A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone

  • Penny Penny


Throckmorton Theatre Sat, Oct 10, 2015 2:00 PM
Rafael 2 Fri, Oct 16, 2015 11:45 AM
Sequoia 2 Sat, Oct 17, 2015 11:30 AM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Running Time:57 min
Premiere Status:World
Director:Marlene "Mo" Morris
Producer:Marlene "Mo" Morris
Cinematographer:Peggy Peralta
Editor:Maureen Gosling
Print Source:Galewind Films
Note Writer:Frako Loden


Meet Edythe Boone, one of the seven women artists commissioned in 1994 to cover San Francisco’s historic Women’s Building with a massive, iconic mural entitled MaestraPeace. Now in her 70s, the African-American artist works to restore the mural to its original brilliant colors, reassuring a young woman terrified of mounting a scaffold for the first time. Back on the ground, she teaches public art to everyone from West Oakland middle schoolers to Richmond seniors. As Edy guides students in choosing mural subjects, using a grid, and mastering texture, they’re thrilled to be working with a veteran muralist whose art can be found all over the Bay Area and commemorates the great events of her time. Those events keep coming, as we see when the death of Edy’s nephew becomes a national symbol of racist policing. To all her students she says, “You can’t change your beginnings, but you can put a nice beautiful ending to the story.”

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Co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora and Berkeley Film Foundation.

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Marlene “Mo” Morris calls Berkeley, California home and has been producing and editing videos for non-profit and educational organizations for over seven years on a wide range of topics including ecology, domestic abuse survivors, Jewish choral music, and restorative justice. She has been associate producer and editor on film projects with internationally acclaimed Bay Area filmmakers Jed Riffe, Maureen Gosling, and Abby Ginzberg and an associate producer at Berkeley’s Center for Digital Storytelling. Years of social justice activism and professional experience as a mediator and immigration attorney enrich her approach to documentary filmmaking. A New Color is Morris’s first feature film.