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MY Place in Oakland

MY Place Oakland participants: Kamantai Fungula, De'Mario Williams and CDS teacher Rasheed Ali MY Place Oakland participants: Kamantai Fungula, De’Mario Williams and CDS teacher Rasheed Ali.

MY Place, a CFI Education program promoting media literacy through the art of digital storytelling, recruited 8 youths to participate in the first Oakland MY Place workshop. The workshop was facilitated by the Center for Digital Storytelling with KTOP as the editing facilities partner.

The first day of the workshop consists of students and teachers getting to know each other through icebreakers and writing prompts. CDS teachers Gayle Nicholls-Ali, Rasheed Ali and Amy Hill helped the students writer their stories and record their voice-overs. Students brought photos and spent a day with CFI Education volunteers shooting short video clips of their neighborhoods to enhance their stories. The next day, the students spend their time editing their films using Final Cut Express. By the end of the workshop. participants leave with the basics of filmmaking and editing to share with the world their amazing stories.


Front L to R: Curtys Taylor, Shindozjanae Smith, Kamantai Fungula, Persia Alcorn and Brijanai Collins. Back L to R: Kash Gaines, De'Mario Williams and Corey Skinner, Jr.

A world-wide premiere of their films will be shown at the Zaentz Media Center in Berkeley in September. Family and friends of the filmmakers are invited to this special event.

Important aims of this program are to promote self-esteem and through their films, connect filmmakers to their community.

In April, MY Place workshops are held in Marin for the Canal Community and Marin City and in San Francisco with the Mission, Hunter’s Point and Tenderloin neighborhoods.