Re-Take Oakland is a two-year public education and filmmaker mentoring program. Documentary filmmakers of color will work with community advocates to create short personal films featuring stories of individuals, families, and communities in Oakland.

We offer master classes, film screenings with private filmmaker talks, and mentoring with award-winning documentary filmmakers. Modest stipends will be available to filmmakers for production costs.

The program focuses on mentoring emerging filmmakers of color living in the San Francisco Bay Area who have completed one or more documentary films but have not been featured in national public television or top tier film festivals. Priority is given to Oakland residents and/or filmmakers who are Asian American (South, East, Southeast, and West Asian/Middle Eastern), mixed race, and LGBTQ+ people of color.

At this time, applications for filmmakers are closed. Applicants will be contacted by June 15, 2019 regarding their participation.

Community advocates who are Oakland residents and neighbors are welcome to apply to work with a filmmaker.

Please read the Program Guidelines & Activities for Advocates for more information before applying.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

You are welcome to contact us with any questions or requests for support.

 

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Mentors

 

 

Rita Baghdadi

Rita Baghdadi is an Emmy award winning Moroccan-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles whose work has screened in top festivals worldwide. Rita has made a name for herself as a strong vérité storyteller with the ability to gain trust and capture beauty in the moments unfolding in real time. The Hollywood Reporter described Rita’s camerawork as “intimate.” Recently, Rita’s documentary City Rising (2017) was awarded three Emmy awards including Best Social Issue Film. Her feature documentary My Country No More (2018) won Best Feature at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and was picked up for broadcast by PBS’ Independent Lens. Her work has been supported by Tribeca, Sundance, the International Documentary Association, Film Independent, Points North Institute, ITVS, Netflix, IFP and Technicolor. Rita is also an accomplished Director of Photography, having shot on several films including And She Could Be Next (in post-production) and Served Like A Girl (2017).

 

 

Nausheen Dadabhoy

Nausheen Dadabhoy is a Pakistani-American director and cinematographer from Southern California. She received her MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute. Nausheen has lensed a number of narrative and documentary films, including J’adore Nawal (2018), a short for HBO Documentaries which premiered at Sundance; La Femme et le TGV (2016), a live action short film Oscar nominee; War to be Her (2016) which aired on POV, and The Ground Beneath Their Feet (2014), her directorial debut which premiered at IDFA. Nausheen’s films have screened at festivals worldwide including Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca, AFI Fest, Locarno and have appeared on Netflix, PBS, MSNBC, and MTV. Nausheen has been selected as a Film Independent Project: Involve Fellow, a Berlin Talents participant, a Firelight Fellow, and a Chicken & Egg Eggcelerator Lab participant. She is based in New York, Los Angeles and Karachi, where she has broken boundaries to become the only female cinematographer in Pakistan.

 

 

Kenneth Eng

Kenneth Eng is a Chinese-American director, editor and executive producer based in Los Angeles. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to support My Life in China (2014), which broadcast on PBS’ America Reframed. His other films include Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball (2006), which appeared on PBS’ POV and continues to play in Japan on NHK-TV, Take Me to the River (2004), and Scratching Windows (1998), which broadcast as part of the series REEL NY on WNET – NY PBS. Ken edited Tested (2015) for director Curtis Chin and is currently developing projects on post-genocide reconciliation in Rwanda and the rise of baseball in China.

 

 

Selina Lewis-Davidson

Selina Lewis-Davidson is an African-American producer who has worked on more than a dozen nationally broadcast documentaries, including two Emmy-nominated films with director Macky Alston: Hard Road Home (2007), which broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens, and Family Name (1997), which won the Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast on PBS’ POV. She also produced Occupation: Dreamland (2005), directed by Garrett Scott and Ian Olds, which won the Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction award and aired on the Sundance Channel. Selina serves as a Consulting Producer to Three Frames, a nonprofit production company that has produced work by Kelly Duane de la Vega, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and Katie Galloway. She co-founded GreenHouse Pictures with Producer Nancy Roth in 2003, which is based in Northern California and New York City.

 

 

Dawn Valadez

Dawn Valadez is a queer Xicanx filmmaker, activist, resource wrangler, and impact strategist in Berkeley, California. She is the producer and co-director of The Pushouts (2018) with Director Katie Galloway which will be broadcast on PBS in 2019. Her award-winning feature documentary with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Going on 13 (2008), premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. She is currently working on her next feature documentary, Teacher Like Me. Her films have been funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Latino Public Broadcasting, California Humanities, Ford Foundation/Just Films, Sundance Institute / Skoll Foundation Stories of Change, Berkeley Film Foundation, and Chicken & Egg Pictures. Dawn also advises on documentary films along with impact and public engagement campaigns. She has been selected for residencies and fellows programs such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Producer’s Academy, Bay Area Video Coalition’s Media Makers Fellowship, NALIP’s Latino Producers Academy and Media Market, the Sundance Institute / Skoll Foundation Stories of Change Lab, and the Women of Color Filmmakers’ Artist Residency Center.

 

 

Chihiro Wimbush

Chihiro Wimbush is a biracial filmmaker based in Richmond, California. He co-directed and shot the Emmy-nominated Dogtown Redemption (2015) which was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens. Chihiro also edited the award-winning feature documentary films Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm (2015), which broadcast on PBS nationally, and Defender (2017) about the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. He is currently co-directing and editing the sequel to Defender, Ricochet. Additionally, Chihiro has served as co-director, editor and occasional cinematographer on numerous short documentary films. He has been a Sundance Creative Producing Institute Fellow, a Bay Area Video Coalition Media Maker, and was chosen to be part of the first national On Being Gathering hosted by Krista Tippett. Chihiro also worked as a production manager and producer for three narrative feature films for the Center for Asian American Media, working with directors Wayne Wang, Richard Wong, and HP Mendoza. Before focusing on filmmaking, Chihiro was a musician, DJ, as well as radio host and producer. With his wife Meena Srinivasan, he creates mindful media and education content via their nonprofit organization, A Lens Inside.

 

Advisors

 

 

Donald Young

Donald Young is Director of Programs for the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). He oversees all of CAAM’s programs, including CAAMFest, funding for filmmakers, national productions, and public television strategies. Donald has developed and produced numerous programs for the PBS, most recently Off the Menu: Asian America (2015) by Grace Lee, Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings (2012) by Tadashi Nakamura, Daze of Justice (2016) by Mike Siv, and the Muslim Youth Voices series (2018) by Musa Syeed. Upcoming projects include the series Asian Americans, a co-production with WETA and produced by Renee Tajima-Pena; Family Pictures, USA by Thomas Allen Harris; and a feature film adaptation of Chang-rae Lee’s Coming Home Again by Wayne Wang.

 

 

Soumyaa Kapil Behrens

Soumyaa Kapil Behrens is the Director of the Documentary Film Institute at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and teaches in the School of Cinema. Her work engages issues that influence the human condition and the political landscapes that shape identity and power structures within marginalized communities. Recent awards include: Abina and the Important Men (2017), which won Best Animation at SF Black Film Festival and Best Feature at Montreal International Animation, and Best Short Documentary for Con Moto (2017) at the Classical Arts Festival. Her film Nail House (2016) was a finalist for the Green Fire Environmental award. Soumyaa has produced and directed films that have been screened around the world, broadcast, and streamed on online distribution platforms. In 2017, she launched the nonfiction film conference and online journal, Pluralities meant to explore the expanded space of nonfiction film and media. Soumyaa was named one of “15 Filmmakers to Watch” in February 2019 by Make It Better magazine.

 

 

Anamik Saha

Anamik Saha is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London. His research interests are in race and the media. His work explores the politics of racial representation in popular culture, especially on how cultural industries function to exclude or stereotype racial minorities, often by following capitalist logics. His work has been published in journals including Media, Culture and Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and European Journal of Cultural Studies. With David Hesmondhalgh, he co-edited a special issue of Popular Communication (2013) on race and ethnicity in cultural production and with Dave O’Brien, Kim Allen and Sam Friedman, he co-edited a special issue of Cultural Sociology (2017) on inequalities in the cultural industries. His first book Race and the Cultural Industries came out in 2018, published by Polity Press.