Who we are

Open’hood is a 501(c) non-profit organization founded in 2009 to use storytelling to create stronger, more active and more connected communities.

What we do

We produce film, television and digital storytelling projects that explore large, complex social issues through intimate character-driven nonfiction narratives. Our current focus is on the myriad and interrelated communities of Oakland, CA as they relate to the broader national narrative.

Our mission

Open’hood was founded to allow the voices of all people to inform vital conversations around the issues of our day like health care, criminal justice and education. Our approach is to use non-polemic storytelling to explore the vital yet under-funded public institutions that serve us all. We do this by focusing on the personal narrative, through both the production of long-form documentary films and also location-based storytelling initiatives that engage the community.

Core Values

Open’hood was founded on the principle that the exchange of personal narrative is vital to a healthy community.

  • We believe non-polemic storytelling builds pathways of empathy across competing groups who may disagree.

  • We believe in the power of open expression and transparency in our public institutions.

  • We believe all voices matter, especially those that are not typically heard.

Nonprofit information

Open’hood, Inc. 501(c)3
1904 Franklin Street
Suite 800
Oakland, CA 94612
Guidestar Listing

Federal EIN# 26-4312908

Executive Director
Peter Nicks

current funders

  • Independent Television Service
  • The MacArthur Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • The Fledgling Fund
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • The San Francisco Film Society
  • The California Council for the Humanities
  • The East Bay Community Foundation
  • Pacific Pioneer Fund
  • The Tides Foundation