Ringing in 2014 with Everything Comes from the Streets
Dear Supporters of Everything Comes from the Streets,
We hope you've been enjoying your various rewards for backing Everything Comes from the Streets, with the exception of the delivery of the digital download of the documentary. We still anticipate delivery of this in the coming months, so stay tuned and thanks for your patience. (Please be in touch if you have not received other rewards, at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Recently, we decided to film a short epilogue for the film, highlighting organized efforts to bring cruising back to Chicano Park in San Diego's Barrio Logan. Chicano Park, as many of you already know, is where San Diego's most celebrated lowrider car show is held every year on the anniversary of the takeover of the park in late April. Through the early 1980s, Chicano Park was also a central cruising spot for lowriders. But when police crackdowns on lowriders intensified in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the number of lowriders cruising San Diego, including Chicano Park, began dwindling. This summer, the San Diego Lowrider Council, representing more than a dozen lowrider car clubs in the area, decided to bring back the tradition of cruising Chicano Park. Members of the various car clubs and other individuals cruise and gather at Chicano Park the last Sunday of every month. When we filmed on a recent Sunday, council leaders said they not only want to revive interest in cruising Chicano Park again, they hope to build more unity and communication between the different car clubs and other lowriders. We're excited to update the film with this new development.
In 2014, we plan to continue to release Everything Comes from the Streets at film festivals, reach a television audience, and once the film is on DVD, distribute it to schools and community groups. KPBS, San Diego's PBS affiliate, has wanted to program the film locally since it was completed. We've also submitted it for consideration on the public television series Truly California, broadcast on and presented by KQED, the San Francisco-Bay Area PBS station. We're eagerly awaiting responses from other film festivals we've entered, including the San Diego Latino Film Festival, San Antonio CineFestival, Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (in Austin,) WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, and the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris, France. Most of these festivals take place in March and April. We'll be updating our Facebook page as we hear back from festivals.
Thank you again for supporting the completion of the film and our efforts to get it out to the world. Wishing all of you a happy New Year.
- The Everything Comes from the Streets Team