In the footsteps of many unique Angelenos, a down-on-her-luck woman finds a new identity in Pershing Square, a notoriously unloved space in downtown Los Angeles.
More info/trailer: moodyfilm.com/redemption-square
Watch as mini-episodes: Redemption Square
Best Film, Documentary Short Film Fest, LA, CA (2019)
Best Documentary Short, DTLA Film Festival, LA, CA (2018)
Finalist, Architecture & Design Film Festival, NY, NY (2018)
Best Urban Design Film, Better Cities Film Fest LA, CA (2017)
In response to a major civic effort to completely redesign Downtown LA's problem child of a public square, Redemption Square shifts the focus of the design conversation to explore how public space can change a person's life. Begun as John Moody's masters thesis project at MIT, the film takes viewers into Pershing Square during five eras of its transformation—from its creation in 1866 through its impending redesign today—guided by the voices of people who spend their time there and those who fight to redesign it. It offers an alternative vision for public life in LA based on the diverse perceptions, memories, and identities that come together in the park every day.
I hope this film helps people to imagine their own stories in this place, to discover the spirit of the park and of public life in the city. To set up a screening or help make the project more accessible, please contact me.
Directed by John Moody
Starring Lisa Biagiotti & Lorraine Morland
Original Music by Nick Myers & Colin Yarck
Sound Design by Colin Yarck
Graphic Design by John Cranston
Cinematography by Drew Ganyer & Garrett Lamb
Produced by Anne Whiston Spirn
An Invisible Cities Studio & MIT DUSP Production