Oakland native Erinn Anova stars as the siren who guides a weary traveler to Oakland's beauty.
Oakland filmmaker Mateen Kemet has a lovely vision of Oakland - and he plans to share it with everyone who passes by the 25-foot media wall in the Southwest Airlines baggage claim at Oakland International Airport.
Three years ago Kemet received seed money from the Port of Oakland for a short film, "Oakland B Mine." Here's the story, and how you can help support the completion of this public art project.
The story of this 30-minute film
"A weary traveler arrives in Oakland and sees the woman of his dreams, who then siren-like takes him and the viewer on a flirtatious cat-and-mouse game throughout the city - showing us all the highlights of Oakland's diverse people, topography, architecture and culture."
In 2006, Kemet responded to a call for artists from the Port of Oakland. He ended up winning a $20,000 grant to finance "Oakland B Mine" and began production. The film stars East Oakland-based actor Anthony Haynes as the "weary traveler" and Oakland native Erinn Anova as the "woman of his dreams."
Here's the film trailer:
"This piece is set up to create a different perspective about Oakland," according to Kemet. "Oakland is many things, but most people only know the 10 o'clock news side of Oakland. Those of us who are intimate with this city know it's so much more.
"Oakland is most diverse city in U.S. - people here speak more than 100 languages! It's also one of the most walkable cities in the U.S. and it's green! Not just green tech, but physically green. There's a Redwood forest right in the smack of Oakland! You can't say that of many cities."
Filmmaking costs a lot of money and takes a lot of time. So now Kemet is seeking an additional $15,000 to complete this project. He's put a public pitch for Oakland B Mine up on the crowd-funding site IndieGoGo.
In this video, Kemet explains how he wants to portray the Oakland's beauty and how his fundraising effort works:
How to donate: Go to the IndieGogo page for Oakland B Mine, log in and donate any amount via credit card. This campaign ends Dec. 31.
Donations of any size are welcome. They are partially tax deductible and they come with fun perks. Some examples:
Full list of perks (there are lots more, it's fun reading) on the Contribute to Oakland B Mine page.
Once completed, the full 30-minute film will be shown at the Oakland Airport media wall for 18-24 months, Kemet said. Afterward he plans to screen it at film festivals and other national and global venues.
Learn more about this film, Kemet's other projects and further fundraising efforts at RunawayFilmworx.com.