The intention of the video program at United Roots is to teach youth how to make culturally relevant films that inspire people to take action about important issues in their communities. The video program focuses on a number of different film mediums, including multimedia journalism, documentary film making, video blogging and music video production. At United Roots we use an HD video camera to get the best quality possible and students learn to edit films using Adobe Premier and Final Cut software programs.

Video Production Program & Video Team

Video Production Program & Youth Video Internships

Learn how to make a video from start to finish; including creating a treatment and storyboard, video camera technique, film editing and on-line movie distribution. Video Production Interns work in direct collaboration with other media programs at United Roots.  The interns also work on multimedia journalism projects and short documentary films as part of collaboration with professional media companies.

Intern Lab-Time: Monday through Friday 12:00-8:00pm

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O-Zone “Deep East” Music Video
In collaboration with Oceanic Productions youth artists O-Zone, a youth staff United Roots, brought together young adults from the academy of the filming of this music video about “Deep” East Oakland.

Digital Storytelling Workshops

Dig This Story! Digital Storytelling Workshops

The Dig This Story Digital Storytelling Program gives participants an opportunity to produce a short movie illustrating their own story. Over two to four days, participants write a narrative of their story, record a voice-over, and weave images and photographs to create a personal story. The workshop includes technical training in computer movie editing software like Final Cut Express, Pro-Tools and Adobe Photoshop. At the completion of the program, we screen the pieces with each other and also with a broader audience in a community screening. The digital format keeps stories alive forever, enabling us to document our collective histories. A digital story can be shared over and over again, and can also be a catalyst to action by raising awareness for the public.

Class Times: Weekend Workshops TBA
Term: Quarterly

If you are interested in participating in a workshop or bringing Dig This Story to your community email:

Short Films & Journalism

Documentary and Multimedia Journalism Projects

There are a number of video projects produced at United Roots documenting things happening in the community and at the Center. In 2012 United Roots launched a multimedia journalism program offering classes in documentary film making. Good News Oakland, a partner of United Roots, offers ongoing classes to help youth create short films and video news reports. In 2013 and 2014 United Roots offered paid internships in multimedia journalism as part of the DetermiNation program. In 2015 United Roots will be working with youth journalists as part of the Youth Impact HUB initiative.

Intern Lab-Time: Monday through Friday 12:00-8:00pm

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Movies Made At United Roots

The following video documents the installation of solar power panels (donated by Sungevity) on our Center as part of an international workday to stop Climate Changte organized by on 10/10/10:

Short Film about Franceyez, a youth leader from United Roots, by the Conscious Youth Media Crew:

A film made by students from the Center about Food Justice in West Oakland:

Short Film about the Urban Healing Project happening at the Center:

Urban Healing Tour 2010 – Promotional Video #1 from casseah on Vimeo.

Trailer for the Urban Healing Tour:

Urban Healing Trailer (Revised) from casseah on Vimeo.