BAVC began when a group of media makers and activists met in January of 1976 to devise practical ways to encourage independent video-making in the Bay Area. With a small grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to conduct a needs assessment and feasibility study of the region’s media-making community, that small group spent the summer collecting information about what the region’s environment looked like for independent videomakers.

In 2016, the organization turned 40 years old and we decided to celebrate with a birthday party that included throwbacks to some of BAVC’s retro past.
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