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Nelson Mills writes, "I am currently the Director of Training & Innovation at SmartMouth Communications in Salt Lake City, UT. Utah Business Magazine recently honored me by naming me to the first-ever "20 in their 20s" list of young Utah Business leaders. Check out Utah Business's youtube channel for my interview."Submitted on Nov 14, 2015
Betsy Kalin (1991) writes, "I'm happy to announce that my award-winning film East LA Interchange will have its East Coast Premiere at the New Haven International Film Festival on Saturday, Nov 14th at 12:15pm. Many of my Columbia classmates have helped me over the 9 years of making this.
East LA Interchange follows the evolution of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights from multiethnic to predominately Latino and a center of Mexican-American culture in the U.S. Boyle Heights was once far more diverse than any U.S. city; Mexicans, Japanese, African-Americans, Russian Molokans, Armenians, Italians, and the largest settlement of Jews west of Chicago lived and worked together side by side. The film shows how the neighborhood survived the construction of the largest freeway system in North America that threatened to destroy their proud community and argues why it should matter to us all.
The film features narration by Danny Trejo (Machete) and interviews with will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas), Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Industries), and Josefina López (Real Women Have Curves) as well as an original song by Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli). I will be attending and look forward to seeing you there. http://ctfilmfest.com/newhaven/node/13734
We received great reviews in LA Weekly. http://www.laweekly.com/film/this-film-is-a-fascinating-history-of-boyle... and the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ira-israel/east-la-interchange-film-_b_833...Submitted on Nov 10, 2015