“I came back because I am who I am because of the community I grew up in.”
—will.i.am, The Black Eyed Peas
“The history of Boyle Heights is an example of the promise – and peril – of American progress. In her great new documentary East LA Interchange filmmaker Betsy Kalin whisks us through this fascinating past.”
— Amy Nicholson, LA Weekly
Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary at the Downtown Film Festival L.A., where it World Premiered in July 2015, East LA Interchangefollows the evolution of working-class, immigrant Los Angeles neighborhood, Boyle Heights, from multiethnic to now predominately Latino and a center of Mexican-American culture in the U.S.
The film, which Sold Out at its World Premiere, will be screening at two Los Angeles film festivals in October: the opening night film on October 8 at the New Urbanism Film Festival, and the closing night film October 10 at the Highland Park Independent Film Festival.
The documentary film shows how the neighborhood survived the construction of the largest freeway system in North America that threatened to destroy their proud community. Featuring narration by Danny Trejo (Machete) and interviews with will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas), Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Industries), and Josefina López (Real Women Have Curves) as well as an original song by Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli).
Though the documentary shows the evolution of this one Los Angeles community, it also asks if Boyle Heights and countless communities across the United States, as we know them, will survive the next round of challenges from environmental pollution, industrialization, development and gentrification. The community of Boyle Heights is a microcosm which illustrates how the march of time and the decisions made in the name of progress affect citizens and communities, and what they can do to have their voices heard.
East LA Interchange had its “Sold Out, Standing Room Only” World Premiere in July at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles where it garnered the Audience Award. Now, those turned away at the door and everybody else in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to see this entertaining and informative crowd-pleasing documentary at the upcoming film festivals in October.
October LA film festivals screening info below:
East LA Interchange , an amazing story eight years in the making, was selected to be the Opening Night Film for the New Urbanism Film Festival on Thursday, October 8th at 8pm at the ACME Theater, 135 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036. http://
East LA Interchange will be the closing night film at theHighland Park Independent Film Festival on October 10th with Red Carpet Arrivals at 7:30pm and the screening 8:30pm, at Highland Theaters, 5604 N. Figueroa St., L.A., CA 90042.
For more information: http://www.hpifilmfest.com/