Our upcoming documentary film will highlight “Old Survivor”, the East Bay’s only remaining old-growth redwood, and tell the story of Oakland’s resilient, ecologically-amazing, and now-protected redwood forest.

Featuring Save the Redwoods League, City of Oakland Parks, and the East Bay Regional Park District, the film will promote outdoor recreation and open space networks, encourage stewardship, celebrate local history, and educate the viewer about forest ecology, connecting people to the redwoods in their own backyard.

Oakland Trails is working with filmmaker Emily Fraser, who co-produced our previous film, Trailhead (2015). Runtime is anticipated to be 20 minutes.

The World Premiere will be a free event for Oakland Trails members and special guests (sign up here for free), and will simultaneously serve as Save the Redwood League’s Centennial Celebration in Oakland. Anticipated to be held at the Chabot Space & Science Center’s Megadome Theater on the evening of Tuesday, October 9, 2018, partners and community groups will be invited to table at the reception in the rotunda. We expect 1,000+ attendees over the course of the evening.

In the Press! From the East Bay Times:
“New documentary highlighting Oakland’s majestic redwoods underway”

Corporate sponsorships are still available.

Join Save the Redwoods League, the East Regional Park District, and the Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation in supporting our celebration of the East Bay redwoods.

As of June, 2018, we’ve reached $39,500 of our $50,000 goal.

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Film Interviewees

  • Sam Hodder, President and CEO, Save the Redwoods League
  • Emily Burns, Director of Science, Save the Redwoods League
  • Robert E. Doyle, General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District
  • Nicholas Williams, Director, Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development
  • Jason Mitchell, Director, Oakland Public Works
  • Stan Dodson, Co-founder and Director, Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol


December, 2017–March, 2018: Fundraising; Capture drone footage; Pre-production

March, 2018: Filming over 7 days

April, 2018–June, 2018: Film editing; B-roll; Archives

October 9, 2018: Premiere Event