Opening Night of the New Urbanism Film Festival saw record crowds.

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Last night we opened the Third Annual festival with the feature length documentary East LA Interchange.  An inspiring history of the Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles.

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IMG_4819After the screening, Councilmember Jose Huizar, who represents and resides in the neighborhood, called the film “beautiful” and “inspiring” thanking the filmmaker for her dedication to the community.  Huizar joined us on the Soofa benches for discussion on Boyle Heights. He spoke about gentrification and “gentefication” happening in the neighborhood and how policy and community effort can work together to engage and enhance the culture of Boyle Heights.
He also spoke about historic preservation and Survey LA, and the exciting new process of transportation planning ushered in by the passing of Mobility Plan 2035. We were honored to have him participate in the festival.

Peddler’s Ice Cream and Bloom the Game, were enjoyed in our parklet by our sell-out crowd, including filmmakers and attendees from as far as Vancouver, Toronto, St Louis, Florida, and Melbourne.

IMG_4476With all the fun and festivities, urbanism got a little bit of Hollywood glitz and glam.  But at the end of the night, the most important result was still there. As people left they told me “I am going to look up Survey LA” or “I’m going to find out more about my Neighborhood Council” or “I’m going to find out who my councilmember is” or “I want to build a parklet at my place.” or “I want to show these films in my neighborhood and get something started.”

There’s More To Come:

Tonight’s line up includes Street Art Short Films, The Urban World a feature length documentary about rapidly developing Indian cities, Short Films about Sociological impacts of urbanism. And the night caps off with the award-winning story-telling show, “BUSted: true tales about getting around Los Angeles told by people who don’t drive.”

Here’s a clip from one of tonight’s films! 

Walking Tours:


Street Art Walking Tour of Melrose Ave at 10am


Miracle Mile Jane’s Walk at 9am

Upcoming Presentations / Workshops:

Joining the Conversation: Women in Urbanism  Saturday at 3pm

Seedbomb making workshop Saturday at 6pm following the movie Can You Dig This?

Reinventing Mobility in Los Angeles Saturday at 1pm

The Role of Activism in Shaping Public Policy, following Aftermass Sunday at 2pm

Urbanism Filmmaking Challenge: see the films our teams have been working on all week!  Sunday at 8pm

How Architecture Shapes a City, after the Architecture Short Films Saturday at 11am

Other Events:

Bloom the Game will be available in the parklet all festival long.

CNU California Award:  The Paul Crawford Award will be presented at the New Urbanism Film Festival on Saturday Night at 8pm. Jeffery Tumlin is this year’s winner and will give a short speech before the films.

BUSted Los Angeles: true tales of getting around Los Angeles told by people who don’t drive.  Friday at 9:30

After Party at Amalfi Friday and Saturday at 11am

Awards Presentations: Sunday Night The Board of the New Urbanism Film Festival will present awards to each of the categories and the Best of Fest Award. We’ll also be screening the Urbanism Filmmaking Challenge mini documentaries made this week by our challenge teams. And we’ll get a sneak peek at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 24th Annual Congress taking place in Detroit June 8 – 11

Closing Party

It all ends Sunday night.  By Monday you’ll be back to your regular commute. So come out to the fest this weekend.  Be there or be stuck in traffic!