These resources will be continually updated as we find new information and tools that may be valuable to our community during this time. Last updated July 13, 2021. Feel free to reach out if you have any suggestions.
For more information about the steps BAVC Media is taking to stop the spread in our physical space you can read our Facility Policy and our SF Commons reopening plan.
General Coronavirus Health and Financial Resources
From the Legal Aid Network
Includes sections: Why People Are Concerned, Public Health Recommendations (incl. multilingual), Social Justice Framework: Root Causes, Unequal Impact & What People Are Doing About It, Fact-Checking & Stopping Misinformation, and Scientific Information
Includes emergency contacts, resources for guardians, community care, tech resources, local resources by state, resources for artists, virtual gatherings, grants, teaching tools, financial assistance resources, government advocacy resources, petitions, and more.
Some Internet providers are offering low cost Internet services for residents.
“In a social phase in which thinking about one’s garden has become the rule, the virus sends us a clear message: the only way out is reciprocity, the sense of belonging, the community, the feeling of being part of something greater to take care of us and that can take care of us. The shared responsibility, the feeling that your fates depends on not only yours but on everyone around you. And that you depend on them.” – Francesca Morelli
An extensive list of mental health resources and information.
For our non-Black community members. Now is the time to educate yourself and others and to take action.
Intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen anti-racism work. Compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020.
Free social justice and anti-bias resources for classrooms, teachers, administrators, counselors, and anyone who works with K-12 students and young people
A deep list of articles, compilations, petitions, media suggestions, and more. Put together by Tatum Dorrell, Matthew Herndon, and Jourdan Dorrell.
A template to support you in being intentional about holding yourself and other white people in your company accountable for racial justice. Part of Rachel Cargle’s Great Unlearn.
“To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing. One of the best ways to do this is by reading books.”
Created by Resmaa Menakem who has also gathered this resource list.
Anti-Racist Resource Collection
Tools, worksheets, workbooks, and further reading
A Google Drive full of vital works by seminal Black writers and thinkers. Be your own college professor! Assign yourself and your friends some readings. Mark them up and discuss them.
They’ve also collected some suggested readings in their Statement of Principals here.
Featuring podcasts, books, and action items.
Resources from Black Lives Matter. More here.
Many things you can do to safely support protests right now. Last update in early July.
Mutual Aid – Bay Area & Nationwide
“Mutual aid centers around the idea that we should all share with each other reciprocally and that we can help meet one another’s needs in a self-directed, grassroots way, rather than relying exclusively on top-down government solutions that may come too slowly, or fail to offer adequate support to the most vulnerable people.” – Vox
This is an incredible collection of resources (DIY, health, strikes) and as close to a master list of Mutual Aid groups around the world as exists. Collective Care Is Our Best Weapon against COVID-19!
SF Bay Area/Nationwide COVID-19 Mutual Aid Resources List
A nearly comprehensive list of where to get help from your neighbors and where to lend support in the greater Bay Area, including aid for elders, houseless folks, and people with disabilities, plus other resources. Many incredible grassroots efforts here.
A US-based resource for people looking out for themselves and their communities through personal preparation, collective care, mutual aid and advocacy
Database of Localized Resources During COVID 19 Outbreak (spreadsheet)
Tabs include Kids/Teens, How To/Best Practices, Trans/Queer Support, Elder Support, Healthcare Providers Support, From Funders for Funders, Messaging, and more.
Oakland at Risk
Sign up to be matched with an elder or immunocompromised neighbor who could use your help over the next several weeks.
A collective grassroots effort coordinating safe volunteer opportunities to meet the pressing needs in our neighborhoods.
Tools for bringing cinema and other arts programming online along with advocacy resources and more.
Scroll down to the bottom for links and resources
Collected by Common Field
Emergency Funds for Artists in All Disciplines
Includes list of funds for hospitality and service industry workers
Includes learning resources, teaching tools, grants and community care.
From Creative Capital. Also check out their list of arts events that have moved online.
Resources for Filmmakers and Artists
Native American writers, directors, actors and all above the line and below the line workers in the entertainment industry who have experienced loss of employment due to the current COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for grants of $2,000 awarded on a first-come-first-served basis until the program funds have been depleted.
Additional grantmaking programs to be announced later this year.
The East Bay Community Foundation will be awarding grants of $1,000-$16,000 for the commissioning of new works by Bay Area artists.
To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.
The BOMB editors have compiled a list of open applications for the 2020–21 calendar year including funding opportunities, remote residencies, and residencies designed by and for BIPOC.
Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists grants program
For applicants representing a wide range of cultural expressions and artistic practices in the performing arts and media arts. Please check back in May 2021 for information about the next application period!
Field of Visions Documentary Filmmaker Support Guide
A living document including Field of Vision’s own Mentorship, Consultation Services, Project Funding, and Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund as well as other information and resources.
Compiled by Phlearn. Includes many grants and other resources such as software and legal resources.
Many of the region’s arts service organizations united to establish a transparent and efficient system that can equitably disperse funds to Bay Area arts workers in need.
Grants, loans, financial, and urgent needs programs as well as advocacy resources, business and strategy resources, personal and creative resources, resources for non-profits, and more.
Also from New York Women In Film and Television.
After reviewing available options for digital screenings engagement they are sharing what they’ve learned with you. This event has passed but you can replay the recording. Also check out their Digital Perspectives series.
From NY Media Center. Good stuff in here for this time of crists and all the time.
From Art Practical
Webinars, Q&As, and masterclasses, previously available only to paid members, our now online for anyone who is interested, at no cost. Also check out their video library and curated resources. You can read Sundance’s full COVID-19 statement here.
Hosting discussions about the art, craft, business and social impact of documentary film.
A great list of resources for media professionals and everyone.
A Youtube playlist
15 handy videos from Raindance, with tips ranging from writing your CV to pitching your film. Also check out their series of Production Tips.
A 3-month virtual program where creatives are provided guidance and resources to produce live content, which is aired on a collective streaming platform.
Thanks to the generosity of the Pop Culture Collaborative, The Opportunity Agenda is able to provide emergency assistance stipends for artists and cultural strategists.
Webinar Recordings, Related Resources and FAQ
A compilation of regional funds from KQED Arts here in San Francisco. Last updated in May.
Continually updated by Americans for the Arts
For currently unemployed full-time residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
The Documentary Impact Producer Relief Fund
Closed for 2020
Resources for Youth
Includes resources for housing, storage, travel, internet, food, healthcare, resources for undocumented students, resources to support workers, and more.
Check out our saved stories an archive of the resources we’ve shared.
Stay Creative with Reel Stories Daily Online Programming
Film and media related learning opportunities every day!
For and by teens from YR Media.
Quarantine Streaming, Cooking, Reading, & Creating
Resources for spending time in isolation.
An initiative launched by a group of arab filmmakers and film institutions, curating some of the best, most thought-provoking and independently-minded works of contemporary Arab cinema to enjoy for free for a limited time. A new issue is released (at least) every 15 days.
A fun and easy to use goldmine of current short films. Presented by MailChimp and Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Boundary-pushing short films and more streaming live every Sunday. Check here for the upcoming schedule.
A wealth of comic book recommendations from queer illustrators. Also checkout Themfest, an ongoing virtual music and arts festival.
Sliding-scale pay-what-you-can screenings, workshops, and more!
The novelist and Shirkers director on the books and movies she’s relying on to get through coronavirus lockdown.
Select 2020 Festival programming will now be online.
Archive of videos from the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival including talks, conference recordings, debates, and more. Also see – films streaming internationally right now.
Free online platform for new independent films (mostly shorts). Here’s how to watch NoBudge on your TV.
Watch her Twitter for a chance to participate. You can read an interview with Zia about the process here.
Check back for new additions (among the regular flow of miny performance art pieces on her feed).
Delicious recipes on small budgets
Streaming and available for anyone to watch
A virtual mountain of videotapes.
Watch new independent releases at home.
Sometimes it’s nice to let someone else tells you what to watch tonight.
Some were blasted by critics, some flopped at the box office, and all are ripe to attain cult-classic status.
10 contemporary nonfiction filmmakers choose their own favorites. Features picks from Molly Dineen, Khalo Matabane, Franny Armstrong, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, James Marsh, Kim Longinotto, Alex Gibney, Lucy Walker, and Joshua Oppenheimer.
Remote Working, Remote Learning, Remote Fun
Resources for preparing for School Year 2020-21
Transitioning key workflows for a remote-first world.
From VolunteerMatch. Also check out their database of COVID-19 volunteer opportunities.
A video in a series from the Institute for the Future.
Part of the COVID-19 Cooking series “There’s No Better Time To…”
PDF Compiled by Community At Work Colleagues & Staff in March 2020
From Harvard Business Publishing
Also, guides on socially responsible divesting/investing, and a blog full of personal finance tips and strategies for hacking capitalism.
Advice for building healthy financial habits now, so that you’ll benefit later.
Quarantine Self Care
Organizations, directories, resources, and podcasts for Black, Indigenous, Asian, and Latinx folks. See also the
Information, hotlines, and more.
Through interviews with over a dozen expert queer healers — including traditional psychologists, sex therapists, personal trainers, reiki masters and hypnotists — Them.us has compiled a guide for self-care during these scary times.
“There’s a lot out there about how to avoid getting infected, but no one told me what to do once it happened.”
A list of anti-oppressive virtual fitness resources created by People of Color, trans, fat, and disabled trainers. Most offerings are sliding scale or donation based.
BAVC Media’s neighbor just downstairs, The Corner Studio, has uploaded many free workouts to Facebook for anyone to use at home while social distancing. If you enjoy what they’re providing you can donate to support the instructors.
Coronavirus Reporting, Writing, and More