Spencer Wilkinson

Spencer Wilkinson

Documentary filmmaker and Director of Just Free

After a decade working with gang-involved and homeless youth, Spencer Wilkinson founded Endangered Ideas, an award-winning documentary production company in Oakland that focuses on stories of resilience. In 2021, Spencer directed the short film, "Oakland Boogaloo" co-produced by KQED in which he was awarded a regional Emmy award in 2022 and an Excellence in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Spencer directed and produced “Alice Street (2020),” a documentary depicting the struggle to preserve Oakland’s cultural communities amid rapid gentrifications. The film garnered several awards and was selected by 35 international film festivals. Spencer produced Alice Street impact campaigns in 14 California communities (2021) and over 30 cities nationally in 2022-23. In 2018, Spencer directed the feature-length “ONE VOICE: The Story of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir” which premiered at Mill Valley Film Festival and was a 2019 East Bay Express “Best Movie of the East Bay.” The film was featured in the 2020 “Truly CA” season on PBS.

Reentry Conference Event Page

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
HALL C | St. Mary's Cathedral - Event Center

JUST FREE: System Impacted Youth Surviving San Francisco

Krista DeNio
Associate Director of Arts and Education, Larkin Street Academy, Larkin Street Youth Services


Mayela Hidalgo
Youth artist and central storyteller
Cici Gaven
Youth artist and participant filmmaker
Gabriel Singer C.H.W.C.
Program Manager of HSRC/Outreach Larkin Street Youth Services
Jane Fa'alatina
Case Manager, Young Adult Court; film participant
Spencer Wilkinson
Recovery Advocate and Founder Pacific Alliance for Prevention and Recovery


Larkin Street Youth Service's Art Program in collaboration with Felton Institute and the Young Adult Court worked with Filmmaker Spencer Wilkinson and systems impacted young adults to co-create a documentary short. The film features young adults and adults, who share their personal journeys of navigating the criminal Justice System. The film addresses the many barriers young people are facing in San Francisco, as one of the most vulnerable populations in the city and includes events surrounding the murder of a young trans youth Banko Brown, which occurred during the project filming. The film screening will be followed by a Panel Discussion, moderated by Krista DeNio, Associate Director of Arts and Education, Larkin Street Youth Services and film producer.