OMCA at 50 Community Conversations: Belonging, on Film

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 2 pm | James Moore Theater
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 2:00pm

Join us for a special one-day program highlighting the work of Oakland and Bay Area community members who work in the film industry as they explore what it means to belong and how they preserve the stories of their communities and cultures through film. This panel will feature songwriter and director Boots Riley, Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Stephen Gong, and Pixar Animator Rosana Sullivan.

Tickets are $20 for Members and $25 for general admission. Ticket does not include gallery admission. 

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Boots Riley
Boots Riley is a provocative and prolific poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, director, community organizer, and public speaker who recently wrote and directed Sorry to Bother You, a comedy fantasy sci-fi film, in his directorial debut. Riley is also the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club, a leader of the activist group The Young Comrades, and the author of the critically acclaimed Tell Homeland Security-We Are the Bomb.


Jamari Perry
Jamari Perry is an accomplished filmmaker from the Bay Area, CA. Her films focus on popular culture and community empowerment. She has produced and directed several works of various genres including documentary, media campaigns, and narrative films. Her experiences range from serving as a public relations intern at CBS in undergrad to producing a Sundance premiered short film, as well as producing and directing a global media campaign for violence Prevention. Jamari graduated with an MFA in Film and Television Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2013 and is currently working as a freelance producer and director for television, live events, documentary, and features. Jamari is also developing and pitching digital content, episodics, and feature films with her production company Red Locust, Ent. Jamari lives by the quote that her father instilled in her as a child; “Great things can be slowed down but never stopped.”

Stephen Gong
Stephen Gong is the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media. Stephen has been associated with CAAM since its founding in 1980, and has served as Executive Director since 2006. His previous positions in arts administration include: Deputy Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley, Program Officer in the Media Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and Associate Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute. He has been a lecturer in the Asian American Studies program at UC Berkeley, where he developed and taught a course on the history of Asian American media. In addition to writing about film history, Gong has provided critical commentary on several DVD projects including the Treasures From American Archives, Vol 1 & 5 (National Film Preservation Foundation), Chan is Missing (dir. Wayne Wang), and is the featured historian in the documentary Hollywood Chinese (Dir. Arthur Dong). He is the Board Chair of the Center for Rural Strategies and serves on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Silent Film Society.

Rosana Sullivan
Rosana Sullivan joined Pixar Animation Studios in April 2011. She worked as a story artist on “The Good Dinosaur,” and the Academy Award®-winning feature film “Coco.” Sullivan also directed the SparkShorts film “Kitbull” that debuted in February 2019. As a story artist, Sullivan provides visual storytelling to a project’s script pages, utilizing compositional staging, environment, and character blocking. Each story board aims to maximize drama and entertainment, while making the story point clear as possible. Story artists have to draw characters acting, camera moves, and very limited effects animation to sell an idea or emotion. Prior to Pixar, Sullivan attended the University of San Francisco before earning an internship with Pixar University. She later attended Academy of Art University, and worked for Kabam gaming studio in San Francisco. Born in Charleston, SC, Sullivan grew up in Texas and San Francisco. She currently resides in Oakland, CA.