FTP – ‘Films 2 The People’ Short Film Festival: 7PM Friday May 29 at the Omni!

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Optik Allusions is so pleased to announce their very first Short Film Festival! Come discover our out-of-the-ordinary line up of intersectional short films from all over Oakland and all over the world!

The event will also be a fundraiser for our video collective to keep thriving: Optik Allusions provides equipment for video production and post production, organizes workshops… We share skills and resources to make films expressing points of view that are usually silenced, and tell stories that might otherwise remain untold. The fundraiser will also help pay our rent to a room dedicated to media post production.


Most of all, this event will be a way to connect with the greater community: YOU!

Please come hungry, because Sarah Bierman will be cooking her famous fried chicken plate with corn, and japaeno cabbage slaw. And her equally famous vegan gumbo!


Optik Allusions is a radical film & video collective dedicated to social change, based in Oakland, California. It will be at the Omni Commons at 4799 Shattuck Avenue at 7 PM on Friday, May 29th.  Suggested donation: $5-$15 sliding scale, but no one will be turned away.

We make media that challenge the dominant culture. We tell stories that otherwise might remain untold. We express our alternative views of the world, have fun doing it, and welcome everyone to do so, regardless of prior experience. We learn by doing. We share resources, skills and knowledge to support each other’s creative endeavours. We make films in a spirit of collaboration, inclusivity and solidarity, supply a lending library of film equipment for creative projects, organize free, at cost or donation-based workshops, and host film screenings. We also steward a room dedicated to media post-production at the Omni Commons. If you like to make videos and/or want to become a member, come to our Tuesday meetings at 7 pm! We’re open and happy to welcome new members.

To contact us, write to:


To know more about us, join our announce mailing list:


To become involved, come to our meetings on Tuesdays, 7 PM at the Omni Commons!

Sometimes, the meetings turn into creative workshops!

To follow what has been going on, read our meeting notes.

Our YouTube Channel is still a work in progress, but here are some of our video productions to this day:

Omni Crowdfunding Video

The Omni Commons in 30 seconds

Einstein for Mayor

Oakland stands in solidarity with Ferguson

No Beauty with an Absence of Color

The murder of Pedie Perez

We are also working on a documentary about gentrification in West Oakland, as well as collaborating with the Oscar Grant Committee to document the work they do. We are organizing a film festival at the end of May 2015. See here for info on submissions!


Suggested Admission: $5 to $15
No one turned away for lack of funds.FTP poster COLOR



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