This year’s Lummis Day Film Night, entitled “LA Stories,” will present two films about young people who address adversity through art. “The Crumbles” and “From Invisible to Invincible,” depict youngsters coming of age and using music and art as pathways to fulfillment. The filmmakers will be in attendance.
Filmed in and around the streets of Northeast Los Angeles and featuring a soundtrack by Lummis Day veteran musician Quetzal Flores, “The Crumbles” is an indie rock slice-of life tragicomedy about Darla, an overly serious musician whose stagnant life is shaken up when her long-lost best friend Elisa shows up and crashes on her couch… indefinitely. Free-spirited, charming and musically gifted, Elisa seems the perfect partner for the band that Darla has long wanted to form, but insecurity, heartache, and oversized egos all work against them. “The Crumbles” was written and directed by Akira Boch, who earned his graduate degree at UCLA Film School after gaining early experience with the renowned Teatro Campesino. “The Crumbles” won the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and earned a Best Supporting Actress” nomination for cast member Teresa Michelle Lee from the National Film Society Awards. Running time for “The Crumbles is 75 minutes.
Preceding “The Crumbles” the Lummis Day Foundation will present “From Invisible to Invincible,” a documentary that tells the story of six homeless youths and their journey through the Los Angeles streets to end their personal cycle of chronic homelessness. Using art created by each of the six young men, the film chronicles their life on the streets and their successful struggles to transform them. All six of the subjects are clients of Jovenes Inc., an organization that provides housing and other essential services to homeless and at-risk Los Angeles youth. Running time for “Invisible to Invincible” is 46 minutes.
The screenings will take place Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium of the Wellness Center, the newly opened office and community space located within the Los Angeles’ historic General Hospital complex (1200 North State Street). The Center offers comfortable seating within a re-designed interior and ample parking. For those who wish to skip the drive, a free shuttle bus will be provided between the Senior Center in Highland Park (15 minutes away) and the Center, courtesy of Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar.
Tickets for the event are $15. You can order tickets online at http://www.lummisday.org or, for more information, call Bob Kieft (323-259-2504).
All proceeds will support this year’s Lummis Day Festival, which is scheduled for June 5 -7, 2015.