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After the success of the first four Oakland Originals documentaries, we need your help to make the next 1 to 4. See our stretch goals!
After the success of the first four Oakland Originals documentaries, we need your help to make the next 1 to 4. See our stretch goals!
93 backers pledged $6,987 to help bring this project to life.

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We did it! Together, we funded one new Oakland Originals documentary!

But there are so many great artists, thinkers and do-ers in Oakland, we'd love to do 2, 3 or even 4 documentaries.

Missed the campaign, but still want to become a backer and support MORE Oakland documentaries? Make a tax-deductible donation on our website today! Click here or go to www.oaklandoriginals.com/support.

And sign up for our newsletter here to get project updates, learn about screenings of our NEW documentaries and other cool things about and going on in Oakland.

Oakland Originals is a series of dynamic, short documentaries that spotlight the extraordinary artists, musicians, thinkers and do-ers that make Oakland, California a uniquely vibrant and thrilling city. These Oaklanders electrify the screen while pushing boundaries and exploring territories singular to Oakland.

We are in pre-production on the second round of short documentaries. We premiered the first round of four “Originals” in 2014, which include a passionate fruit forager, a sculptor of other-worldly curiosities, a graffiti artist determined to leave a meaningful mark, and an in-line skater dedicated to going the distance.

...and, we already have a long list of extraordinary Oaklanders that we’d like to spotlight for the next phase! Future documentaries may highlight a genre-defying member of the local music scene, a powerful writer with a distinctly Oakland voice, a quirky street food vendor and a "wild and crazy" master gardener. See below for details on how you can submit your favorite "Original" for possible inclusion.

The community's response at our many Oakland and San Francisco screenings has been incredible. Countless people have asked us, “When are you going to make more?” That inspired us to start working on the second round of documentaries.

But to do that, we need your help! Any amount you can contribute puts us closer to our goal of telling more great Oakland stories. And your contribution is tax-deductible (through our fiscal sponsor Media Alliance)!

Our stretch goals will determine just how many more we make. As stretch goals are reached, contributors will receive exclusive bonus rewards that we will announced throughout the campaign.

$6,000 (initial goal) = One new OO documentary
$11,500 = Two new OO documentaries
$16,500 = Three new OO documentaries
$22,000 = FOUR NEW OO DOCUMENTARIES!

But don't stop there! We will make as many as we can fund for!

Some exclusive "contributors-only" stretch goal rewards will include:

When we reach $6000.. CLIPS FROM THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR! (1 exclusive web-extra “outtakes” video for each of the first four “Originals” that will be posted when we reach the goal - for Kickstarter contributors only!)

When we reach $8500...  ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION! (Contributors can suggest and vote on 1 question to ask the “Originals” or the filmmakers. The video of the responses will be posted on Youtube after the Campaign, exclusively for contributors!)

The next stretch goal rewards will be announced as we reach the above milestones.

Our campaign will last four weeks. Each week we will roll out one of the first four Oakland Originals documentaries on our website for you and the public to view and share.

This week we launch Oakland Originals: Tim Monroe

Tim Monroe never planned on conquering mountains. Inline skating in his spare time, he started exploring beyond his own neighborhoods and wondered how far he could go. Could he skate all 837 miles of Oakland city streets—from the hills to the flats—with all the obstacles in between? And what would he discover about himself and his city along the way?

Oakland Originals: Vanessa "Agana" Solari Espinoza

The Bay Area nurtures amazing graffiti artists, DJs, jewelry makers, educators, clothing designers and 3D animators. But how many individuals are all of these things? Oakland Original Vanessa “Agana” Solari Espinoza is an artist of striking talent, whose prolific work transforms urban landscapes and guides young inner-city youth to channel their powerful emotions into meaningful art.

Oakland Originals: Michael Christian

Did these towering sculptures emerge from the earth or did they touch down from somewhere far, far away? Either way, Michael Christian’s artwork seldom stays put for long. Designed to be transportable, his striking creations invite audiences all over the world to explore in playful and revelatory ways.

Oakland Originals: Asiya Wadud! 

The founder of Forage Oakland was drawn to the irresistible bounty of fruit growing over fences and sidewalks in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood – much of it going to waste. Asiya Wadud’s community barter network brings neighbors together to build stronger communities while harvesting and sharing the riches of their own backyards.

 WATCH THE OAKLAND ORIGINALS TRAILER

We are probably a little biased but we think this campaign has some of the best rewards ever!

Of course we have some OO swag - thanks to our Oakland grown sponsors Oaklandish and PsPrint! Get your t-shirts, tote bags, and stickers! 

Logo designed by the one and only 'Original' Vanessa "Agana" Solari Espinoza! Our original OO movie poster was also designed by Oaklandish and the photo taken by local photographer Stephen Shumaker.

Signed portrait and inline skate wheel from 'Original' TIM MONROE (actually used in his skate tour of Oakland!)

COLLECTIBLE SIGNED SKATE WHEEL
COLLECTIBLE SIGNED SKATE WHEEL

How many skate wheels does it take to skate 837 miles of Oakland's city streets? We aren't exactly sure but Tim has a gigantic box of them – used on his actual skate of Oakland! Get your own wheel – autographed by Tim – and a signed portrait to commemorate his feat!

7x3 commemorative print of artwork by 'Original' VANESSA “AGANA” SOLARI ESPINOZA 

Commemorative print of the original “Home” sculpture design sketches signed by sculptor, and 'Original', MICHAEL CHRISTIAN. 

*Below is mock up. Final design still in progress.

11x17 framed and signed print by Vanessa "Agana" Solari Espinoza's. Framed by, Oakland based, Panorama Framing Inc. 

*Chose one of the images below and head over to Panorama to select a custom frame! Selection limited based on price point but you can always upgrade!

 LIMITED AGANA REWARDS

Hand Made Earrings (only 5 pairs)*Image is a sample. You will be sent a photo to choose which pair you would like when the campaign is complete.

"Corazon de la Tierra" Triptych Print Set (2 available)  
Three 12"x18" prints on 100% recycled paper (set is unframed)

For the first round we received a grant from the City of Oakland, which covered a small portion of the costs.

But if the next round of documentaries is going to happen, we need you! Be a part of the community. Get involved and help us create the next round of Oakland Originals films. We want these stories to be FROM you, ABOUT your community and FOR you!

By backing this project, you can play a role in using the power of film to tell positive and compelling stories about Oakland while also inspiring the next generation of ‘Originals.’

Our first goal is to produce ONE documentary. Our stretch goals will allow us to produce four total.

Your donation will help pay for the filming of the documentaries and for post-production work and editing. We need to hire local music composers (11% of our budget) and a sound mixer (6%), an editor (7%) hard drives to store footage (5%), production insurance (3%) and production crew (23%).

We’ve received in-kind donations of cameras, editing gear, poster printing, contributor rewards and more. Those significantly reduce our costs. But producing documentaries for theatrical screening and broadcast takes a lot of resources and support.

Kickstarter itself takes 7-8% of all contributions, 7% also goes to our non-profit fiscal sponsor (which allows your contribution to be tax deductible) and 6 to 8% of our budget covers producing and mailing Kickstarter rewards.

Additionally, your support helps get the films seen by as many people as possible (promotion, outreach and a digital file for screenings is 13% of our budget). If we reach our funding goal with your help, we will enter the film(s) into film festivals. But more importantly, we also hope to screen the film for free at schools, libraries and community centers to spread the word about all the exciting creativity in Oakland.

 This is why your support will be so meaningful. 

Please share this project and the first four documentaries with your friends and family. You can post on Facebook, Tweet about it, or email links to the documentaries and this Kickstarter page. The more we spread the word, the the greater our collective impact and the more great Oakland documentaries we can make!

You can also submit your own suggestions for 'Originals' we should consider highlighting in the next round on our website www.oaklandoriginals.com

Got other great ideas, or want to help more? Email us through this page or directly at contact@oaklandoriginals.com

We plan to start shooting the film(s) in the fall of 2015 and have them edited by spring of 2016. 

As longtime residents, we are continually surprised and inspired by the tremendous talent, creativity, resilience and Oakland spirit that bubbles throughout the city. It is this unique energy and attitude that compelled us to create Oakland Originals five years ago and continues to drive us today to explore the next round of stories. We are fortunate to be a part of a great team of people driven by the same passion. Together – and with your help – perhaps we can help inspire the next generation of ‘originals.’

Jim McSilver has has produced, directed and edited documentaries, shorts and feature films for television broadcast and theatrical release. He cut documentaries on health care, foreign policy, and the environment; including an episode of Aerial America for the Smithsonian Network, the pilot for the Reality TV series Good Works, and part 3 of the Lucasfilm documentary series Manifest Destiny for international and PBS broadcast. He edited and co-produced the feature documentary, Blau Jeans, produced and edited the award-winning PBS documentary, The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America, and wrote and directed the comedic short film Head to Head. Jim has also written, directed and edited video for such Fortune-500 clients as Coca-Cola, Intel, Genentech and Oracle.

Erin Palmquist, has worked for such companies as Lucasfilm, National Geographic Explorer, and PBS. Versatile and curious Erin’s work as a filmmaker has allowed her to experience and learn from a variety of fascinating subjects including: the refugee experience, Autism, pioneering girl coders, obsessive inline skaters, artists turning garbage into art, urban fruit foragers, girl boxers, and so much more. She is currently proud to be serving as director of photography on 5 Blocks - a documentary about the revitalization of Central Market Street area in San Francisco, CA. Her first feature-length documentary, From Baghdad to The Bay, is now in post-production.

Daniela Rible, Associate Producer & Development Manager is a media professional in the writing, journalism and communications sector. She loves storytelling, making connections with new people and asking lots of questions. A curious cat overall. She's a San Francisco resident who spends a lot time crossing the bay to explore all the cool spots in Oakland and stay connected to her native East Bay. You can find her at one of the numerous film festivals in the Bay Area, listening to live music, walking through parks, rummaging through second-hand stores and running to catch a Muni bus when she's not on her bike.

To meet the rest of the team from the first 4 docs: http://bit.ly/meettheOOteam

Risks and challenges

While film and video production can be filled with unexpected challenges (in fact, that's part of the fun!), Jim and Erin's years of production and post experience allow us to work through and thrive on these obstacles. In addition, because this is our second round of Oakland Originals, we've already worked through many of the issues faced by filmmakers creating a new project or series.

Our main challenge will come in narrowing down our list of great "Originals" in order to highlight just one, two three or four (depending on which goals we reach).

Finally, we get economies of scale with more films in the pipeline. So the more documentaries you support, the more efficient we can be.

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