'East LA Interchange' directed by Betsy Kalin

Los Angeles area residents will have three new chances this Fall to see “East LA Interchange”, the hit documentary that focuses on the activist history of Boyle Heights.

The film from director Betsy Kalin premiered this Summer at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, where it had the event’s only sold-out screening and won the Audience Favorite Award for Feature Length Documentary.

From that success, Kalin said the producers of “East LA Interchange” have been inundated with requests for screenings. At this point, the film is scheduled at three upcoming film festivals, which will probably be the last opportunities for audiences to see the film in 2015.

The director worked on the film for nine years. In an interview this year, Kalin said she came to realize how Boyle Heights current stand against gentrification was rooted in the neighborhood’s long history of activism.

“What I found so interesting is the history of the neighborhood,” she told Boyle Heights Beat.

The documentary was picked up for two screenings at this month’s Hollywood Film Festival, including one this coming Sunday. The film was also chosen to be the opening film at next month’s New Urbanism Film Festival and will also screen in October at the Highland Park Independent Film Festival.

Here are the dates and details:

Hollywood Film Festival

Sunday, September 27 at 1:15 p.m.

ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., CA 90028

Ticket information here.

New Urbanism Film Festival

Thursday, October 8 at 8 p.m.

ACME Theater, 135 N. La Brea Ave, Hollywood, CA 90036

Ticket information here.

Highland Park Independent Film Festival

October 9-11

Highland Theaters, 5604 N. Figueroa St., L.A., CA 90042

Ticket information here.

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Antonio Mejías-Rentas

Antonio Mejías-Rentas is a Senior Editor at Boyle Heights Beat, where he mentors teenage journalists, manages the organization’s website and covers local issues. A veteran bilingual journalist, he's...

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