THE ARTS DISTRICT WITHOUT ARTISTS
Directed by Steve Nagano
Forced Removal! Evictions! Evictions! Reminiscent of the past, artists are being forced to move, “relocate,” after years of living and working in one of the first designated Artists-in-Residence buildings in Los Angeles. The new owners, a subsidiary of an international bank, of the Joannes Building, began the evictions immediately.
Steve Nagano is a recently retired computer teacher. He has worked on two California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLEP) grants, the “Stand Up For Justice” film project and as the graphics designer for its teacher’s guide. He also worked on the federally funded “Speak Out For Justice” project, which preserved and indexed the 157 testimonies, 13 dvds, of the 1981 Los Angeles CWRIC hearings.
Writer: Steve Nagano
Producer: Steve Nagano
Shorts Programs / 107 minsVisual Communications' Digital Histories program engages the passion of our elders to tell their stories in movie form. This year the seniors transformed an illness into a triumphant narrative, unearthed a forgotten jazz club in Little Tokyo, and explored how the first Japanese American Buddhist Taiko group came to be. - Gary Gabisan
In This Program: ABANDONED FABRIC, THE ARTS DISTRICT WITHOUT ARTISTS, A CENTENARIAN PLUS SIX, DANCING THROUGH LITTLE TOKYO, THE FINALE CLUB, HOLIDAY BOWL, JEFF IMADA: BREAKING BARRIERS BY DESIGN, KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS, GIVING IS AN ADDICTION, NOTE TO SELF, “ON MY HONOR…” BILL SHISHIMA VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE, RAY ROCKS WITH HAIR, TAP, AND HIP-HOP, SAY YES TO YOUR HEART, TAIKO REFLECTIONS, THE TRAVELING RICE POT, WITHIN THE OPEN DOORS OF A SHINTO CHURCH IN BOYLE HEIGHTS