Jay Gash | BAVC

Jay Gash

Jay Gash

Staff
Youth Programs Manager
Headshot, Jay Gash, BAVC Youth Programs Manager, Summer 2019. Jay wears a summery teal and white striped button down shirt, their long braided hair is half up, the rest falls down out of frame, silver earrings peek out. They smile generously a the camera.

Jay Gash

Staff
Youth Programs Manager

 

Jay Gash is a queer, African American filmmaker, 3rd generation photographer, creative, and educator born and raised in Oakland, CA. They received their B.A. in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and later trained at Berkeley City College, gaining experience as a producer, director, cinematographer, writer, sound recordist, production assistant, and editor thanks to a number of collaborative filmmaking opportunities they participated in. Jay's short films, which primarily focus on healing, self-care, and empowerment, have been featured in national and international film festivals including the Queer Women of Color Film Festival, Wicked Queer Boston LGBT Film Festival, Wotever DIY Film Festival, Brixton Reel Film Festival, and ClexaCon Film Festival. 

As BAVC's Youth Programs Manager, Jay creates opportunities for underserved youth in the Bay Area to learn about video production, music production, animation, game code design, and gain valuable skills to ready themselves for the professional media industry. Jay maintains partnerships between community-based organizations and companies, facilitates events and workshops, supports outreach and recruitment efforts, plans orientations and field trips, contributes to grant proposals, and more. Since starting at BAVC, Jay has been able to combine their passions - filmmaking, art, youth empowerment, education, and business - into fulfilling work. They hope to continue to support a legacy of voice and representation for people of color through storytelling in all forms.