Up Next: 3rd Annual “Behind the Pixar Screen” (Friday, Mar. 7, 2014)

March 7, 2014
7:00 pmto11:00 pm

For the 3rd year in a row, The Great Wall will present a curated screening of the personal works of Pixar Animation Studio employees on the 100’x100’ urban canvas. This very unique glimpse into the creative minds of our talented Emeryville neighbors is the only public screening of it’s kind, giving Bay Area residents a rare opportunity to view the short films that Pixar employees create in their spare time when they are not working on major blockbusters.


This free event is made possible by a collaboration between the two East Bay organizations.

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Calling All Bay Area Youth Filmmakers: Bay Flicks Film Fest!

January 31, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

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The first ever large-scale film festival just for Bay Area Youth, BAY FLICKS, will be screened the Great Wall of Oakland on Jan. 31, 201 beginning at 7pm.

Over 50 students from across the Bay Area submitted short films to be juried in this festival, and the top three of each category will be shown on the 100′ Great Wall. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see the very best films being created by talented youth.

More Information: hello@greatwallofoakland.org

Co-Sponsors: OSA Digital Media and the Great Wall of Oakland

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2nd Annual “Home for the Holidays”: Nov. 29th & Dec. 6!

November 29, 2013
6:00 pmto10:00 pm
December 6, 2013
6:00 pmto10:00 pm

We’re presenting the 2nd Annual “Home for the Holidays” celebration on the Great Wall on two nights this year – Plaid Friday and the December Oakland Art Murmur. The smorgasbord of events include:

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- The lighting of a very special Oakland Tree!

-An interactive installation, “Not Too Public,” so you can send real-time messages to the 100′ Wall

- Holiday Wishes and Greetings from your Oakland neighbors

- Beautiful art videos

- And….aerial dance performances by Bandaloop at 7 and 8pm!

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Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the holidays with Oakland!

Special thanks to the Lake Merritt Uptown District Association for their support this project and of Oakland!

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Hey, Oakland! Want to see YOUR FACE on the Great Wall?

October 24, 2013 10:00 pmtoNovember 22, 2013 5:00 pm

Or, share a holiday message with Oakland? Now is your chance! The Great Wall is accepting photos, short videos and short text wishes from the Oakland public, and we want to hear from you!


All you need to do is email us (hello@greatwallofoakland.org) one of the following by Nov. 22:

- A video of you or your friends sharing a wish for the holidays (1 minute or less; iPhone quality is fine)

- A photo of you or your family or your pet or…(higher resolution the better but we can accept almost anything)

- A holiday card with a photo (higher resolution the better but we can accept almost anything)

- A short wish for Oakland in 2014 (30 words or less)

If you can email it, we can accept it! Dropbox is fine too.

Email all submissions to hello@greatwallofoakland.org and include your name and Oakland Neighborhood.



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Special Event: 6th International Body Music Festival featuring Bandaloop

November 5, 2013
12:30 amto9:30 pm
Join the Wall’s resident aerial dance troupe, Bandaloop, for a FREE performance of body music. The International Body Music Festival  returns to the Bay Area with programming, featuring a host of Bay Area artists alongside Body Musicians from across the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey, the Canary Islands, Israel and Canada.
What is Body Music ?
Clapping, snapping, stepping and vocalizing – it is music you can see, dance you can hear. Ancient forms of embodied knowledge, the various Body Musics of the world contain kinesthetic “libraries” of memories and cultural heritage, and are incredibly fun to watch and participate in. In concert, the International Body Music artists engage viscerally with audience of all ages.
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Next Up: 3rd Annual “About Oakland, By Oakland”; Fri. Nov. 1, 2013

November 1, 2013
6:30 pmto11:00 pm

images-1For the third year in a row, the Great Wall presents”About Oakland, By Oakland,” a juried screening of the best short films made my our talented neighbors. Here are the finalists:

Kate Klingbeil – “Osaka”
Nicholas Carter – “Fos”
Jason Jakaitis – “Limitations”
Trevor Parham – “Town Business: Gregorio de Masi”
Chaz Hubbard – “Artist Creates Exhibit In The Midst Of Public Housing Demolition”
aaron de la cruz – “west oakland”
Jason Jakaitis – “Stay the Course”
Kevin Kunze – “Electric Sleep”
Gwendoline Pouchoulin – “Squares versus Circles”
Kit Young – “Gater-E-Later”
Tristan Evans – “Suffused”

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Calling All Oakland-Based Filmmakers: 3rd Annual “About Oakland, By Oakland”


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All short filmmakers and video artists living or working in Oakland are highly encouraged to submit a recent short film (under 7 min.) to the 3rd Annual “About Oakland, By Oakland” screening on the Great Wall of Oakland!  The goal is to screen as many local artists’ works as possible, reflecting the incredible diversity of our city.

Submissions are now closed.

What We Are Looking For: Dynamic, short films or video pieces (moving imagery only) from the talented artists living or working in Oakland. The subject of the film does not need to be specifically about the city, but it can be – we’re interested in what our artists are creating, observing, thinking and saying through stunning moving imagery.

Film / Video Specs: All submissions must be under 7 minutes in length, contain moving imagery (no still image slideshows) and be appropriate for all ages (no overt sexual or violent content, no political propaganda, no advertising, or no derogatory images / words).

Deadline: Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5pm PST

Show Date: November 1, 2013 from 7-11pm on the Great Wall of Oakland

More Information: Email us at hello@greatwallofoakland.com

We look forward to reviewing the short films of the talented Oakland-based artists!




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Next Up: Outer Space with Chabot Space and Science Center (Fri., Oct. 4, 2013)

October 4, 2013
7:00 pmto11:00 pm

For the October first Friday, the Great Wall, in collaboration with Chabot Space and Science Center, is bringing you the most exciting videos of Outer Space ever created. It will be like a visit to Chabot’s planetarium, but outdoors on a 100×100′ urban canvas. images

Come be mesmerized!

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Up Next: “OMCA Connect on the Great Wall” – Fri. Sept. 6, 2013

September 6, 2013
4:00 pmto11:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to see your art on the 100′ urban canvas that is the Great Wall of Oakland? Now is your chance!


The Great Wall has partnered with the Oakland Museum of California with generous support from the Black Rock Arts Foundation to bring you the Oakland Rover, a tricked out mobile museum complete with all the technology needed to create your very own stop-motion animation.

From 4-7pm, the public is invited to learn about stop-motion while creating one their own by coming to the Rover, parked on W. Grand and Valley, below the Great Wall.  No experience in animation or any serious technical skills are needed to participated in this amazingly creative and FREE opportunity available for all ages!


Beginning at 8pm, all of these animations will be projected onto the Great Wall during Oakland’s Art Murmur.

Not sure what stop-motion animation is? Check this out.

Don’t miss this freakishly cool opportunity to create public art in Oakland! Be there.


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Fall 2013 Programming Schedule Coming Soon!

You may have noticed that the Great Wall of Oakland has been a little quiet since the OakCatVidFest benefiting the East Bay SPCA May 11, 2013 when we projected 70-minutes of cats the size of Godzilla onto the Wall.Screen shot 2013-06-19 at 11.30.39 AM We’d like to thank everyone who came, all of our community partners and sponsors, especially Pet Food Express and the Save A Kitten Fundraiser, who not only made the event possible but helped save the lives of thousands of pre-weaned kittens. More information on OakCatVidFest 2013 can be found here.

Now that it’s summertime and the days are long, the Great Wall of Oakland is taking a break until Fall. We’ll announce the upcoming programming schedule very soon. Stay tuned….

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