Two Oakland artists take on a massive mural in the city's downtown, only to find themselves at the center of the debate over gentrification and cultural resiliency.
Spencer Wilkinson is an Oakland-based cinematographer and video editor. Spencer attended the University of California, Santa Cruz and studied Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis of visual media. He completed a year of study at the University of Ghana, Legon with fieldwork in northern Ghana documenting traditional music and dance. Spencer has directed award-winning documentary films, such as Ritmos dos Meninos (Brazil) and Pass Me the Map (Mexico and Central America).
For 12 years, he has taught media arts to young people and adults in communities throughout the Bay Area, including Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Gilroy and Watsonville. From 2009-2012, Spencer served as a Media Education and Operations Manager for a Santa Clara county non-profit television station, Community Media Access Partnership. In 2012, Spencer established a freelance video arts business, Endangered Ideas, where he currently shoots and edits music videos, commercials and short films in the Bay Area. He has worked with clients such as Sony Music and Motema Music along with non-profit organizations such as United Roots, Pacha’s Pajamas, Alliance for Climate Education and People’s Community Market. A portfolio of his work can be found at http://vimeo.com/endangeredideas.