I teach with the Digital Media Lab at the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, the oldest nonprofit working with artist with developmental disabilities. As part of my work, I had the honor to bring artist Susan Janow’s vision to life. With a crew of five, a green screen and some determination, we made this wonderful food world to put to the service of Merril and Nate’s unique musical talent.

Credits: directed by Susan Janow, produced by Helena Gonzalez and the Digital Media Lab, edited by Helena Gonzalez and Peter Woods, production assistants Megan Mirro, Sarah Zehr, Emily Rea and Josh Vidal.

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Fred Frith and Heike Liss conduct an experimental music and live drawing workshop with artists at Creative Growth Art Center.

Impromptu film and edit by Helena Gonzalez.

BAY RISING: A MODEL of resistance and Resilience

Bay Rising is the umbrella network for San Francisco Rising, Oakland Rising, and Silicon Valley Rising. These groundbreaking local formations link powerful community groups that are at the forefront of social justice movements in the region. Bay Rising’s member organizations fight for environmental justice, housing/renters’ rights, well-paying union jobs, public education, healthcare, public transit, safety, sanctuary, and more.

I had the pleasure to work as a director on set in this celebration of the organization’s history and successes. You can see te full video here.

Credits: Produced by Survival Media Agency team: Shadia Fayne Woods, Helena Gonzalez, April Martin, Erin Witson, Tarek Kandil.




This video is part of a campaign produced by The association to Save San Luis Obispo and Food and Water Watch to engage voters of San Luis Obispo to ban fracking.

Three other 30 second videos were broadcasted for nearly a month reaching thousands of viewers.

Credits: Produced by Food and Water Watch, directed and shot by Bunker Seyfert, edited by Helena Gonzalez.


I skate with Bay Area Derby. I’m also the director of Bay Area Derby TV, producing digital content for our marketing as well as oversee livestreaming at games.

With a budget of zero dollars and a lot of love for Roller Derby, I produced and directed this fun piece. This video is a two part ad for a tournament held at Bay Area Roller Derby territory.

Credits: directed by Helena Gonzalez, camera and photography by Jordan Jurich, edited by Gemma Estrella.

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This is an episode of a series currently still in production featuring Bay Area Derby’s skaters.

Bay Area Derby is a fully volunteer-driven, skater-owned-and operated organization that gives back to the community that has supported it since 2004. Their mission includes providing amateur athletic entertainment and playing roller derby competitively at all levels – local, regional, national, and international.

Credits: produced by Helena Gonzalez, camera, photography and direction by Jordan Jurich, edited by Gemma Estrella.

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Scott is a nomadic bookseller I met at Omni Commons, a community social center in Oakland, California. In 2014 he set up a temporary bookstore in a building scheduled to be razed for a condominium. Books for Days became a day-and-night gathering place for Temescal neighbors, students, and everyone. By promoting literacy and culture for all, Scott took a stand against the displacement and gentrification.

Credits: directed, produced, and edited by Helena Gonzalez.

COCO Capitán

I made this video about Coco Capitán, a Spanish fashion photographer. This piece allowed me to explore the technical and artistic possibilities of underwater cinematography. It is an excerpt from a larger film project about a sailing trip along the coast of Tramontana.

Credits: camera by Helena Gonzalez Martinez; edited by Jeroni Truyols.


This video introduces Kat Vang, a first-generation Hmong-American student, fighting food insecurity in the U.S. Kat’s research and activism is finding ways to connect low-income communities to healthy, locally sourced food through community-supported agriculture (CSA) and food assistance (EBT) programs. 

It was shot and edited in two days for the UC Davis World Food Day Video Challenge and won 2nd Place and Honorable Mention.

Credits: directed, produced, and edited by Helena Gonzalez.