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Asiya Wadud : urban forager


Michael Christian : metal sculptor


Vanessa Espinoza : graffiti mural artist


Tim Monroe : inline skater


short documentaries highlighting the artists, thinkers and do-ers that make Oakland a uniquely vibrant and thrilling city

Asiya Wadud

Urban Forager

Michael Christian

Metal Sculptor

DJ Agana

Graffiti Artist

Tim Monroe

Inline Skater

News & Updates

We met our Kickstarter goal!

Thanks to 93 generous backers, we recently reached our first goal with Kickstarter to fund one new Oakland Originals documentary! Additional contributions continue to roll in as new donors join us through our Support page. With additional community support, as well as matching contributions from the employers of our backers, we expect to be able to produce two or more new Oakland documentaries. That means there’s still time for you to join us! Become a backer through a tax-deductible contribution on our Support page. We still have some Kickstarter rewards available (t-shirts, posters prints – email us at contact@oaklandoriginals for details). Help us tell more stories about groundbreaking Oakland artists, thinkers and do-ers! Thanks for your support! We’re excited to start production on the next documentaries. – Jim &... read more

East Bay Express Coverage

The East Bay Express featured Oakland Originals and our online release of the documentaries on July 24th with the catchy headline: Oakland Originals Film Series At It Again Read the article here. This was a follow-up on the longer story they did in May 2014. Documenting Oakland’s Originals Read the original 2014... read more

Inspiring Oakland’s Youth

Oakland teacher Abdul-Haqq Khalifah talks about the importance of inspiring Oakland’s youth with  role models in the community such as Oakland... read more

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Oakland Originals is a series of short documentaries that spotlight the artists, musicians, thinkers and do-ers that make Oakland a uniquely vibrant and thrilling community. Featuring folks who are pushing boundaries and exploring territories singular to Oakland, these “Originals” electrify the screen and remind us why we love this town.

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