INDUSTRIANCE(TM): Third Ward, TX
Feature documentary by
Andrew Garrison, Noland Walker & Nancy
An inspiring documentary about the African-American
artists who founded Project Row Houses, revitalized
an impoverished community in Houston, and fought off
SAT., July 28, 2007
8:30PM - Live Music by Dawn Landes
9:15PM - The Films
On the roof of The Old American Can Factory
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232 Third Street @ Third Avenue
Gowanus, Brooklyn (Between Carroll Gardens
and Park Slope)
In the event of rain the show is indoors at the same
Tickets -$8 at the door or $5 online HERE
with code: RFJULY
Presented in partnership with - IFC.com, New York
XØ Projects, Inc
This screening is part of INDUSTRIANCE(TM). (details)
Third Ward TX
(Andrew Garrison, Noland Walker & Nancy Bless |
Houston, TX | 56 minutes)
The left-for-dead Third Ward neighborhood in Houston’s
inner-city stirs to new life when a group of African-American
artists found Project Row Houses. First, they clean
up around a row of condemned shotgun houses and hold
a “Drive By” exhibition of paintings on
the fronts of the abandoned homes. The artists show
up every day, and soon others join in. Eventually,
they purchase 22 houses on two blocks with a down payment
from an NEA grant. Then they do something really unusual.
They ask the community what it needs—and listen
to the answers.
Third Ward, TX is a fascinating and hopeful new documentary about
a small community of artists in Houston who have revived an impoverished
urban community that has been decimated by municipal neglect and
disastrously ill-conceived urban planning. As communities in Brooklyn
and around the city struggle to maintain their identity in the face
of gentrification and the resulting displacement of the poor, Third
Ward TX provides at least one model for revitalization without injustice.
Director Andrew Garrison and producers Noland Walker and Nancy
Bless explore how this tidy little row of born-again houses, glowing
in the Texas sun, has become home to cutting-edge public art and
a home-grown challenge to traditional notions of community development.
Of course, soon enough the neighborhood becomes such a stimulating
place that it begins to attract deep-pocket real estate developers — an
ironic turn of events repeated all too often in recovering neighborhoods
all over the country. By 2006, big development threatened to destroy
the very qualities that make the neighborhood so vital, but the
bold, creative and resolutely community-based response of Project
Row Houses just might manage to resist the market forces and remain
a viable neighborhood that continues to benefit the people who grew
up there and turned it into a unique and inspiring place.
This is a great story, told with charm and dexterity, and really
has universal appeal — these are issues facing every city
in America, including Brooklyn, and our country needs more innovative
ideas like Project Row Houses. A first step is for people to see
Third Ward, TX.
“The Nation’s most impressive public art project is
also a bold experiment in how to build communities.”
--Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times
“…and this old lady… told us ‘If you want
to do something for real…you’ll clean up this place
and get these junkies outta here.’ That’s what you’ll
do if you want to do something for real.’”
--Jesse Lott, Sculptor
Preceded by the short film:
Cross Your Eyes and Keep Them Wide (Ben Wu
| San Francisco | 20:00)
This film is a portrait of the artists with
developmental disabilities that work at Creativity
Explored, a non-profit art center in San Francisco.
Through their own words, the artists
discuss their methods and work, as well as
the difficulties they face outside, and the
strength of the community they've formed among
themselves and the staff within the studio
Music: Dawn Landes
Dawn's music comes from the mouth, mind and hands of New York-based singer-songwriter Dawn Landes. Reminiscent of the raw traditionalism of Woody Guthrie and the experimental alt-folk lyricism of artists like Joanna Newsome, the Louisville KY native plays a variety of instruments (8-dollar guitars! pink accordions! glockenspiels! optigons!).
Whether she's performing by herself or with accomplices (members of the bands Hem and The Earlies), her live show brings moving silence to the crowd and has caught the attention of a number of popular touring artists who've taken her on the road. In addition to her gig performing with Rounder recording artists Hem (backing vocals and Glockenspiel), Dawn has supported the likes of Jose Gonzalez, Suzanne Vega, Le Tigre, Rainer Maria, Andrew Bird, Feist, M83, Josh Ritter, Jane Siberry and Shannon Wright.
Dawn recently finished her second full-length album "Fireproof" which will be released May 29th 2007 in Europe by Fargo Records. it's available exclusively in the US through cdbaby and iTunes. Dawn's first self-recorded and self-produced album "Dawn's Music" is now available in Europe through UK label Boyscout Records, and can be purchased in America if you go to a show (or online iTunes or cdbaby.com). Boy Scout also released an EP called "Two Three Four" in Europe summer 2006. Dawn will be touring Europe in May 2007 so be sure to check back for tour dates.
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