Hibbleton Film Series Presents: Four Documentaries About Los Angeles
For the month of June, Hibbleton Gallery will be showing a series of films about different aspects of Los Angeles, focusing on food, politics, community activism, public art, and music. Here’s our lineup for the month. All screenings begin at 8pm and are FREE and open to the public. A discussion will follow each screening.
City of Gold (2015) directed by Laura Gabbert: A film about the transformative power of food and food writing on how we experience where we live. Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Gold is our Virgilian guide, casting his light upon a vibrant and growing cultural movement, a movement in which he plays the dual roles of high-low priest and culinary geographer of his beloved Los Angeles.
The Garden (2008) directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy: The 14-acre community garden in South Central Los Angeles was the largest of it’s kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the garden became a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods in which low-income urban farmers grew their own food, fed their families, and created a community. When bulldozers threaten th garden’s existence, the farmers fight back. The Garden is an unflinching look at the struggle between these urban farmers, the City of Los Angeles, and a powerful developer who wants to evict them and build warehouses.
Mur Murs (1981) directed by Agnes Varda: After returning to Los Angeles from France in 1979, acclaimed French New Wave director Agnès Varda created this kaleidoscopic documentary about the striking murals that decorate the city. Bursting with color and vitality, Mur Murs is as much an invigorating study of community and diversity as it is an essential catalog of unusual public art.
Wattstax (1973) directed by Mel Stuart. Sometimes called the “black Woodstock,” Wattstax was a benefit concert organized by Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the 1965 riots in the African-American community of Watts. The concert took place at the LA Coliseum in 1972 and performers included all of Stax’s prominent artists at the time such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more.