Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary at the Downtown Film Festival L.A., East LA Interchange follows the evolution of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights from multiethnic to predominately Latino and a center of Mexican-American culture in the U.S. The 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 L??pez (Real Women Have Curves) as well as an original song by Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli).
If you missed East LA Interchange's sold-out, standing-room premiere, you now have more opportunities to see this amazing story eight years in the making. East LA Interchange has two upcoming screenings at the Hollywood Film Festival on Thursday, September 24th at 12:45pm and on Sunday, September 27th at 1:15pm at the ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., CA 90028. The Hollywood Film Festival seeks to promote phenomenal films about causes that count while inspiring audiences to act. http://hollywoodfilmfestival.com/films/east-la-interchange/
The New Urbanism Film Festival honored East LA Interchange by selecting it as the Opening Night Film for the festival on Thursday, October 8th at 8pm at the ACME Theater, 135 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036;. The New Urbanism Film Festival celebrates urban planning from the pedestrian perspective and gets audiences exploring, experiencing, and examining the built environment in new ways. http://newurbanismfilmfestival.com/nuff2015/films2015/
The Highland Park Independent Film Festival just announced that East LA Interchange is an official selection and will be screening at the historic Highland Theater, designed by noted theatre architect Louis Arthur Smith in 1924. The Highland Park Independent Film Festival runs from October 9-11th at 5604 N. Figueroa St., L.A., CA 90042. http://www.hpifilmfest.com/
East LA Interchange tells the story of how one neighborhood found its political voice in its fight against the largest freeway interchange system in the nation. Though there are different issues today, these activist residents are still organizing and speaking out for their rights as a working-class, immigrant, community of color.
The film asks if Boyle Heights as we know it will survive the next round of challenges from environmental pollution, industrialization, development and gentrification. East LA Interchange provides a compelling look at what the future of America can be if communities like Boyle Heights work together to secure our nation's pledge of providing justice for all.