Liberated Lens Collective

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Liberated Lens Collective is a community media project based in Oakland, California. We share resources, skills and knowledge to tell stories that might otherwise remain untold. We believe that story telling belongs to everyone. We do not depend on mainstream media or an expensive film school: we empower ourselves to make our own images!

We learn by doing. We teach eachother. We work horizontally, and operate by consensus. We make films in a spirit of collaboration, inclusivity and solidarity, maintain a film equipment library for creative projects, organize free, at cost or donation-based workshops, and host film screenings. We recently created the FTP, Films 2 The People Short Film Festival. If you like to make videos or want to become a member, come to our tuesday meetings at 7 pm! We're open and happy to welcome you, no matter your experience level.

To contact us, write to:

optikallusions@lists.riseup.net

To be updated about what we do, join our announce mailing list:

optikallusions.announce@lists.riseup.net

To become involved, come to our meetings on Tuesdays, 7pm at the Omni Commons!

Sometimes, the meetings turn into creative workshops!

To follow what has been going on, read our meeting notes.

Our YouTube Channel has our most recent videos to date, and here are our earlier video productions:

Omni Crowdfunding Video

The Omni Commons in 30 seconds

Einstein for Mayor

Oakland stands in solidarity with Ferguson

No Beauty with an Absence of Color

The murder of Pedie Perez

From the Holdout to Quilombo

We are currently working on a documentary about black farmers and food justice in the black community, as well as documenting gentrification in West Oakland.