Thursday, July 15, 2021

ALICE STREET is playing across California starting today

This is an excellent look at the power of art to bring communities together. It’s also a film that takes a look at gentrification and its effects upon the community It’s a film that will make you think about the communities around you.

The film is the the story of artists, Pancho Peskador, a Chilean studio painter, and Desi Mundo, a Chicago-born aerosol artist who come together to plan and execute a 4 story mural in Oakland at Alice street where the African American part of the city meets the Chinese. Normally the two communities were wary of each other, however through the discussions about the mural door ways were opened and the two communities began to come together to fight the gentrification that is over taking the city.

I had a blast watching this film. While I loved watching the creative process involved in the creation of the mural, I loved watching the communities coming together. I was moved. More importantly the film perfectly balances telling us an engaging tale with giving us information on gentrification and other social problems. This is perfectly balanced film that effects the head and the heart

Highly Recommended.

The Summer Impact Events in July:

July 15 at 6:30PM

Virtual screening in partnership with the American Institute of Architects Orange County
(AIA Orange County) for their Diversity and Inclusion program.

July 22 at 6:30PM

Plaza Paz - Artes Americas
1630 Van Ness Ave, Fresno, CA
Community screening and panel discussion

July 28 at 7:00PM

Virtual screening in partnership with Reiss-Davis Graduate School (Los Angeles, CA).
A panel of psychologists will discuss the trauma of gentrification.

July 31 at 7:00PM

The Frida Cinema
305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA
Benefit screening in partnership with Community Engagement and The Frida Cinema Fundraising
for Community Engagement's grant program for local filmmakers and artists.

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