The latest production from Students of the World, “16th Street,” will premiere this Saturday, January 25th on pivot, a new television network from Participant Media. “16th Street” is a 3-part content series sponsored by Hyundai that celebrates the creative process by bringing together emerging filmmakers, a dancer and a musician to create a film in Oakland’s historic 16th Street Station.
The first episode “Creative Process,” was shot by SOW’s UC Berkeley student filmmakers Andrew Balcof, Brett Tanonaka, Marc Estrada and Tobias Deml, and explores the power of collaboration as the artists work together to develop and choreograph the film. The second episode, “Making Of: 16th Street” takes us behind the scenes on the set of the production. The series culminates with the short film “16th Street” created by SOW emerging filmmakers Brennan King, Melinda James and Zack Sainz. The project stars dancer & choreographer Malia Jones, alongside Soulection music producer Matthew “Insightful” Suggett.
SOW is dedicated to supporting the next generation of media makers through unique professional development opportunities. More than 25 SOW university students and emerging filmmakers worked on the “16th Street” project. For Oakland-based DP Melinda James, the project was the largest she’s ever worked on: “I learned an incredible amount of new skills, had the opportunity to work alongside established creatives, and be a part of a unique, collaborative process,” said James.
The “16th Street” series will air on pivot Saturdays @ 10pm EST / 7pm PST from 1/25- 3/1. Find out how you can watch pivot at getpivot.tv. You can also find the videos online at youtube.com/pivottvnetwork, starting this Sunday, 1/26.
Thank you to pivot and Hyundai for believing in the project, and for supporting emerging filmmakers in the San Francisco Bay Area!