José Huizar scheduled to appear at opening night of New Urbanism Film Festival.

Opening night of the third annual New Urbanism Film Festival will feature an on-stage conversation between Councilmember José Huizar and festival director Josh Paget.

Councilmember Huizar speaks at a CicLAvia event.

“Councilmember Huizar has an impressive track record of working with communities to revitalize neighborhoods,” said festival director Josh Paget. “We’re honored to have him join us at the festival and share his experience and his vision.”

The Huizar interview caps off a night full of fun, interactive festivities. The festival opens at 6pm with a pop-up parklet built in front of the theatre, where patrons and passersby can play with interactive architecture and snack on bicycle churned ice cream provided by Peddlers Creamery.  Inside will be photographs on the red carpet and cocktails from Amalfi Ristorante & Bar.

Screenings begin at 7pm with a series of short films called “New Urbanism 101.”  These films explain key concepts and the philosophy behind New Urbanism.  It’s a great opportunity to brush up on planning terms such “road diet” or “transit oriented development” or “eyes on the street.”

At 8pm the opening night feature is East LA Interchange, a documentary that tells the story of Boyle Heights, an historic and largely Latino neighborhood that has been a gateway to Los Angeles for a variety of immigrant populations for over a century. The film explores the challenges that Boyle Heights has faced including the construction of the busiest freeway interchange in the country through the heart of the neighborhood.

In addition to representing Boyle Heights as part of his district, Huizar resides there with his wife and four children.


New Urbanism Film Festival

The New Urbanism Film Festival brings the conversation about urban planning out of the classroom, beyond the council chambers and onto the big screen. Through film screenings, workshops and guided tours, the festival inspires, encourages, and empowers audiences to participate in making their neighborhood a better place.  Josh Paget and Joel Karahadian founded this unique niche festival in Los Angeles in 2013 and have since hosted screenings in other cities as diverse as Austin, Buffalo, Dallas, San Diego, and Stockholm. The festival returns to Los Angeles for its third year October 8-11 at the ACME Theatre on La Brea.

Councilmember Jose Huizar

José Huizar was elected to the Los Angeles City Council’s 14th District in 2005 and overwhelmingly re-elected in 2007, again in 2011 and again in 2015. Councilmember Huizar has proven himself a staunch advocate for public safety, environmental protection, sustainable economic development and is one of the City’s leading “Complete Streets” proponents, ushering in groundbreaking pedestrian and bike-friendly policies that are seen as the model for the entire City.

East LA Interchange

East L.A. Interchange tells the story of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights, the oldest neighborhood in East Los Angeles. Targeted by government policies, real estate laws, and California planners, this quintessential immigrant neighborhood survived racially restrictive housing covenants, Japanese-American Internment, Federal redlining policies, lack of political representation, and the building of the largest and busiest freeway interchange system in the nation, the East L.A. Interchange. The documentary explores how the freeways – a symbol of Los Angeles ingrained in America’s popular imagination – impact Boyle Heights’ residents: literally, as an environmental hazard and structural blockade and figuratively, as a conversational interchange about why the future of their beloved community should matter to us all.  East LA Interchange will be screened October 8th at 8pm at the New Urbanism Film Festival.


8pm Thursday October 8th

ACME Theatre

135 N La Brea Ave

Los Angeles CA 90036