"On The Hill" Production
On March 21, 2014, Alex Nieto, a San Francisco native and City College scholarship student was killed by San Francisco police officers at Bernal Hill Park. 59 bullets were fired. After a Federal Civil Rights trial, police officers were cleared of accusations of excessive force. No one was held accountable. As a result, the Justice 4 Alex Nieto Movement inspired the Mission District community to come together to demand justice. Loco Bloco decided to use its youth Artivist Project featuring youth under 24 years old to tell the story of Alex Nieto through a multimedia theater production called On The Hill. Loco Bloco artivists spent over year working with playwright Paul S. Flores, conducting interviews and research to document the Nieto case, while developing an awareness of a critical social justice moment in San Francisco.
Written with and directed by award winning playwright Paul S. Flores, On The Hill aims to use performance art to tell the story of the death of Alex Nieto at the hands of the SFPD and the impact it has had on youth of color. By using live music, dance, theater and video to tell this story, On The Hill will serve as a powerful tool for communities divided by issues of police violence, racism, gentrification and economic disparity to find ways to dialogue & discover opportunities for solutions, healing and unification.
On The Hill documents two years of activities from March 2014-March 2016, between the time of Alex Nieto’s death and the Federal trial. On The Hill illustrates the impact of this tragedy on the Nieto family, and highlights the ways in which a combination of gentrification and police harassment has eroded police and community relationships. We believe this production can inspire us to be more creative about civic leadership, while presenting young artists’ voices as the truth and sacredness of our currently charged moment in time.
We need your help to give our youth & community a positive, empowering way to express, process and heal using their own traditions and practices.
Your contribution will help us cover production expenses directly related to the world premiere of On The Hill at Brava Theater and subsequent tours to local schools. Production costs including venue rental, technical production needs, set materials and construction, costumes and documentation. $5000 will have a significant impact in paying for the production costs. All additional funds raised over the minimum will be used to support the project’s artist fees.
On The Hill has received support from the Rainin Foundation and The Zellerbach Foundation. It is being Co-directed by Paul S. Flores and Eric Reid, with musical composition by Pedro Gomez, choreography by Akemi Smoot, lighting design by Cathie Anderson, sound design by Carlos Gutierrez, video projection design by Saluzdina Banderas.
October 27-30, 2016 - 7:30pm
Brava Theater Center: 2781 24th Street, SF CA 94110
For tickets & info: www.brava.org
How artists in San Francisco are keeping the questionable police killing of a young Latino alive