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Alice Street

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A Film by Spencer Wilkinson

70 minutes

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned

Grades 9 - Adult
Item #:ACS-1195

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In a rapidly gentrifying city, the construction of a luxury condominium threatens a local mural, forcing the artists and neighborhood to rally to protect its history, voice, and land.

Two artists — Chilean studio painter Pancho Peskador and Chicago-born aerosol artist Desi Mundo — form an unlikely partnership to paint their most ambitious mural to date in downtown Oakland. The four-story mural is situated at a unique intersection of Chinese and Afro-Diasporic communities who face the imminent threat of displacement and gentrification. But even before painting can commence, the artists face numerous obstacles such as 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, Oakland's unique cultural legacies come to life through historical flashbacks and despite additional setbacks during its creation, Peskador and Mundo complete it with great fanfare and a vibrant celebration.

But three months after the mural's completion, a new luxury condominium development is planned that will obstruct this new source of neighborhood pride. Despite local opposition, the development receives city approval, and the community fights back. Ultimately displaced, the mural becomes a spark for the community to rally to protect cultural arts, and coalesces the community's resistance to gentrification.

FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "In 2014, I was living on Alice Street in downtown Oakland, CA when I learned two artists were interested in painting a mural just down the street. At most, it was intended to be a short film incorporating community voices and the painting of the mural. This project unlocked a treasure trove of living history that I never knew existed in my neighborhood. The story of Oakland lay inside the intersection where the mural would be painted, and my interviews would shape the content of the piece that I was documenting.

When the story turned and became a fight to save the mural, I recognized there was a larger story to impart. I had to broaden the focus beyond the two muralists and their artwork to share the community's struggle to exist within a city that they had helped build but which had no motivation to retain them. A movement was forming amidst the residents I had been documenting and the central battleground between development and displacement was my neighborhood.

Ultimately the response from Oakland's artist community became a model for engaging cultural artists in the fight against displacement. Gentrification and displacement are taking place throughout the country. The lessons from this story changed my outlook on the power of the arts in community development. I want to share what I've witnessed with other communities, hear their stories and continue to collaboratively create models for development that centers the voice of local artists."
— Spencer Wilkinson

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Alice Street
Alice Street

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