Community Engagement and The Frida Cinema invite you to a FREE outdoor screening of Spencer Wilkinson’s documentary ALICE STREET on Saturday, July 31st (8pm) at The Frida Outdoor Cinema on the Parking Garage Rooftop (behind The Frida) on 300 E. 5th Street, Santa Ana
Director Spencer Wilkinson will join us this evening and share his insights on making the film and the importance that placemaking art has in our communities.
ALICE STREET (2020, 67 min.)
Two Oakland artists, Pancho Peskador, a Chilean studio painter, and Desi Mundo, a Chicago-born aerosol artist, form an unlikely partnership to tackle their most ambitious project to date, a four-story mural in the heart of downtown Oakland. Their site is situated at a unique intersection where Chinese and Afro-Diasporic communities face the imminent threat of displacement and gentrification. Prior to painting, the mural faces numerous obstacles: complex negotiations with profit-minded property owners, satisfying a community of diverse residents, and resolving the artists’ own aesthetic conflicts.
As the mural takes shape on the wall, Oakland’s unique cultural legacies come to life through historical flashbacks. Past exclusionary policies replay themselves in the present as gentrification threatens to uproot long-term residents. The mural is fraught with its own challenges. A disgruntled neighborhood resident launches a vendetta against the artists, unleashing a blizzard of letters to city officials and newspapers. Simultaneously, the property owner of the mural site schemes to demolish it and construct the city’s largest luxury condo. Nonetheless, Desi and Pancho conclude the mural with great fanfare and a vibrant celebration.
Three months later, news comes that another forthcoming condominium development will obscure the mural, which has become a source of neighborhood pride. Despite last-ditch opposition to the condominium, it receives city approval, effectively dooming the mural. Meanwhile, the city unveils its urban planning process for the downtown district. Ultimately displaced, the mural becomes a spark for the community to rally to protect cultural arts, and coalescing the community resistance to gentrification.
Presented by Community Engagement, who’s mission is to utilize the transformative power of art in fostering community. Support artists and art programs that reimagine our shared spaces and stimulate social engagement, creative expression and collective empowerment.
Community Engagement believes that collaboration through art builds stronger communities. The success of our grassroots neighborhood projects are direct proof of the power of a collective vision.
Learn more at https://www.communityengagement.org
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Event begins at 8:00 pm
Parking Garage Rooftop (Behind The Frida)
300 E. 5th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Parking available in structure. Standard rates apply.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring a blanket, towel, LOW-BACK chair, or anything else you need to get comfy and enjoy a movie under the stars! Picnic baskets and outside food are welcome, though keep in mind that there are several fantastic neighboring restaurants that will be open to get your food needs handled!
WHAT NOT TO BRING
Alcohol and smoking are prohibited at the Parking Structure. Please be courteous to your fellow audience members — if you are planning to bring chairs, bring LOW-BACK chairs so as to not block the folks behind you.
If you have not been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, we ask that you protect yourself and those around you by wearing a mask at this event. If you have been vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus, defined as having received the full and final dose of your selected vaccine over two weeks ago, you are not obligated to wear a mask — though you are welcome and encouraged to do so if you choose to. If you are not feeling well, or have a fever, we ask that you stay home, rest, and get well!