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TRAILHEAD is a documentary film project of OaklandTrails.org

Upcoming Public Screenings:

REI Berkeley
Thursday, June 16, 7:00–8:30pm
1338 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
Free screening + producer Q&A
Registration required. CLICK HERE.

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What people are saying about TRAILHEAD:

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

“TRAILHEAD is a tremendous tribute to the beauty of Oakland.”
BB Borowitz, Oakland resident

“WOW…an amazing video that will promote our park and our
outdoor culture for a long time to come.”

Emily Rosenberg, Chair, Friends of Joaquin Miller Park

“A complete triumph.”
Matthew Lonergan, Steering Committee Chairman, Oaktoberfest in the Dimond

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

ABOUT: This 20-minute film features Oakland’s largest wildland trail system that connects neighborhoods to redwood forests and more than 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 predawn in Oakland’s Dimond District, and concludes at sunset from a scenic, Joaquin Miller Park ridge overlooking downtown Oakland and San Francisco Bay.

Sausal Creek watershed map 2015
View a map of the featured trail system.

Summary of Production:

Intended for Oakland residents and visitors alike, this documentary explores the unique urban to rural trail system that connects Oakland neighborhoods 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:

  • 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:

TRAILHEAD was premiered at the Chabot Space & Science Center on October 7, 2015. The film was released online on April 18, 2016. Public screenings continue.

Past screenings and attendance:

10/07/2015: Chabot Space & Science Center World Premiere, 800+ (sell-out)
10/16/2015: New Parkway Theater, 85
11/04/2015: Oakland High School, 31
11/04/2015: Oakmore Homes Association, 56
11/08/2015: New Parkway Theater, 125 (sell-out)
11/18/2015: Independent Brewing Company, 100+
12/02/2015: Dimond Improvement Association, 50
12/14/2015: Oakland City Hall, 120
01/13/2016: St. Paul’s Towers, 50
01/21/2016: Sequoia Diner, 140
01/24/2016: Sunday Assembly at Oakland Peace Center, 60
01/25/2016: Chabot Space & Science Center (PPNA Annual Meeting), 160
01/27/2016: Urbano Cellars Winery, 35
02/01/2016: New Parkway Theater, 35
02/10/2016: Grand Lake Theater, 350
02/11/2016: Grand Lake Gardens, 45
02/25/2016: Octopus Literary Salon, 16
02/26/2016: Oakland Museum of California, 410
03/15/2016: EBRPD Volunteer Trail Safety Patrol, 45
03/20/2016: Albany Filmfest, 90
03/25/2016: City Commons Club, 40
03/31/2016: deFremery Recreation Center (OPR Foundation Annual Meeting), 95
04/04/2016: Berkeley High School, 35
04/17/2016: SF Green Film Festival, 105
04/23/2016: Ale Industries Taproom, 60
05/03/2016: Glenview Neighborhood Association, 42
05/11/2016: Oakland Main Library, 26
05/21/2016: Nature Friends Tourist Club, 15
05/24/2016: Friends of San Leandro Creek, 15

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, Volunteer

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. Stan continues to provide leadership for community involvement up and down the hill, including producing the TRAILHEAD documentary, offering free hiking 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.