Photo: Sarah Golonka | smg photography

Screening: Cal State LA Community Impact Media Documentaries Spring 2024

  • Sat 4 May 2024
  • 2 – 4 pm

Join us at Hauser & Wirth Downtown Los Angeles for a screening of three student-directed short films, the culmination of the innovative Cal State LA course Community Impact Media. Featuring nonprofit organizations dedicated to transforming the socioeconomics and communities of South Los Angeles and those impacted by the juvenile justice system: Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE LA)Community Coalition South LA, and Art for Healing and Justice Network.

This semester’s focus was inspired by the exhibition ‘RETROaction (part two)’ a project initiated at Hauser & Wirth to explore the work of artists in the early 1990s who were using exhibitions to draw attention to the social and political turbulence of the time. Terms like multiculturalism, identity politics and marginalization took center stage in cultural debates, ultimately coming to define a generation. In a contemporary context that bears many similarities, ‘RETROaction (part two)’ looks back at these critical projects, putting them in dialogue with the work of younger artists and revealing their deep relevance today.

Drawing inspiration from the themes explored in ‘RETROaction (part two),’ students from The California State University Los Angeles Television, Film, and Media Department have been paired with important grass roots, community-driven, multicultural organizations, many of which emerged out of the social and political climate in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. These organizations prioritize BIPOC communities and their response to inequities related to race, sex, and gender within the larger community.

This event is free to attend and open to the public, however, due to limited seating, reservations are recommended. Click here to register.

About Community Impact Media
Community Impact Media, a shared project between the university and the gallery, provides neighboring youth with hands-on media making and storytelling mentorship toward the production of video projects written and directed by the student filmmakers. It not only encourages students to reimagine the role of filmmakers as neighbors and citizens committed to meaningful social change, but also illustrates each organization’s commitment to engage and develop a positive, lasting relationship with their shared LA community.