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Takai Ginwright is a young and growing photographer and filmmaker.  He became interested in filmmaking at the age of 11 when he received his first point and shoot Nikon camera for Christmas.  Even with this small camera, he enjoyed making short “day in a life” films .  He is interested in media arts because it’s a excellent way to communicate great ideas. He really enjoys capturing urban and abstract landscapes. He likes taking these types of photos because, in his mind, they capture a lot of emotion and feeling.  His interest in urban settings is inspired by where he lives, the San Francisco Bay Area. Urban space provides both beautiful hardscapes and wonderful softscapes in parks, lakes and rivers. Takai also keeps a photography blog here.

Lily Yu ,16, is a sophomore at Skyline High School in Oakland. She moved to Oakland from China when she was 7. She joined The Factory in December of 2011 where she created a music video “Limitations” with Moria Moore. During the summer, Lily worked with KQED and attended AFI Silverdocs, where she spoke on the American Graduate panel. Additionally, she enjoys playing jazz and with her cats. Lily plans on going to college to pursue filmmaking and directing.

Owen Smith-Clark is 17 years old who resides in Oakland, California. He is currently enrolled as a senior year at Lick-Wilmerding High School and hopes to study film in college. Owen enjoys cinematography, particularly how the manipulation of framing and lighting can influence storytelling. Additionally, Owen designs and prints t-shirts with business partners, Eric Look and Ben Knobel, at their small clothing company, Colossal SF.