We are Here: Filmmaker Chris Ivey on documenting under-served communities and gentrification in Pittsburgh
Screening and talk
Edward Street 105
Tuesday 21st May
No booking necessary.
Chris Ivey (hyperboyfilms.com/@hyperboymedia) is an award-winning filmmaker who started his career in the Pittsburgh advertising industry, then ventured into documentary filmmaking to address his own frustrations with racism and public policy in Pittsburgh and to serve as a conduit for its underserved black community. Chris is known internationally for his documentary series East of Liberty, which focuses on race, class and gentrification fears. Currently, Chris is completing his new film East of Liberty: Youth Rising, a film that interweaves the experiences of youth in Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Through the film, we hear from students first-hand about their own journeys and experiences involving teen pregnancy, gang-related activities and discussions focusing on their own futures.
Chris believes that media is an indispensable tool for reaching teens and that it is crucial for African-Americans to control the impact of media in their communities. Through the creative use of film, we can transform a culture engulfed in self-destructive media and create alternative visions that can lead black youth to success. He has produced video work for major clients including the Smithsonian Institute and the Ellen Show, and created a museum installation called “We Are Here: Finding Beauty In The Raw” that opened at the Mattress Factory Museum in May 2018. The exhibition tackles the history of racism through segregation and apartheid in the United States and South Africa. He is also a big supporter of every kid lemonade stand he sees and loves a good churrascaria.
Photo of Chris Ivey by Huny
Chris Ivey, Black Girl Magic, from We Are Here: Finding Beauty in the Raw (The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, 2018)