• Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:33:19View | Delete

    Thanks Lisa for having us.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:32:45View | Delete

    One of the interesting outcomes of highlighting some of the history in our film was the reaction of those who were born and raised in Los Angeles. Most Angelenos had no idea of the history of South LA especially the real estate covenants that existed up until the 1950s. These covenants prohibited black families from living outside of south LA, black families were not allowed to buy in hundreds of white neighborhoods within Los Angeles. This was a widespread law that helped contribute to the problem of isolation we have today.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:27:03View | Delete

    The opening shot was a way to set in motion the emotional tone of the film and the fact that something isn’t right.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:25:58View | Delete

    All of us involved in making the film wanted to ground it with history and a sense of time and place in order to give it the backdrop needed to understand it. If you don’t understand what has led up to this tragedy then it’s going to be difficult to have compassion for these young men.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:13:49View | Delete

    Getting access took the most time – usually one individual would lead me to another which lead me to another. A lot of time was spent going into these neighborhoods and just making contact, explaining myself and what my intentions were before I ever brought in a film crew. This allowed me to pay respect to them and it allowed me to get to know each person I featured in the film and it allowed them to get to know me.
    The other challenge was just making the film itself – it’s a big subject that took quite a bit of time, more then I expected in the editing bay. We re-sequenced the story many times in order to find how the film wanted to be told.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:03:14View | Delete

    One of the gang members we featured from the Nickerson Gardens housing projects told me that nothing ever changes in his hood – there is never a new restaurant, or video store or market. He says it’s like living in a dead area. it’s always the same. Nothing new ever comes in.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 18:00:58View | Delete

    Many of the subjects in the film are still busy trying to turn their lives around and or are busy in gang intervention.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 17:59:15View | Delete

    The longer we take to fix this the bigger the problem becomes. USC professor Todd Boyd who we featured in the film talked about these young men – how they are not just being left behind they are actually going backwards. As our world becomes more modern and faster these men are moving in reverse. The problem grows bigger and bigger as more and more kids are born to unwed teenage mothers who just keep repeating the cycle. Our response has not been to fix it but to warehouse all of these men in prisons. We warehouse them. There is no place in society for them, so we keep them hidden away behind bars.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 17:51:37View | Delete

    Gus is very right about that – our film was financed by two caring citizens, basketball star Baron Davis and silicon valley business man Steve Luczo. both want to make the world a better place and neither were looking to make a profit.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 17:49:29View | Delete

    I think the big money people put there money where they see it can make more money. I’m not sure they see the inner city as a solid investment. It’s very sad but probably true.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 17:48:25View | Delete

    I made this film for this reason; “what would we do in America, if white affluent teenage kids were arming themselves with AK47s and shooting at each other?” What would be our response? And do you think we would allow this to go on for four decades and spread to other cities in America?

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 17:46:02View | Delete

    There was an article in a recent NY times sunday edition – it was stating that Jim Crow is still very much alive today in the public school system – schools that exist in affluent neighborhoods obtain funds from a larger tax base then schools in lower income neighborhoods – the article explained how many parents in low income areas try to get their children into these better schools but can’t. What happens is what Michael Dyson calls “structural racism,” where the system is set up against them from the get go.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 17:42:20View | Delete

    Various high schools have shown the film and continue to show it. It’s slowly making its way out there.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 17:39:50View | Delete

    Many people in these distressed communities know that they are fodder for the budgets of police departments and the prison industrial system. if you cut down on violence you would eventually see cuts in police department budgets and the prison system. it’s a terribly vicious circle that is wiping out entire communities and has been for years.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 17:37:33View | Delete

    Whatever the unemployment rate is for the country it’s always 20 percent worse for black men. This is a standard statistic.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 17:35:13View | Delete

    I don’t know any particular numbers in regards to donations but Jim Brown told me that as a result of the film he gets inquires into his organization on a daily basis now from all over the world as a result of our film. People are seeing it and are trying to reach out and connect with this problem.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 17:30:54View | Delete

    One of the problems when you speak of bringing jobs to the inner city is that they are usually the lowest forms of employment. These are jobs that are usually minimum wage at best with little opportunity for growth. What confuses these individuals who get involved with gang violence is – they know that 15 minutes away from where they live are communities that offer good jobs but they can’t get those jobs so it becomes very isolating for them as if they live on a reservation with no chance of getting out.
    One day when I was in one of the hoods, it was one of those clear days in LA – we could see the Hollywood sign from where we were at – this one gang member looked the sign miles away and said to me; that might as well be on pluto cause I’ll never touch that in my life.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 17:26:38View | Delete

    Most of the community groups that are working in this field are working under very stressed budgets, they do have an effect, but many times it’s a limited effect.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 17:25:02View | Delete

    Reverend Tony Muhammad has been for quite sometime trying to get a coalition of male figures together that would act as neighborhood watchmen to see to it that kids can walk to and from school safely. The problem these kinds of programs require some money and that money is not easy to come by.

  • Stacy Peralta commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-07 17:23:16View | Delete

    PTSD is one of the unintended consequences that effect so many of the residents due to gang violence. Speaking to as many gang members as I did, I believe they too are suffering from it. I don’t know how one could live there without being effected by it as there are sirens and helicopters going by constantly. It has the sound of a war zone.

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