Thank you for visiting OaklandTrails.org – We are an all-volunteer organization with the mission to promote, maintain, and enhance Oakland’s wildland parks and trails.

* All donations in October will help us fund 200 copies of TRAILHEAD
for Bay Area schools, libraries, and rec centers ($1,200 goal) *

While we have many active programs, TRAILHEAD is our biggest project to date. Screened in more than 40 venues throughout the Bay Area and now available for streaming (below), our 20-minute documentary showcases Oakland’s largest wildland trail system, inspiring outdoor recreation, education, and stewardship. We hope you’ll watch it, love it, and share it, then explore this website to learn about all of our work in Oakland’s wildland parks.

See you on the trails,

Stan Dodson
Executive Director & Founder

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TRAILHEAD is a documentary film project of OaklandTrails.org


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What people are saying about TRAILHEAD:

“It’s spectacular.”
Chip Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

“An inspirational and beautifully filmed documentary.”
Carolyn Jones, East Bay Regional Park District

“This film showcases our city in a whole new way.”
Ken Lupoff, Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation

“It left us both swelled with pride.”
Bryan Beyer, Oakland resident

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.” http://emilyelizabethfilms.com/

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. http://henrywiener.com

cropped profileStan DodsonExecutive Producer

Stan Dodson, manager of La Farine Bakery in Oakland’s Dimond District, and past board member of the Dimond Improvement Association and Friends of Joaquin Miller Park, has worked as a volunteer to promote, maintain, and enhance the trail system that connects Dimond Park to the Bay Area Ridge Trail since 2008. As founder and executive director of OaklandTrails.org, Stan continues to provide leadership for community involvement up and down the hill, including producing the TRAILHEAD documentary, co-founding Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol, offering free hiking and mountain biking tours, and leading ongoing trail maintenance and enhancement projects in Oakland’s wildland parks. Through these efforts, Stan strives to inspire outdoor recreation and park stewardship while shining a bright light on the City of Oakland.

Thank you to our film sponsors!

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And a special thank you to

Oakland Vice Mayor

Annie Campbell Washington

& Glynn Washington

and the following generous supporters:

Montclair Village Association

Glenview Neighborhood Association

Friends of Sausal Creek

The Design Office | Ron Rifkin

Bellanico | restaurant and wine bar

Stephen Teixera Photography

East Bay Hills Trails Benefit

Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Assoc.

Howard Neal & Associates Attorneys

Dimond Tax Services | Paul Thode

Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay

Council Member Noel Gallo & Family

Farmer Joe’s Marketplace

Bay Alarm Company

The New Parkway Theater

Paws & Claws | A Natural Pet Food Store & Grooming Spa

All Eyes on Me | Aaron Thornton, OD

Savemore Market & Liquor

The Growlers’ Arms

Wine on Piedmont

Limousine Service in Oakland

Copy USA

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Karen Long, Cathy Barale & Eric Lindquist, Russell & Lisa Yee,
Larry Riggs, Carrie Campbell, Hank Phillips,
Karen Marie Schroeder, Gary McCormick, Chuck & Laura Escover,
Eric, Kim, Noah & Cassie Baird, Carolyn Devol, Carl Kohnert,
Loretta Quan, Alan & Barbara Goldenberg,
John, Marty, Lauren, & Erin Dodson, Doug Wong,
Allyson Hance, Paula Kimbro, Kathleen Russell,
James Baack, Pete Barnett, Matthew & Carol Lonergan,
Marysue Fisher, Carol Heard, John Olson, Carol Hazenfield,
Jeff Wilbur, Alton Jelks Jr., Scott & Kimra McAfee, Reesa Tansey,
Steve & Marie Munson, Sandra Venning, Patricia Barale,
Heidi Williams, Richard Cowan & Kathleen Collins, Bob Werner,
Birute Skurdenis, Phil & Kathy Caskey, Greg Lassonde,
Stephen Foster, Trish Powell, Leslie Ann Jones, Marion Mills,
Tom Rose & Suzanne Knott, Colleen Johnson, Marcia Henry,
Mike Udkow, Margaret Langston, Helene Byrne,
Alisa Schulman & Scot Sowder, Jennifer Bellenger,
Francesca Kuglen, Gail Wallace, Kevin Smith, R. Jacobs, LMFT,
Sam Kaufman, Amy Lester, Laine Farley, Joni Anderson,
Laurie Umeh, Scott Yundt, Saara Robles, Curtis Doughty,
John Eckhouse, Robert Terra, Dick & Nancy Kolbert,
Gisela Merker & Marilyn Miller, Charlotte Hennessy, Erik Zapien,
Marleen Sacks, Gary Larson & Helen Bell, Jessica Kim,
Antosh Gazel & Barbara Hui, Zee Wong, Mike Sherwood & Kathy Keeran,
Jean Krieg, Mary Baron, Pamela Eguchi, Caren Roddy,
Ana Rauch, Jack Stephens & Julie Jones, Gen Katz,
Marjie Rhoades, Jack Krasner, Katherine Kott, Michael J. Clark,
BB Borowitz, Irene Kane, Tom Branca, David Fore,
Andrew Aldrich, Manuel Alonso, Janice Stamos,
Mark Rauzon, Robert Finkel, Sandra Downey, Decky Thornton,
Chris & Debra Harper