CHAVEZ RAVINE: A LOS ANGELES
Jordan Mechner / Don Normark, Andrew B.
Anderson, Mark Moran (USA) 26'
In 1949, photographer Don Normark stumbled on Chávez Ravine,
a closely-knit Mexican-American village on a hill overlooking downtown
Los Angeles. Enchanted, he stayed for a year and took hundreds of
photographs, never knowing he was capturing on film the last images
of a place that was about to disappear. The following year, the city
of Los Angeles evicted the 300 families of Chávez Ravine to
make way for a low-income public housing project. The land was cleared˜homes,
schools, and church razed to the ground. But the real estate lobby,
sensing a great opportunity, accused the LA Housing Authority's Frank
Wilkinson of being a communist agent. The city folded and instead
of building the promised housing, it sold the land to baseball owner
Walter O'Malley, who built Dodger Stadium on the site.
Jordan Mechner has written and directed two award-winning short films,
Waiting for Dark and Chávez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story. He
is also one of the world‚s best-known videogame creators. His
games ˆ including Karateka, Prince of Persia, The Last Express
and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Mechner is currently working
on adaptation of Prince of Persia for producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
He received his B.A. from Yale University.
In 1949, Don Normark, a freelance photographer, made the still photographs
that illustrate Chávez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story. The film
dramatizes the events related in his book Chávez Ravine, 1949:
A Los Angeles Story, published by Chronicle Books. Normark has illustrated
many books, and thousands of his travel and garden photographs have
filled the pages of different magazines.
Andrew Andersen has 20 years of experience as a director of photography
shooting independent feature films, commercials and TV documentaries.
He has shot for The Learning Channel, The History Channel, A&E
Biography, MTV, VH-1 and The Disney Channel, as well as for NASA,
the Kennedy Space Center, Dupont Chemical, the WHO and the American
Mark Moran has worked in various capacities on a wide range of films,
including Bee Season, Basic, Secretary, Sweet Home Alabama and Novocaine.
Prior to his film career, he designed and programmed cutting-edge
computer games. Moran graduated from Columbia University.
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