On Friday, June 3rd, from 7pm until 10pm, the Highland Park Independent Film Festival and Lummis Day will present Three Films about Los Angeles. The evening will begin with two short films — “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.
The feature film of the evening is the award-winning “East LA Interchange,” directed by Betsy Kalin. The film relates specifically to Northeast LA. There will be a Q&A panel immediately after the screening led by the Highland Park Independent Film Festival’s Terrence Butcher.
Lummis Day is a 3-day festival established 11 years ago to celebrate the arts, history and diversity of Northeast Los Angeles. The annual festival also includes live bands, poetry readings, dancers, puppets and the Gentlemen’s Society Circuit Bending Marching Band and Ladies’ Auxiliary Parade. According to Wikipedia (and our astute commenter below), “Lummis Day was named for author, adventurer and early advocate of multiculturalism Charles Fletcher Lummis.”
The event takes place at The Choi Auditorium, Occidental College. 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90041. Admission and parking are free.