How Many Lives Documentary
Screening at Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City
SUNDAY, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
We couldn’t be more honored to announce that “How Many Lives?” documentary has been welcomed into the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City! It’s going to be an amazing event so please stop by and show your support and enjoy the festival! We’re very excited to have our film screened in the beautiful Landmark Loew’s Theater, 56 Journal Square, Jersey City NJ. The festival runs from September 20-23.
“How Many Lives?” will screen Sunday the 23rd from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can buy tickets at the link below.
In working with fine artists Duda Penteado and Catherine Hart, the students depict numerous well-publicized killings and mass murders, some are local and deeply personal, others have occurred across the country. Some of the images the students chose to depict in the mural include victims from the Pulse Night Club shooting, Columbine, and the Aurora movie theatre, as well as the murders of Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, and Jersey City Police Officer, Melvin Santiago.
The project is part of the Jersey City Mural Arts Program (JCMAP), Mayor Fulop’s initiative created in 2013 as part of the city’s anti-graffiti efforts which has so far resulted in over 100 large-scale murals painted throughout the city by a mix of local, national and international artists.
Each summer, JCMAP offers mural opportunities to Jersey City’s emerging young artists aged 11-24. The youth work in teams and are paired with professional public artists who provide step-by-step instruction on public art techniques, including concept development, color selection, surface preparation, design enlargement and coherence, paint application, and preservation techniques.
Art Students selected to participate on the MURAL Project :
Luc Paul Adams, Stardaysha Santos, Abimalec Barr, Maryam Jamal, Maya Sanders, Ria Monga, Chrisonia DeCosta, Kyla McBride, Hiyasmine Gaskins, Diane Del Rosario, Jamilla Harris, Branden Pancham, Lauren McKenzie-Lindo, Klaude DeCastro, Saidah Abdulkarim, Dynaya Walker, Giovanni Ortiz, Isaha Parmalee, Franyelly Rodriguez, Jesika Galvis, Jesenya Galvis, Jorelle Rea, Alex McBride, Dallas Wilkins, Bukola Adeleye.
The documentary takes us on a metaphorical train ride throughout Jersey City on the Hudson County Light Rail system, where each station stop represents a significant phase in the artists’ exploration of gun violence. In this journey, they not only discuss their views and feelings, but we are also provided insight by influential policymakers and citizens of Jersey City; insights into the history, political dynamics, and everyday implications of an American gun culture. Among those interviewed in the documentary are:
Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City / Rev. Joshua Rodriquez, Ph.D., Jersey City Police Department Chaplain / Carlos Hernandez, Ph.D., President Emeritus, New Jersey City University / Steven J. McGill, Jersey City Fire Department Chief / Ann Marley, Jersey City Public Schools, Visual Arts Department/ James R. Shea, City of Jersey City, Public Safety Director / Alvin D. Pettit, Director, Bethune Center/ Brooke Hansson, Jersey City Mural Project Director – JCMAP / Meenakshi Dash, Secretary to the Jersey City Public Arts Advisory Board & Co – Director JCMAP / Felipe Rose, The Village People Fame /Sandra B. Cunningham, New Jersey State Senator
Through the artistic process in creating the mural, the artists’ discussions about their creation and its impact on them, as well as the observations and experiences of those interviewed, we are all beckoned to approach the question of what led to the emergence of an American gun culture and why have we been unable or unwilling to solve this most pressing social, political, and human tragedy.