Alice Street

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Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:66 min.
Director:Spencer Wilkinson
Cinematographer:Demondre Ward
Ayse Gursoz
Spencer Wilkinson
Print Source:Endangered Ideas Media
Note Writer:Chris Feil


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the United States.


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Bursting with a rich sense of local history and artistic expression, Alice Street is crafted with great pride for the city of Oakland by Bay Area filmmaker Spencer Wilkinson (One Voice, MVFF41), documenting a downtown mural project from start to finish as it is overtaken by the construction of new high-rise condominiums. As their identity is threatened, the locals collaborate to preserve their home. With testimony from a diverse group of artists and performers, Wilkinson passionately examines the many ways in which gentrification silences neighborhoods and breeds inequality across the system. As we hear from those who are not included in the city’s vision of development and change, Alice Street reveals Oakland as a microcosm of what is happening across the American landscape, disproportionately affecting the sustainability of communities of color. While showing the power of art to unite communities, the film makes a plea for preserving our cities and their many voices within, and warns of the forces that aim to overrun them.

Thank you to our Community Partners Berkeley Film Foundation and Marin Arts!

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Additional Information

After a decade working in disenfranchised communities supporting gang-involved and homeless youth, Spencer founded Endangered Ideas, a documentary film production company based in Oakland, California. Spencer directed One Voice: Story of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (2019) selected by PBS’ Truly CA 2020 series, voted one of the “Best Movies of the East Bay” in 2019 and premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2018. Spencer is the director of Alice Street, selected by the 2020 Newport Beach Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, DOCUTAH, and Brighton Rocks. He is currently directing the documentary, The Day Before Hip Hop.