Optik Allusions

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FTP: Films 2 The People
News from our 2015 Short Film Festival!

Optik Allusions is a community media project based in Oakland, California. We share resources, skills and knowledge to tell stories that might otherwise remain untold.

We learn by doing. We teach eachother. 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. 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:


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


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 is still a WIP, but here are some of our video productions to this day:

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

We are also working on a documentary about gentrification in West Oakland, as well as collaborating with the Oscar Grant Committee to document the work they do.