“East LA Interchange” Screens at L.A. Jewish Film Festival

Los Angeles, CA – East LA Interchange has been chosen as a Festival Highlight for the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival this month! In partnership with the Jewish Historical Society, the festival has programmed a special event at the historic Breed Street Shul. We are thrilled to be finally coming home to Boyle Heights!

East LA Interchange tells the story of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights, the oldest neighborhood in East Los Angeles. Targeted by government policies, real estate laws, and California planners, this quintessential immigrant neighborhood survived racially restrictive housing covenants, Japanese-American Internment, Federal redlining policies, lack of political representation, and the building of the largest and busiest freeway ieast interchangenterchange system in the nation, the East L.A. Interchange. The documentary explores how the freeways – a symbol of Los Angeles ingrained in America’s popular imagination – impact Boyle Heights’ residents: literally, as an environmental hazard and structural blockade and figuratively, as a conversational interchange about why the future of their beloved community should matter to us all.

Following this special free community screening, there will be a panel with director Betsy Kalin and subjects Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Leo Frumkin, Don Hodes, and Momo Yashima. The moderator for this event is our associate producer and Boyle Heights native, Ruby Gómez. In addition, we will have many of the same people present for a Q&A after the Encino screening. Keep checking for tickets to open up for the Breed Street screening if it’s sold out or you can come see us in Encino!

Date: Sunday, May 22
Time: 3:00pm
Place: Breed Street Shul, 247 N Breed Street, L.A., CA 90033
Tickets: http://lajfilmfest.org/

Date: Tuesday, May 24
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Laemmle’s Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91316
Tickets: http://lajfilmfest.org/

communityEast LA Interchange will also screen in June as part of “Do you think you know L.A.?” — Three films about Los Angeles that speak to the Northeast L.A. community.

This free program is presented by the Highland Park Independent Film Festival and Lummis Day. Lummis Day celebrates the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events and an annual festival that draws the community together for a shared experience while providing a platform for cooperation among people of all ages and backgrounds.

At 7pm two short films will screen: Once Upon a Time in Chavez Ravine, directed by Javier Barboza with a narration by Tomas Benitez, and Murals of Aztlan, The Street Painters of East Los Angeles, directed by James Tartan. At 8pm. East LA Interchange will screen. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A panel led by the Highland Park Independent Film Festival’s Terrence Butcher.

Lummis Day Festival
Date: Friday, June 3
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Occidental College, Choi Auditorium, 1600 Campus Road, LA, CA 90041
Tickets: http://www.lummisday.org/schedule

And we are also happy to announce that East LA Interchange will be having its San Francisco Premiere at the SF DocFest on June 5th at the historic Roxie Theatre! Please let your Bay Area friends and family know that East LA Interchange is coming to San Francisco! Tickets will be on sale mid-May.doc festival

SF DocFest
Date: Sunday, June 5
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Tickets: http://sfindie.com/festivals/sf-docfest/

SF DocFest
Date: Thursday, June 9
Time: 9:15pm
Place: Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Tickets: http://sfindie.com/festivals/sf-docfest/