Thursday, November 26, 2009

The legacy of Avery Clayton

Avery Clayton director of the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum passed away today. A great loss for our city. He was a visionary who worked hard to bring into shape the establishment of one of the most important Afro-American repositories in the U.S.

This repository of books, documents, correspondence, photographs and films, had been built for decades by his mother Mayme Agnew Clayton, a librarian who understood the importance rescuing Afro-American history by way of amassing such a unique and impressive collection.

It is very sad to see such a vibrant person pass away at such a young age. I am left with his optimism, and exemplary talent for bringing dreams into reality.

May he rest in peace and may his family continue the legacy of Agnew Clayton.

For more info. about Avery's life story click here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Con el Pin Pin Pin de San Agustin

by Alejandra Espasande Bouza

What visual referents do you find when you visit the Chinatown area in L.A.? This is my perspective. A two minute documentary sketch recorded on Oct. 11, 2009.

It was made for a film class taught by the great Marina Goldovskaya. I employed a very unique music piece. A mixture of Cuban Chinese trumpet "corneta" and drums, rooted in the carnivals celebrated in the city of Santiago de Cuba (Cuba). This theme is titled "Con su Pin Pin Pin,"performed by the Comparsa San Agustin. Enjoy!