The Film

A celebratory profile of a relatively unknown urban gem, this 20-minute film features Oakland’s largest wildland trail system that connects the heart of Oakland to redwood forests and over five hundred miles of trails that span the entire East Bay. Trail users, historians, creek restoration experts, local merchants, and park volunteers are among those interviewed during a typical park day that begins pre-dawn in Oakland’s Dimond District, and concludes at sunset from a scenic, Joaquin Miller Park ridge overlooking downtown Oakland and San Francisco Bay.

Featured Trail System – Dimond Park to the Bay Area Ridge Trail

Sausal Creek watershed map 2015
Summary of Production:

Intended for Oakland residents and visitors alike, this documentary explores the unique urban to rural trail system that connects multiple Oakland neighborhoods and business districts to the Bay Area Ridge Trail and beyond. The film highlights:

  • the history of Dimond Park, Dimond Canyon Park, and Joaquin Miller Park
  • the multiple uses of the trail system – hiking, mountain biking, dog walking, bird watching, picnicking, youth education, etc.
  • recent improvements to the trail system by volunteers working in collaboration with the City of Oakland
  • the accessibility of the trail system to Oakland neighborhoods and business districts

Interview Subjects Include:

  • Dennis Evanosky – Oakland historian, author, and publisher
  • Michelle Krieg – Restoration and Nursery Manager, Friends of Sausal Creek
  • Stan Dodson – Manager, La Farine Bakery in Dimond, trail volunteer
  • Jordan Brown – Group Leader, Brothers on the Rise
  • Emily Rosenberg – Chair, Friends of Joaquin Miller Park
  • Mike Udkow – President, Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay
  • Jim Townsend – Trails Development Manager, East Bay Regional Park District
  • Deidre Joyner – Realtor, Red Oak Realty

Distribution Plans:

This film will be distributed primarily online, with the potential for film festival exposure regionally and nationally. Local distribution outlets may include:

Our Fundraising Goal

redwood glenOur budget goal to produce and promote this film is $30,000. Because we want it to reach as many Oaklanders and potential visitors as possible – and every Oakland student – our fundraising effort will continue. Your on-going support will help us reach a wider audience.

Would you like to invite Stan to connect with your group? Please contact him, here.

Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation is TRAILHEAD’s 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Donations are tax deductible. Tax ID# 94-2751052

Production Team

Emily 2014Emily Fraser Co-Director/Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

Emily Fraser is a San Francisco Bay Area documentary filmmaker committed to finding poetry in the everyday while provoking discussion around pressing social and environmental issues. Her work has been shown around the country and the globe, with screenings at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Doc NYC, Columbus International Film + Video Festival, the University Film and Video Association Conference, the Water Environment Federation, and the Pacific Film Archive, among others. Emily has served as a filmmaker for the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Revs Program at Stanford, and the Boy Scouts of America, and as the coordinator of the Stanford Environmental Humanities Project’s annual environmental film series. In a previous life, she worked as an environmental consultant, focusing on projects in conservation, resource management, and alternative energy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and art/architecture from the College of William and Mary and an M.F.A in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University. Emily lives and works in Oakland, CA as an independent filmmaker and is in development on her next documentary project, “Ghost Town.”

HenryWienerHeadshot-590x786Henry Wiener Co-Director/Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

Henry Wiener, born and raised in Jackson, MS, received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, majoring in American Military History. After living and working in New York City for 5 years, Henry completed his MFA in Documentary Film at Stanford University in 2014. His films cover an eclectic group of subjects: Bay Area gun rights activists, a 21 year old female NASCAR driver, a Minor League baseball churro vendor, and a traveling Rabbi. All of these films tell stories of people who pursue life with special passion and energy, across a spectrum of American culture. Henry currently lives and works in Oakland, CA as an independent filmmaker.

cropped profileStan DodsonExecutive Producer, Volunteer

Stan Dodson, manager of La Farine Bakery in the Dimond District, and past board member of the Dimond Improvement Association and Friends of Joaquin Miller Park, has worked as a volunteer to promote and maintain the trail system that connects Dimond Park to the Bay Area Ridge Trail since 2008. Through his community involvement up and down the hill, Stan continues to reach out to gain support for this project from the many stakeholders, including residents, merchants, non-profit organizations, city staff, and elected officials. With the accomplished film team that he’s assembled, Stan aims to produce an informative and beautiful HD documentary that will further his goals of promoting the parks, inspiring volunteerism, and shining a bright light on the City of Oakland.