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The newly launched LA-Artist Documentary Project is dedicated to people working creatively in and around Los Angeles. This ongoing, collaborative project aims to document LA’s artistic diversity by producing a range of informative films alongside an online archive of ArtCards that bring voice to the city’s varied and eclectic creative framework.
LA-Artist Executive Producer Sofia Rose Smith has made a unique point to cover Chicano artists working in greater Los Angeles.
Read her portrait of painter Raphael Matias, pictured left, by clicking here.
Also, make sure to check out Director Oliver Shipley’s film that inspired the initiation of the LA-Artist project. “Murals of Boyle Heights”, below, chronicles community members’ perspectives of what murals mean to the past, present, and future of the historic East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights.
PBS’s Emmy Award winning show “New York Voices” went behind the scenes at the new musical In The Heights. The exclusive half-hour program introduced viewers to the cast and creative team of In The Heights, inviting them into the rehearsal hall, orchestra rehearsals, and on stage for the first Broadway performance of the new Broadway musical. Produced by Bob Morris and hosted by Rafael Pr Roman, “New York Voices.”
In The Heights opened Sunday, March 9, 2008, at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). With music and lyrics by ASCAP’s 2007 Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In The Heights is directed by Joseph A. Callaway Award-winner Thomas Kail and choreographed by Outer Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Joseph A. Callaway Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler.
In The Heights star Andréa Burns, Janet Dacal, Robin De Jesús, Carlos Gomez, Mandy Gonzalez, Christopher Jackson, Priscilla Lopez, Olga Merediz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karen Olivo and Seth Stewart leading a cast of 27.
“In The Heights is a quintessential New York musical about a vibrant and tight-knit community at the top of the island of Manhattan. The music pulses with the hopes and dreams of three generations as they struggle to forge an identity in a neighborhood on the brink of transition,” describe press notes.
Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary (70 min) that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from trendy clothing retailer Forever 21. In intimate observational style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by the experience. Compelling, humorous, deeply human, Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice.
Three immigrant women come together at L.A.’s Garment Worker Center to take a stand for their rights. Against all odds, these seemingly defenseless workers launch a very public challenge (a lawsuit and a boycott) to one of the city’s flagship clothiers, calling attention to the dark side of low-wage labor north of the U.S.-Mexico border and revealing the social fault lines of the new globalization.
As seen through the eyes of María, Maura, and Lupe, the workers’ struggle for basic economic justice and personal dignity yields hope and growth, but it is also fraught with disappointments and dangers. As the campaign drags on through three long years, meetings at the Garment Worker Center become more contentious and the women undergo dramatic moments of conflict and discouragement. But then the story takes a surprising turn, and the three women find the strength and resources to continue their struggle.
For Lupe, Maura and María, the long campaign is a turning point from victimization to empowerment, and each makes life-changing decisions that they never could have envisioned.
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