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White Memorial signs on as official sponsor for world premiere of feature-length documentary, East LA Interchange

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Bluewater Media presents World Premiere of East LA Interchange

"I came back because I am who I am because of the community I grew up in." --, The Black Eyed Peas

"Boyle Heights stands for what we could become if we stood against forgetting that we belong to each other." -- Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries

Los Angeles, CA – July 15, 2015 – The feature-length documentary East LA Interchange follows the evolution of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights from multi-ethnic to predominately Latino and a center of Mexican-American culture in the U.S. The film shows how the neighborhood survived the construction of the largest freeway system in North America that threatened to destroy their proud community. Featuring narration by Danny Trejo (Machete) and interviews with (The Black Eyed Peas), Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Industries), and Josefina López (Real Women Have Curves) as well as an original song by Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli).

This amazing story eight years in the making will have its World Premiere at the Downtown Film Festival L.A. on July 26th at 3pm at the Regent Theater, 448 S. Main Street, Los Angeles 90013.

East LA Interchange’s Executive Producer/Director Betsy Kalin had her first film Roof premiere at MoMA’s New Directors/New Films. Her previous feature documentary Hearts Cracked Open won several awards. Her short Chained! screened at festivals worldwide and in 2013 she produced the award-winning film Click.

East LA Interchange tells the story of how one neighborhood found its political voice in its fight against the largest freeway interchange system in the nation. Though there are different issues today, these activist residents are still organizing and speaking out for their rights as a working-class, immigrant, community of color. The film asks if Boyle Heights as we know it will survive the next round of challenges from environmental pollution, industrialization, development and gentrification. East LA Interchange provides a compelling look at what the future of America can be if communities like Boyle Heights work together to secure our nation’s pledge of

providing justice for all.

For interviews with the director or cast, high-resolution photos, or screeners, please contact Betsy Kalin.

Media Contact: Betsy Kalin, Bluewater Media

Twitter: @BoyleHeightsDoc



Screening info:

East LA Interchange will screen at the Downtown Film Festival L.A.:

Date: Sunday, July 26

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Place: The Regent Theater, 448 S. Main Street, L.A. 90013

East LA Interchange Trailer