Old Survivor

In the 1850's, fueled by the California Gold Rush, an ancient redwood forest was drastically logged to help build San Francisco. Yet one old tree was left behind.

This new documentary from Oakland Trails and Pinecone Pictures features “Old Survivor", the only remaining old-growth redwood in the East Bay hills, and tells the story of Oakland’s resilient, ecologically amazing, and now protected redwood forest.

Featuring Save the Redwoods League, the East Bay Regional Park District, and City of Oakland parklands, the film promotes outdoor recreation and open space networks, encourages stewardship, celebrates local history, and educates the viewer about redwood forest ecology.

  • Emily Fraser
    Co-Producer, Co-Director, Cinematographer
    Consider the Ant, Trailhead, Answering the Call, Of Cows and Men
  • Nicholas Berger
    Co-Producer, Co-Director, Cinematographer
    The Legend of Rosalie, Water and Dust, Nutkin's Last Stand, POV
  • Cheryl Ann Fulton
    The Harps in the Trees
  • Jonathan Clark
    Aerial Cinematography
  • Antosh Gazel
    Timelapse Photography
  • Ryan Malloy
  • Stan Dodson
    Executive Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    History, Conservation, Environmental Education
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 25, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Temescal Street Flicks
    Oakland, CA
    September 13, 2018
    Sneak Preview
  • The Battery
    San Francisco, CA
    September 19, 2018
    Private Screening
  • Chabot Space & Science Center
    Oakland, CA
    October 9, 2018
    World Premiere
  • The New Parkway Theater
    Oakland, CA
    October 14, 2018
  • The Octopus
    Oakland, CA
    October 18, 2018
Director Biography

Pinecone Pictures is a husband and wife filmmaking team based in Berkeley, CA. Alumni of the Documentary Film MFA program at Stanford University, Nicholas Berger and Emily Fraser share a passion for creative nonfiction storytelling. They employ a poetic visual style and narrative sense to create emotionally impactful documentaries and client work.

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