BAVC In the News

• Employee, contractor — or something else entirely? from SF Chronicle (July 22, 2015)
"The current model rewards companies more than the contractors they employ, said Mindy Aronoff, director of training at the Bay Area Video Coalition, which offers classes in coding and multimedia skills. “We want to make sure the freelance voice is heard when policies are created,” she said." 

• Coalition explores how to train workers for 21st century jobs from SF Chronicle (July 20, 2015)
"[Bay Area Video Coalition] has joined with two local workforce investment boards plus CBS Interactive to explore these issues with similar public-private alliances from other areas of the country. As part of the Communities that Work Partnership, backed by the U.S. Commerce Dept. and the Aspen Institute, the new regional group aims to accelerate training workers for 21st century jobs."

Zendesk teams up with nonprofit to launch job training program from SF Chronicle (March 4, 2015)
"San Francisco tech company Zendesk teamed up with the nonprofit Bay Area Video Coalition to start a job training program. The program is a series of two-day, hands-on courses designed to teach job seekers how to use Zendesk’s cloud customer support software as well as learn customer service best practices and connect to job opportunities. The program is funded by TechSF, an initiative begun in 2012 by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to train residents for high-tech jobs. Lee and Zendesk executives were on hand Friday for an open house and certificate reception honoring students."

Your Call: What conversations are youth having about Black Lives Matter? from KALW's Your Call (February 11, 2015)
"What do youth think about police in their communities? On the February 11th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our series on police, community, race, and justice with a discussion on how young people perceive police.Guests:Danielle Dooley, an emcee, dancer, and participant in the Bay Area Video Coalition's (BAVC) audio training program, Jen Huynh, senior at George Washington High School and participant in BAVC's G:URL Gamers, and Bernard Capistrano, student at the Art Institute of CA and participant in BAVC’s audio training program"

Record Keepers: The Bay Area Video Coalition Keeps the Static at Bay from SF Weekly (January 7, 2015)
"I'm not alone. "No one does the breadth of what we do," says Executive Director Carol Varney, noting that BAVC's reach is global. Hu Dahl adds that BAVC has digitized California choreographer June Watanabe's archive of videotapes, as well as work held by SFMOMA, the Pacific Film Archive, and the Tate Modern. And oh yeah, they worked closely with the Getty Museum's video preservationist, who exchanged ideas with BAVC's team, went back to L.A., and replicated BAVC's own suite there."

The Bold Italic discusses Point of Pride: The People's View of Bayview Hunter's Point from The Bold Italic (July 11, 2014)
"If you’ve ever wanted an insider’s perspective of Bayview/Hunters Point, take a look at this new documentary Point of Pride from the Bay Area Video Coalition. The film combines present day interviews with historical footage from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, offering a unique portrait of San Francisco neighborhoods that are often overlooked."

KQED profile of Next Gen's involvement in the American Graduates initiative from KQED blog (January 7, 2013)
"As part of KQED’s American Graduate initiative, the station partnered with BAVC’s Bump Records (the advanced recording program) and The Factory (the advanced video program) to produce an album entitled An American Graduateand a series of short films which examine the current dropout crisis in Oakland."

• Producers Institute named one of 'Five Reasons I Have NEW Hope for Film' from Truly Free Film (October 24, 2012)
"I came to San Francisco because I wanted to see what would happen when you took committed individuals, ambitious artists, introduced them to cutting edge technologists and engagement specialists, and supported them with top institution, personnel, and resources.  I thought it needed to be built, but then I got to witness what BAVC has been doing well and the community they have built, and I felt great that others were leagues ahead of those goals of mine."

 BAVC's Digital Pathways Program awarded $50,000 from Hearst Foundations from SF Chronicle (October 20, 2012)

"Twenty California nonprofits ranging from music and art organizations to programs helping youths have received $1.7 million in grants from the Hearst Foundations. Seven San Francisco organizations made the list, including […] the Bay Area Video Coalition, which received $50,000 for the Digital Pathways Program."

 Dissecting Transmedia: Bay Area Video Coalition from Bay Area Pictures (October 14, 2012)

"Billed as a day to introduce documentary filmmakers to “emerging tools and platforms that are changing the face of filmmaking and empowering social change movements around the world,” the lineup didn’t disappoint."

 SF fighting school bullies with video contest from ABC News (October 3, 2012)
"Middle and high school students from San Francisco are asked to come up with some creative ways to convey their anti-bullying message. Those who don't own a camera will be trained by the Bay Area Video Coalition."

 Bay Area Local Arts Tie-Ins from (August 12, 2012)
"Between the Bay Area Video Coalition, the San Francisco Film Society's growing Cinema By The Bay program, The Marsh's Youth Rising program, and the incubator program for playwrights at Playground, plenty of works inspired by life in the Bay area have emerged that deepen and strengthen the region's cultural tapestry."

 Teens write new chapter for S.F. library center from (July 11, 2012)

"Another board member, 17-year-old Burton High School senior Buffy Almendares, wants to bring technology to undeveloped countries when she grows up. For now, she'll have to settle for working on a teen area that doesn't offer the software she needs to work on her editing and video production skills, which she honed during an internship for Bay Area Video Coalition, one of the library's nonprofit partners in its new digital youth network." 2011 MediaMaker Fellow Chihiro Wimbush's film Redemption receives $44K grant from Cal Humanities' California Documentary Project program from (May 14, 2012)

"Cal Humanities announced the awardees of its current round of funding for its California Documentary Project program, which encourages film and radio documentarians to explore issues and stories of critical importance to California […] Redemption is an 80-minute film that explores the complex dynamics of race, class, and systemic poverty as it tells the story of four recyclers who struggle to survive in a neighborhood already decimated by unemployment, addiction, and violence."

Digital Pathways named 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Finalist from (May 7, 2012)
"The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and its cultural partners- the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are proud to recognize 50 exceptional programs across the country for their work in presenting rich arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people."

Diverse array of NEA grants includes Mozilla, BAVC, multiplatform 'Complete Ulysses' from (April 30, 2012)
"[This month's NEA Grantees include] several high-profile first-time recipients with strong digital components. [...] The Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco also received $100,000, to support the Factory Hybrid Filmmaking Project, a pilot for young filmmakers producing digital and web-native short films."

Factory filmmaker featured in Youth Film Festival from (April 26, 2012)

"At the other end of the age range, filmmaker Raymundo Archila of San Mateo is a high school senior who attends a film program called the Factory twice a week in Oakland and will attend film school at the University of Southern California in the fall. His film, 'The Portrait,' is about a teenager who deals with abuse from his alcoholic father."

MediaMaker John Jota Leaños is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in Film and Video from (April 12, 2012)
"John Jota Leaños is a media artist and social-art practitioner focusing on critical convergences of history, memory, social space, and decolonization. Leaños’ animation, installation, public art, and performance fuse traditional art practices and aesthetics with new technologies and contemporary interpretations."

Mozilla Announces Living Docs Project to Encourage Collaborative, Interactive Web Films from (Mar. 13, 2012)
"The city has been given $5 million by the U.S. Department of Labor for a workforce-training program aimed specifically at the IT sector. [...] Responding to concerns among employers about the increasing demand for high-tech workers, the city recently started working with private companies and nonprofit organizations on designing job-training programs, including those aimed at minority and underserved communities."

• BAVC included in a $5 million Dept. of Labor grant to City of San Francisco to fund tech training from (Mar. 8, 2012)
"The city has been given $5 million by the U.S. Department of Labor for a workforce-training program aimed specifically at the IT sector. [...] Responding to concerns among employers about the increasing demand for high-tech workers, the city recently started working with private companies and nonprofit organizations on designing job-training programs, including those aimed at minority and underserved communities."

BAVC at Digital Media Learning Conference from Community Media in Transition (Mar. 3, 2012)
"I am particularly interested in BAVC’s role in this partnership, as someone who has worked in community media. Public libraries and other community-based organizations thinking about implementing digital media and learning can learn a great deal from the traditional and emerging media practices that have evolved within public, educational, and governmental access TV centers over the past thirty years."

BUMP Records on Mark Bradford from San Francisco Bay Guardian (Feb. 15, 2012)
"Jam the playlist on the website for the Bay Area Video Coalition's BUMP Records youth-run label and you'll get a sampling of catchy R&B and hip-hop songs, polished sound from young people who produce and perform their own work, learning about the importance of having a voice in society along the way. But they're not just radio-ready, these kids. At this SF MOMA event of creative souls established and on-the-rise, BUMP artists will reinterpret hair stylist cum artist Mark Bradford's character exploration of a Teddy Pendergrass-Pinnochio character, Pinnochio is on Fire."

Interview with Marc Vogl, BAVC Executive Director from TAYSF- Transitional Age Youth (Feb. 13, 2012)
"BAVC believes that the more equipped youth are to use new media, the more they are equipped for the 21st century. We are trying to get students not just to understand new media skills, but also to apply their media knowledge to solve problems, tell their stories and the stories of their communities."

Profile of Factory student Lauren Lindberg from Diablo Magazine (Feb. 10, 2012)
"Her passion for filmmaking began while she was a student at Monte Vista High School. She joined the Bay Area Youth Coalition and became involved in a program called The Factory, which trains filmmakers to create professional quality short films, music videos, and public service announcements. The Factory sparked Lindberg’s interest in documentary filmmaking and she soon co-directed, filmed, and edited an award-winning documentary called Independence in Sight."

BAVC Producers Institute Project SOS Slaves Working to Change Human Trafficking  from the Malibu Times (Jan. 4, 2012)
"Given the sensitive subject of the game, Alvarez-Stehle relied on grants to develop this computer game. Game developers Codewalla committed to produce a prototype on a pro bono basis. Alvarez-Stehle hopes to raise enough money to bring the prototype to life in time to showcase it at the upcoming festivals in New York and Delhi, India.“The beauty of a trans-media [documentary and game] project is that we can get this critical message to the youth,” Alvarez-Stehle said."

Exciting Partnership with the Bay Area Video Coalition  from NTEN (Dec. 20, 2011)
"BAVC provides training and access to emerging media technology for public media producers, independent artists, at-risk youth, and other nonprofit organizations. For more than 35 years, BAVC has supported the artists and activists who tell stories that change the world."

Public Excess on S.F. Public Access Channel 29 from the SF Weekly (Dec. 14, 2011)
"The Bay Area Video Coalition does public access now, and you can even watch it online."

Merce Cunningham at BAVC from the New York Times (Dec. 5, 2011)
"I went to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to see if it would support the project, and to the Bay Area Video Coalition to discuss how to get cameras into the studio space without invading the company’s privacy."

Two Producers Institute Projects (Love Free or Die and Valley of Saints) Accepted Into Sundance
from the New York Times (Nov. 30, 2011)

Arts Incubators (BAVC's Producers Institute Program) Create Roadmap for Resistance from Americans for the Arts (Nov. 30, 2011)
"In 2007, Bay Area Video Coalition’s (BAVC) Producers Institute for New Media, began in San Francisco. The institute was developed because BAVC recognized that traditional cinema didn’t inspire people to take action."

BAVC Creates Digital Learning Center for Teens at SFPL from the San Francisco Chronicle (Nov. 24, 2011)
"The library will design the center in partnership with the Bay Area Video Coalition, the California Academy of Sciences and KQED. The goal is to teach youth to understand and use technology and media production tools, and to produce creative projects."

Digital Pathways Offers Opportunities from TAYSF- Transitional Age Youth  (Nov. 14, 2011)
"The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)‘s Digital Pathways program offers training and pre-professional opportunities for young people (ages 14-24) who want to learn skills to advance their potential for careers in technology and the media arts."

Molding the Modern City from Dwell Magazine (Aug. 24, 2011)
"When it comes time to break free from basic HTML coding skills and transition towards the hip, multimedia style of HTML5, pleasant surprises are not usually found hidden within in the code. But courses at BAVC, San Francisco’s Bay Area Video Coalition, can lead to some thrilling discoveries—especially if the course is taught by SF-based photographer and installation artist, Liz Hickok."

Factory Youth Finalist in Seventeen Magazine's "Pretty Amazing" Contest from MTV News (Aug. 12, 2011)

Interview with Mark Hellar from (June 8, 2011)
"BAVC offered me a job, as they had a gigabit fiber connection to the Internet. I thought that they were really at the center of technology and that there were a lot of possibilities for artists with this infrastructure."

BAVC Partners with Mozilla to Create Web-Native Documentaries from ZeroDivide (Mar. 17, 2011)

BAVC Wins $1M MacArthur Award Grant from the San Francisco Chronicle (Jan. 24, 2011)