May 2021

A handpicked selection of award-winning Bay Area films that reflect the diversity of stories and storytellers in our community. The event will also include Q&As with filmmakers from all six films

MAY 20, 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM


Celebrating the Bay Area's vibrant film community through quarterly screenings and Q&A's with Bay based filmmakers.

BAY MADE was born out of necessity. The necessity to connect and celebrate with the Bay Area film community after months of isolation. With production stalled and the joys of life on set with our people stripped from us, we watched films....lots of them. We were reminded that although we are on pause, we are still very much in a golden era of film in the Bay Area. From Indie darlings, scores of emerging filmmakers, and some of the best crews on the globe, the film scene here in the Bay is creating genre-bending and socially conscious film that's pushing the greater industry forward. BAY MADE exists to celebrate that ethos and the films and filmmakers making it happen.

BAY MADE has had four successful showings with talented filmmakers, and we're excited to bring you a fifth this May. Stay tuned to see what else we have planned for 2021.

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The Filmmakers 

MAY 20TH, 2021 EVENT


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the program

MAY 20TH, 2021 EVENT
7:00 - 7:15PM
Introductory Remarks
7:15 - 7:25PM
FILM #1: "Inheritance," directed by Essi Westerman
FILM #2: "Goat Rock," directed by Sean Pettis
7:25 - 7:40PM
Q&A with directors Essi Westerman and Sean Pettis
7:40 - 8:10PM
FILM #3: "Prittyboi," directed by Nicolas Collins
FILM #4: "Days," directed by Patrick Sean Gibson
8:10 - 8:25PM
Q&A with directors Nicolas Collins and Patrick Sean Gibson
8:25 - 8:55PM
FILM #5: "The Clinic," directed by Elivia Shaw
FILM #6: "When I Write It," directed by Nico Opper & Shannon St. Aubin
8:45 - 9:00PM
Q&A with directors Elivia Shaw and Shannon St. Aubin
followed by Closing Remarks

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Co-Founder and Organizer


Co-Founder and Organizer

Brenton Gieser is a filmmaker originating from Half Moon Bay, California. He is the Co-Founder of LvL Films, a production company based in San Francisco exploring stories that cut to the core of our humanity. He approaches his work as a personal mandate to help raise questions about social and economic injustice with a desire to move us towards deeper community understanding and social equity.

Katherine Tolentino is a mixed-race filmmaker from the San Francisco Bay Area. As a hybrid of several different cultures, she aims to make films that break down reductive stereotypes and spotlight the things we all have in common. To that end, she founded BorderWoman Pictures, a production company focused on narrative storytelling from underrepresented voices. 



Head of Technology 


Head of Publicity

Brendan splits his time between working at a mom and pop industrial software shop and being a cluster of sentient squirrels in a suit. He has not seen any of the movies you ask him about, but will absolutely talk your ear off about board game design.

Alyssa is a recent college graduate who had to sit through Citizen Kane 7 times within the span of 4 years for coursework. She hopes to one day work as a screenwriter, bringing more visibility to mental health and intersectional feminism on screen. As a way to unwind, she plays the bass for her number one fan, her cat, Ady.