I am in the post-production phase of creating a documentary I'm calling "City as Canvas: Above the Free Walls ."
The mission of this documentary film is to encourage youth and graffiti enthusiasts to paint on legal graffiti walls, to motivate them to contribute to public and mural art. In showing this documentary, I hope to bring more legal walls to cities and communities and work toward crafting more community understanding and harmony when it comes to graffiti as an art.
The Legal Graffiti Movement:
Modica Way was founded in 2007 as a legal graffiti workspace and public exhibition area. It showcases the talent of extraordinary street artists who have transformed the alley into a walkway of uncommon creativity. People have long used public space to air social concerns. In their own creative ways, the talented street artists of this graffiti alley express their awareness of social justice and other such issues where the public can freely appreciate them.
Talented though they might be, most street artists are undiscovered and unknown. One of the film’s protagonists, Jeremy, hopes fervently to enter the realm of public art. His day job is as a chef, but he sees his pursuits in art as an opportunity for outreach to the wider public. He aspires toward public art so that someday his work can be shown to people for longer than the few hours it might last in Modica Way.
Former Project Experience:
I have directed and produced another documentary called "Grolier Poetry Book Shop: The Last Sacred Place of Poetry .” The Grolier is the oldest continuously running poetry bookshop in the United States, selling only poetry and poetry-related reviews. The documentary raises awareness of the cultural value of the bookstore and I hope it helps to keep the bookstore continue.
What I'm Asking From You:
Currently, the project is stuck in the editing stage. I really need your help and support with the editing stage to the finish line.
Funds raised in this fundraiser will go to:
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Folks who support this fundraiser in $25 will get a graffiti postcard. up to $50 will get a DVD once the film release. All donor's name will add to thanks credit list.
Donate today to support independent, women-of-color-led filmmaking, and help the legal graffiti movement. The city has been spending millions to clean illegal graffiti, we need more legal walls for all the talented graffiti artists working out there and wanting to create beautiful art.
To find out more about the documentary, feel free to visit the website
Director/Producer Olivia Weiying Huang is a director and producer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a background in fine arts and graphic design. Her documentary "Grolier Poetry Book Shop " has been screened at many festivals such as the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, North Beach Film Festival, World Premiere Film Awards, Barcelona Planet Film Festival, AltFF Alternative Film Festival, and others.
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