Tree Ring Film Fund
These San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits are affecting huge positive change on very small budgets. A well produced video will help them to share their story, extend their reach, and achieve their goals; however, the cost of a professionally produced video is often inaccessible to small organizations. To change this, Tree Ring Productions is launching the first Tree Ring Film Fund, a way for all of us to pitch in and fund ten videos for ten Bay Area changemakers.
Meet the Tree Ring Changemakers
- 350 Bay Area - Stop Fracking
- Bay Localize
- Community Living Campaign
- Just One Tree
- Local Clean Energy Allicance
- Pathways to Resilience
- Shaping San Francisco
- Transition US
Each organization has met the following Tree Ring Film Fund criteria:
- Based in the San Francisco Bay Area
- Is a for public benefit organization
- Has 5 or fewer full time staff members
- Has a project goal that a video will help them to achieve
- Alignment with Tree Ring's social and environmental values
To learn more about these organizations, check out the Tree Ring Changemaker page.
What We Need & What You Get
Your contribution will make it possible for:
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Chris Carlsson & Lisaruth Elliott from Shaping San Francisco
About Tree Ring ProductionsTree Ring Productions is a social enterprise committed to telling the stories of courageous people and organizations that are challenging the status quo and helping to make a positive difference in the world. We know the power of filmmaking to amplify a message and to extend reach. We want to use our skills to create compelling videos with a positive impact. Tree Ring Productions was founded in the Fall of 2012 by Beverly Markiewicz. Beverly cares deeply about social and environmental issues and sees filmmaking as a way to engage and collaborate with others to inspire positive action.
Photo (left to right): Jenny McAllister, Reuben Maness, Beverly Markiewicz
- These 10 videos will be produced by Bay Area filmmakers Reuben Maness, Jenny McAllister, and Beverly Markiewicz
- Together, they have over 30 years of film and media experience
- Reuben Maness is a producer, writer, videographer, and musician. He has 15 years experience creating stories that capture and delight for television and video. As a producer for CBS television in San Francisco, Reuben produced stories about people, places, and travel for the program “Eye on the Bay.” This and other jobs have taken him to the tops of Alaskan glaciers, to the triple-digit depths of Death Valley, to Peru, the Bahamas, and countless locations in between. For several years, Reuben has freelanced as a “one man production company,” able to produce, shoot, edit, write, and score (sometimes all at once), creating killer videos for companies like Control4, Roku, TiVo, and Best Buddies International. When he’s not working, Reuben can be found playing a battered but beloved upright piano in his living room in North Oakland.
- Jenny McAllister is an emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker with more than 10 years of experience producing programming for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and PBS. Her work has lead her to Siberia, Abu Dhabi and most recently China’s yellow mountains. But no matter where work takes her, her number one passion is great storytelling. Jenny believes a great story can change the world, and it was this belief that lead her to take a role as Video Manager for Kiva Microfunds, the world’s first and largest microfinance lending platform. While there, she created videos telling the inspiring stories of the people behind the loans. Jenny lives in San Francisco with her husband and her newest production – her daughter, Mae.
- Beverly Markiewicz is a filmmaker with a passion for planting trees. In 2012, Beverly founded Tree Ring Productions in order to share stories of positive growth and change in our community and to honor each project with a tree planted near or far. Prior to Tree Ring Productions, Beverly spent sixteen years designing education programs and classes helping organizations to embrace new technology. Beverly has a B.S. in Marketing from Virginia Tech and studied documentary filmmaking at San Francisco School of Digital Film, San Francisco Film Society, and Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC). In 2009, Beverly completed the Permaculture Design Certification Course through the Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco and notes this program as a significant turning point for integrating her passion for earth care, social justice, and sustainable livelihood. Beverly is currently growing kale and cabbage in a little patch of grass in Potrero Hill.
Planting Trees One Story at a Time
For each video project we complete, a tree is planted and cared for in a California school orchard. To plant the trees, we partner with Ukiah-based nonprofit, Common Vision. Upon successful funding of this campaign, 10 trees will be planted and cared for in California school orchards.
Comice Pear planted in September 2013 to honor Lisaruth's Lovin' from the Oven Video