Meet The Founder of The Bushwick Collective- An Outdoor Street Gallery

Published on Tribecafilm.com Jun 3, 2015

Selection of the 2015 BUSHWICK SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 

Bred in Brooklyn, Ficalora is the founder of the Bushwick Collective, a community of artists who’ve turned the borough’s Bushwick section in a haven for visually stunning and inherent gritty street art. Walk down a Bushwick block and you’re likely to be stepping alongside one of the Collective’s pieces, and you’ll likely gain inspiration as a result. That’s Ficalora’s hope, at least. Like many of the city’s native sons, Ficalora has endured through heavy trauma—his father was murdered outside the local train station when Joe was in the 8th grade, and watched his mother battle through sickness. Through street art, though, he’s been able to cope. And now he wants others to feel the same way.

VIDEO EDITING AND PRODUCTION BY AMANDA MARTINEZ

WHITE GOLD: TRACING COTTON AND FASHION IN AFRICA

PUBLISHED MAY 2010

This is the story of how African fashion entrepreneurs could bring new life to Mali's dying cotton production. Mali is one of the largest countries in Africa and also one of the poorest countries in the World. Half the population lives below the international poverty line and a third of the population depend on cotton to survive.

US cotton Subsidies which began in 2001 have had a huge impact on world prices for cotton in Africa, particularly Mali. This has led to a decline in cotton farming for a country that is dependent on cotton production for growing subsistence crops (food) and social services like schools and housing.
 

FILM PRODUCED, FILMED AND EDITED BY AMANDA MARTINEZ

LOCATIONS: SOUTH AFRICA and MALI