Drastic changes in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood has raised concerns among its residents and community leaders, who fear the aftereffects of incoming redevelopment projects. On January 23rd, Kelly Strayhorn Theater will address these issues with a screening event showcasing local filmmaker Chris Ivey.
The event will focus on Ivey’s East of Liberty documentary series, which includes A Story of Good Intentions, The Fear of Us, and In Unlivable Times. The project was created in 2005 as a way to explore “issues of race and class and addresses resident’s fears about gentrification.” See showtimes and film descriptions below:
East of Liberty: A Story of Good Intentions (84 minutes)
The first film in a series documenting the redevelopment and gentrification of the blighted East Liberty community. Filmed over several years, the series of films takes a raw look at changes happening in one community that reflect a national trend. A Story of Good Intentions follows displaced residents from low income high rise buildings that have been demolished to make way for new development. Featuring interviews with residents and social examiner and author Mindy Fullilove, MD (Root Shock), East of Liberty takes a unique approach to tackling the global issue of gentrification.
3: 40 p.m.
East of Liberty: The Fear of Us (101 minutes)
The Fear of Us follows small business owners fighting to survive as new businesses emerge catering to a different clientele. A true examination of survival of the fittest. Featuring interviews with business owners and others, The Fear of Us digs deep into the issues of class and race while to tackling gentrification issues in redevelopment.
East of Liberty: In Unlivable Times (53 minutes)
The third film, In Unlivable Times is uniquely different from the previous chapters in the series, injected with the voices of Pittsburgh youth. Filled with heartfelt stories of determination and the will to succeed, In Unlivable Times is a definitive portrait of inner city of youth surviving despite the odds. Film contains strong language.
The East of Liberty screening will begin at 2 p.m. A mixer and community dialogue will follow at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are pay what you can and are available for purchase at the Kelly Strayhorn website.