Bonita Tindle’s “Dancing Robots” finalist in Bay Area video contest

by Pamela Tapia

Bonita Tindle,  a senior at McClymonds High School and a writer, Twitter novelist, musician and filmmaker, was selected as one of ten  finalists in a Bay Area competition for her video “Dancing Robots.”

The video will be shown May 12 at 6:30 pm as part of Alternatives in Action’s 7th annual, a one-of-a-kind youth film festival at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex.

“It deals with a lonely workaholic who finds happiness at work by spending a day with his doppelganger,” says Tindlee. ” Happiness is represented by the red ribbon shown in the film. ”

Tindle worked in collaboration with two students from McClymonds, seniors Marwaun Brooks and Myquan Brooks, and Fifer Garbesi, a junior at Berkeley High. This was her second major film. She’s now working on her first independent film about a frustrated artist. Her last film focused on truants in San Francisco,

Co-Presented by Comcast and East Bay ROP and sponsored by HBO, Project YouthView showcases youth-created film shorts from across the Bay Area. Each finalist wins prizes and two are selected to win $500 awards.

Tindle’s fanciful video follows a man’s dreary, robotic routine at work. All that changes when the man meets a man who plays music in the elevator and then exits on a floor where everyone is happy, lively and dancing to the beat of music. The man then brings back music to his work environment, pinning a magical pin on a co-worker.

The ten selected youth-created films were chosen through a competitive process by industry and community judges from over 50 pieces submitted by youth throughout the Bay Area. These shorts focus on topics from youth culture and street dance and the Edible School Yard to youth prostitution.  The shorts and filmmakers represent schools and organizations from cities including San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, San Leandro, Union City and Danville.

Tindle also worked on “Independence In Sight,” produced at Miramonte High School.


Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6.

Information and Tickets available at


Historic Alameda Theatre & Cineplex

2317 Central Avenue, Alameda, CA

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