In 2016, and in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles’ first Public Art Biennial “Current:LA Water”, the EVAC commissioned a short documentary entitled “Our River” from local filmmaker Mimi Phan. The film, which records, through oral histories, the historic relationship between the community of Elysian Valley and the Los Angeles River, was selected by the New Filmmakers LA for inclusion in their 2016 film festival, On Location. It was subsequently selected for the LA Harbor International Film Festival and screened as part of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs event “Great Streets”.
The film, Mapping Frogtown, uses interviews, historic photos and contemporary footage to explore the history of Elysian Valley, also known as Frogtown. Neighbors share family photos and memories of growing up in this unique neighborhood, with its mix of commercial manufacturing and residential properties. Interviews with some of the artists now occupying the warehouses and with Mayor Eric Garcetti (then councilmember Garcetti of the 13th district) round out a picture of a small corner of Los Angeles.