125 Franco’s Blvd.
When a community is in the process of development and gentrification, what happens to the art and culture that represents the people of that community? With colorful strokes, Franco the Great has been painting murals on the storefront roll-down gates (riot gates) on 125th Street in Harlem for 40 years. A rezoning legislation and recently passed city law threaten to remove those gates along with the art and culture that is painted on them. Who will step up and preserve Franco’s art in the wake of big plans to change Harlem?
Sia Nyorkor is a broadcast journalist who is passionate about covering all things related to the African Diaspora. Before earning a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Nyorkor worked as an associate producer at New Jersey Public Television & Radio where she earned a New York Emmy and CINE Golden Eagle for her work in documentary. Nyorkor also worked as a “backpack journalist” for MTV News, covering the 2008 presidential election.
Jacob Templin has been passionate about making documentary films since his first production in 2005, when he documented a trip he took across America with an uncle who was grappling to come to terms with his own mental health. He has produced and directed both short and feature length films, ranging in topics from welfare reform to HIV. In 2009, he completed his master’s degree at the Columbia School of Journalism and currently works as a video journalist at TIME.com.