As part of its mission, the EVAC is interested in supporting young filmmakers by sponsoring documentary film projects that use oral history techniques and family photos to capture stories about our artist members and to explore the history of Frogtown.
Our recent film, entitled MAJA, was supported in part by a grant from the DCA, supported by a grant from the California Arts Council and directed by Cindy "Mimi" Phan. The film documents Echo Park Latinx artist Milton "Maja" Jurado's journey as a young, undocumented gay artist moving to America from Ecuador.
By Mimi Phan (2016)
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”.
MAPPING FROGTOWN STORIES
By Will Coley (2011)
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.
NIGHT OF THE FROGTOWN ARTWALK