Open’hood is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 to use storytelling to create stronger, more active and more connected communities.What we do
We produce film, television and digital storytelling projects that explore large, complex social issues through intimate character-driven nonfiction narratives. Our current focus is on the myriad and interrelated communities of Oakland, CA as they relate to the broader national narrative.
Open’hood was founded to allow the voices of all people to inform vital conversations around the issues of our day like health care, criminal justice and education. Our approach is to use non-polemic storytelling to explore the vital yet under-funded public institutions that serve us all. We do this by focusing on the personal narrative, through both the production of long-form documentary films and also location-based storytelling initiatives that engage the community.
The Waiting Room is a critically acclaimed character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film – using a blend of cinema verité and characters’ voiceover – offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices. The film was named one of the top ten films of the year by the Washington Post in 2012 and shortlisted for an Academy Award.whatruwaitingfor.com
THE FORCE - winner of the prestigious Director’s Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival - presents a cinema verite look deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising following events in Ferguson, MO, and an explosive scandal. It is currently touring the country at film festivals and will be released theatrically this summer/fall. It will then air on PBS Independent Lens followed by release on Netflix.theforcefilm.com
The third film in the trilogy will delve into the realm of education, but from a unique point-of-view motivated by Open’hood’s mission to re-frame debates around issues that illicit passionate opinions and feelings.read more