the screening in San Francisco.  Earlier this summer the Factory relocated from our offices in Oakland to a remodeled space at the San Francisco BAVC facilities …and look at that – you can watch a video made by Factory students about our new Annex space here:

The Year End Screening is always a bittersweet experience for those of us on staff.  We were extremely proud of the work being shown on the big screen, and listening to the students discuss the films and their future plans is the ultimate reward.  However, we also have to say goodbye to all of the seniors and the alums who returned.  While students return to Chapman University, Prescott College, Wesleyan, and New York University, this year’s graduates will head off to the University of Southern California, UC Santa Cruz, Brooks Institute, and THREE MORE students are headed to New York University.

If you missed the screening, we’re all out of the snacks, but you can still catch all of the work that screened in the "latest videos" section of The Factory's tumblr.