The Factory is BAVC's advanced video production collective for motivated youth, ages 15-19, in the Oakland Bay Area. In this collaborative program, Factory Producers create professional-quality short films, music videos, and public service announcements. The program emphasizes creative and political expression through a strong visual style. Participants develop their skills as videographer, director, and editor.Youth are encouraged to explore issues important to them through fiction, documentary, and video art. Completed projects are distributed to film festivals, contests, and for broadcast. Factory-produced videos have screened at over fifty festivals internationally, including the Hamptons International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and the Media That Matters Film Festival. Our work has also been broadcast on KQED, KDOL, Access SF, and Manhattan News Network. We have won numerous awards in a variety of categories such as a Northern California Emmy Award, two Golden Gate Awards from the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Jury Award from Media That Matters, and the top prize from the National Coalition Against Censorship. Participants in The Factory also travel nationally to film festivals and youth media conferences. Recently, Factory youth have attended the Sundance Film Festival, the Youth Media Alliance in Detroit, and the Seattle Superfly youth filmmaking camp. This free, year-round, program meets in downtown Oakland from 4pm-7pm, Monday through Friday, during the school year. The Factory is currently accepting applications from interested Bay Area youth. For more information, contact Factory Manager Jason Jakaitis. Download an application to The Factory. To keep updated on Factory activities including screenings, events and latest news, please sign up for the Factory mailing list here.

 

  • Teenagers from Oakland and the East Bay are invited to voice their opinions on Election Day, November 4, 2008, in a video confessional booth outside Oakland's City Hall building.

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  • Ame Garrucho, a participant in the Factory over the summer of 2006, returned to the Factory to gain internship credit to complete her degree in Motion Graphics at Ex'pressions College. As a Factory filmmaker, Ame produced Help Me Please, the most successful music video in the program's history (click here to see the video).

    Ame's internship was extraordinarily productive: she did the DVD design for the forthcoming Best of NextGen DVD, she trained current Factory youth on programs like Adobe After Effects and Illustrator, and she developed a new logo for the program!

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  • An observational documentary about two Tibetan refugees living in North India and their daily routine of making steamed dumplings to sell at a town market. Directed by David Johnson in BAVC's Factory program (http://www.bavc.org/factory).

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  • David Johnson, a Junior at Holden High School in Orinda, filmed his documentary Momo while on a trip to Northern India with other adventurous American teenagers last Summer. It is an observational documentary about two Tibetan refugees and their daily routine of making steamed dumplings to sell at a town market. Watch his film and then read his interview below.

    How did you find yourself in Dharamsala, India at three in the morning, filming a pair of Tibetan immigrant Momo-makers?

    Over the summer I traveled to India with a youth study abroad program called Where There be Dragons. The course was titled Identity in Exile

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    The Factory's first day in Los Angeles was packed full of adventures. After our trip to Fotokem to see our 16mm footage screened (see previous blog entry here), we hustled over to the post-production facility Entertainment Post, where students got a chance to color time the telecine transfer (capturing the film negative digitally so it can be edited on a computer) with a professional colorist.

    Here are the student's experiences in their own words:

    Henry Zaballos, Senior, Bishop O'Dowd:

     

    The Factory's first day in Los Angeles was packed full of adventures. After our trip to Fotokem to see our 16mm footage screened (see previous blog entry here), we hustled over to the post-production facility Entertainment Post, where students got a chance to color time the telecine transfer (capturing the film negative digitally so it can be edited on a computer) with a professional colorist.

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  • Our second day in Los Angeles began with a trip to American Film Institute's Digital Content Lab. Nick DeMartino and Suzanne Stefanac very generously came in on their day off to give the Factory youth a tour of the AFI campus and to explain how the Digital Content Lab is working to envision how audiences will interact with movies in the future.

    Here is the Factory filmmakers' experiences in their own words:

    Fifer Garbesi, Sophomore, Berkeley High School:

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  •  Zoë Salnave is a 16-year old Junior at Berkeley High School and a new participant in BAVC's advanced video production program, The Factory. She recently joined seven other students on a three-day field trip to Los Angeles, where they toured a film processing laboratory, a digital post-production house, and the American Film Institute's Digital Content Lab.

     Zoë Salnave is a 16-year old Junior at Berkeley High School and a new participant in BAVC's advanced video production program, The Factory. She recently joined seven other students on a three-day field trip to Los Angeles, where they toured a film processing laboratory, a digital post-production house, and the American Film Institute'

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  • The first place the Factory visited on their trip to Los Angeles was Fotokem, a full service post production facility Factory students were given a tour of the facility by Walt Rose, Fotokem's student outreach representative. Walt walked the students through the facility as if they were following their own film: through the chemical bath to the negative cutter and into the color correction facilities. At the end of the tour, the students got to watch the "dailies" of their own footage in a private screening room.

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  •  Eight students from BAVC’s Factory advanced video production program recently returned from an exciting three-day trip to Los Angeles, where they toured film production facilities and followed the 16mm footage they’d shot the previous week from the chemical bath all the way to the telecine transfer. They also had a chance to take in the glamorous Hollywood scene and spoke with innovators at the American Film Institute about the rapidly-changing world of filmmaking in the 21st century.

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  • The accelerated daily routine of a teenager, punctuated by the occasional day dream. Directed by David Johnson. Produced in BAVC's Factory program. 2 minutes 22 seconds.

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  • A Jewish student at a catholic school examines the tensions and possibilities of the religious juxtaposition. Directed by Malcolm Bailey. Produced in BAVC's Factory program. 7 minutes 10 seconds.

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  • A soaring flyball takes a teenaged outfielder on a tour of Oakland, California. Directed by Myquan Brooks. Produced in BAVC's Factory program. 3 minutes 22 seconds.

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  • Adapted from a short story by Stace Budzko, \How to Set a House of Fire\ tells the story of a man who breaks from his family and his past in one incendiary act. Directed by Henry Zaballos. Produced in BAVC's Factory program. 2 minutes 57 seconds.

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    A skeptical sneakerhead learns about a socially-conscious sneaker boutique in Oakland. Directed by Patrick Manning. Produced in BAVC's Factory program. 5 minutes 1 second.

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  • A trio of Bay Area graffiti writers talk about what inspires them to do what they do and how they strive to get their work recognized as an art form with social value. Directed by Alberto Azurdia. Produced in BAVC's Factory Program. 6 minutes 20 seconds.

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  • A plea for peace in Oakland with confessions and memories from those who have lost loved ones to violence. Directed by Taylor White. Produced in BAVC's Factory Program. 3 minutes 55 seconds.

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  • Zeke tries to navigate changing relationships with friends and family as he transitions out of high school and into college. Directed by Malcolm Bailey. Produced in BAVC's Factory Program. 14 minutes 36 seconds.

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    Factory filmmakers Marwaun and Myquan Brooks recently returned from a trip to Seattle, where they participated in the Seattle Superfly filmmaking marathon, which is put on by Longhouse Media and sponsored by the Seattle International Film Festival.

    Marwaun and Myquan, along with 50 youth from media production labs around the country and another 25 filmmaking mentors, spent 48 hours on the Squaxin Island Tribe reservation east of Olympia, Washington. There they broke into small groups and adapted screenplays written by Native American author Princess Lucaj. Each group had 36 hours to shoot and edit their films before they screened at the Egyptian theater as part of the Seattle International Film Festival.

    "Raven group" in the midst
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  • 6 months. 103 shots. 84 foley sounds. 2 minutes. This is David Johnson's detailed, albeit brief, teen-life opus.

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  • Two young men battle over the levels of a stereo system. directed by Olafur H. Helgason. 2 minutes 57 seconds.

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