The premier of Neighbor By Neighbor was held last night, in Callahan Hall at the Lewiston Public Library. Played to a full house, Neighbor By Neighbor was emotional, funny, endearing, and empowering. The film was an inspiring portrayal of the differences a group of neighbors can make in the shaping of their own community. These residents saw a negative impact bearing down on their neighborhood, and rather than step aside and say "What a shame", the joined hands, stood up, and said "No." Their neighborhood was worth saving, and they saved it.
They worked, talked, organized, networked, and just plain walked the neighborhood to stop a road from being built. A road that would have displaced 850 low income residents from their homes. They got a member of their community elected to City Council to give them a voice on the council. They lobbied the city to replace a local park and playground that the city had taken down. The Visible Community meets every Tuesday, and is continuing its work to improve life for downtown Lewiston residents. For more info, please feel free to comment or email.
Neighbor By Neighbor
Jessy Kendall speaking last night about the film, and about The Visible Community.
The full length documentary, Neighbor By Neighbor: Mobilizing an Invisible Community in Lewiston, Maine will premiere a week from today. The film is put out by Craig Saddlemire/Round Point Movies and The Visible Community. It follows a group of Lewiston residents as they organize themselves into a community action group dedicated to bettering the city for downtown residents.
The showing will be at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday on the 4th floor of the Lewiston Public Library. It runs about 2 hours and there will be a discussion afterward. It was made about local people, by a local filmmaker, is narrated by local youth, and the soundtrack is local music. It's awesome (and did I mention LOCAL?). Hope to see people there!