Re-Take Oakland


     Re-Take Oakland is a two-year public education and filmmaker mentoring program. Documentary filmmakers of color 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 are 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.



[AK Sandhu]

A.K. Sandhu

[Jennifer Huang]

Jennifer Huang


[Kirthi Nath]

Kirthi Nath


[teo octavia]

teo octavia

[Corinne Cueva]

Corinne Manabat Cueva

[Jenn Lee Smith]

Jenn Lee Smith


[Lucy Saephan]

Lucy Saephan


[Jay Gash]

Jay Gash

[Jessica Jones]

Jessica Jones


[Pallavi Somusetty]

Pallavi Somusetty


[Rita Baghdadi]

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.

Her 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.


[Kenneth Eng]

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


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. She co-founded GreenHouse Pictures with Producer Nancy Roth in 2003, which is based in Northern California and New York City.

PJ Raval

PJ Raval


PJ Raval is a queer, first-generation Filipino American whose work explores the overlooked subcultures and identities within the already marginalized LGBTQ+ community. PJ was named one of Out Magazine’s “OUT 100” and IndieWIRE’s “25 LGBT Filmmakers on the Rise 2019.”

PJ’s latest film Call Her Ganda (2018) premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter hailed the film “as suspenseful as it is moving.” His work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, Bertha Foundation, Arcus Foundation, Sundance, Center for Asian American Media, Tribeca Film Institute, Firelight Media, PBS, and the Ford Foundation

PJ is member of the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

[Dawn Valadez]

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.

[Chihiro Wimbush]

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.

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.

[Nausheen Dadabhoy]

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) for HBO Documentaries which premiered at Sundance; La Femme et le TGV (2016), a live action short 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 has broken boundaries to become the only female cinematographer in Pakistan.


Guest Speakers

[Abby Sun]

Abby Sun

film festivals

[Adam Piron]

Adam Piron

film festivals

[Aymar Jean Christian]

Aymar Jean Christian

Open Television

[Bing Liu]

Bing Liu

Minding the Gap (2018)

[Brenda Avila]

Brenda Avila

New Day Films

[Corey Ohama]

Corey Ohama

New Day Films

[Denise Soler Cox]

Denise Soler Cox


[Jordana Meade]

Jordana Meade

public broadcasting

[Lacey Schwartz Delgado]

Lacey Schwartz Delgado

Little White Lie (2014)

[Leila Weefur]

Leila Weefur

all their works

[Michelle Materre]

Michelle Materre


[Pam Torno]

Pam Torno

public broadcasting

[Robin Lung]

Robin Lung

Finding Kukan (2016)

[Roselly Torres]

Roselly Torres


[Sahar Driver]

Sahar Driver

community engagement

[Samah Ali]

Samah Ali

Sisterhood Media TV

[Spencer Nakasako]

Spencer Nakasako

Refugee (2003)

[Yvonne Ashley Kouadjo]

Yvonne Ashley Kouadjo

New York Times OpDocs


[Donald Young]

Donald Young

Director of Programs – Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

[Soumyaa Behrens]

Soumyaa Kapil Behrens

Director – Documentary Film Institute at San Francisco State University

[Anamik Saha]

Anamik Saha

Senior Lecturer – Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London

Production and Post-Production Support

[Erin Turney]

Erin Turney

Director of Photography

Lien Do

Lien Do

Audio Engineer/Mixer, Music Composer

Shaun Farley

Shaun Farley

Sound Editor/Mixer, Foley

Mike Shen


[Latajh Weaver]

LaTajh Weaver

Writer, Director, Editor