This documentary follows 12 artists from Mexico who were invited to New York to display their work and paint murals in the city. Conversations with them and passerby's reflect on the importance of community art pieces.
"For me the important thing about painting in the street is that in the end the community takes over the art."
From W. Kamau Bell's "United Shades of America", Latino artists talk about the symbols and imagery in their work.
The humming bird represents freedom for many Chicana/o artists, but also serves as a powerful metaphor for working class people "always having to work so hard to find food that it is on the brink of fatigue."
This documentary follows the history and formation of the art collective ASCO. The work of the ASCO collective, with their name meaning disgust to the point of wanting to throw up in Spanish, creates art that reflects their living conditions. Using interviews with members and archival footage and photographs of the Chicano Movement, police riots, the Vietnam War and their performance art pieces.
"Asco were formed in the early 1970s by four Chicano artists - Harry Gamboa Jr, Gronk, Willie F. Herrón III and Patssi Valdez - who met in high school in East LA, the centre of Los Angeles's Mexican American community. They emerged from the Chicano civil rights movement of the late 60s and early 70s, which fought labour exploitation, the Vietnam draft, police brutality, and other forms of discrimination and deprivation."
From Union Docs:
"What makes a neighborhood? How do you gain a deeper understanding of a place?
You hang out!"
We've been excited to share the work of UnionDocs with "Living Los Sures" and the community effort behind the film. Here we can see the power of art and community in a different way. UnionDocs and the Van Allen Institute helped set up 12 different hangouts for the neighborhood, where people shared stories and art to preserve the Barrio.
"The Barrio is still understood as this place of marginality but its also understood to be a place of empowerment, of culture, a place that is worth preserving."
This film captures the beauty and nostalgia of the L.A River through the story of a young man looking for memories of his past.
Starring: Rafael Agustin and Luis C. Muñoz
Writer & Director: Alvaro Parra
Cinematographer: Heyjin Jun
Co-Producers: Alvaro Parra and Heyjin Jun
Assistant Producer: Nathalia Morales-Evanks
Editor: Heyjin Jun
Production Sound: Bryan Morales and Lucas Brause
Sound Design: Alvaro Parra