Free screening of “La Loma (Or the Place Sometimes Called Hungry Hill)”

For more than 50 years students on their way to Austin’s Eastside Memorial High School have carved unsanctioned paths through a wooded greenbelt, crossing creeks and railroad tracks in an effort to get to school.

Still from the video “La Loma (Or The Place Sometimes Called Hungry Hill).” Lacking a safe and direct path to school, many students at Eastside Memorial High navigate paved waterways, part of ad hoc trail developed over decades.
Still from the video “La Loma (Or The Place Sometimes Called Hungry Hill).” Lacking a safe and direct path to school, many students at Eastside Memorial High navigate paved waterways, part of ad hoc trail developed over decades.

The history of the trails through those overlooked greenbelt areas became the subject of a short documentary film, “La Loma (Or The Place Sometimes Called Hungry Hill),” which premiered in April as part of the Fusebox performance festival.

The film spotlights the jarring contrast between how the rich and the poor in Austin live, suggesting that years of inequity have created an unfair distribution of resources.

Theater artist Carra Martinez and filmmaker Deborah S. Esquenazi collaborated on the film and recruited two Eastside juniors, Isaac Reyes and Joseph Sanchez, to capture their journeys to and from school.

“In Austin’s constant celebration of itself, so much is hidden or ignored,” said Martinez, in a front page story in the American- Statesman. “We wanted to illuminate a chapter of what’s been hidden.”

There’s a free screening of “La Loma” at 6:30 p.m. Wedsnesday, Aug. 26 at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St. The screening is followed by a panel discussion.

“La Loma” is trenchant, illuminating short film that deftly addresses crucial issues facing a rapidly-growing Austin.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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