Reel Stories and East Bay Youth Programs Manager
Yasaman Ford is the Reel Stories and East Bay Youth Program Manager at BAVC Media. Yasaman supervises instructors and develops film classes, including classes that focus on gender-expansive people and young women aged 12-24. She develops the curriculum, coordinates the logistics, and recruits and supports guest instructors from around the film industry in translating their knowledge into curriculum for Master Classes.
Yasaman’s filmmaking journey started as a camper at the first Camp Reel Stories in 2013. After aging out of the program in 2016, she became the first camp alumni to transition to becoming a “Producer” where she oversaw a group of 6 campers creating their own film. Yasaman transferred from Berkeley City College to UCLA where she received her BA in Film and Television Production with an emphasis in Documentary and Digital Media. During her final quarter at UCLA, Yasaman began working as an Intern and instructor for Reel Stories. When Reel Stories and BAVC Media merged in 2021 she transitioned into her role as a Program Coordinator and Lead Instructor. Yasaman was able to teach students virtually from around the world during the pandemic, and was honored to represent Reel Stories and BAVC Media in person at the 2021 Cape Town International Film Festival in South Africa alongside Reel Stories Founder, Esther Pearl.
Outside of BAVC Media, Yasaman’s professional passions include Production Design and working as a freelance Motion Graphic artist. Yasaman’s personal projects revolve around environmental education and exploring her Iranian heritage with an intersectional feminist lens.