Hub LA Lens Brings Social Issues to the Big Screen


New Screening Series Brings Social Good to the Big Screen

In between your trips this summer to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to catch a classic flick at Cinespia, stop by Hub LA for our new social good screening series, Hub LA Lens: Filming the Issues. Each month, Hub LA will screen a film that takes on a pressing social issue. Following each screening, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss the film with the filmmaker in an intimate setting. Check out what we have lined up for the next three months and mark your calendars!

In Just Us, filmmaker Nyjia July unpacks the epidemic of generational incarceration through the story of Joanna Hernandez, a community activist in San Francisco. A former teenage mother who spent many years in and out of jail, Hernandez co-founded the community group “Young Queens On The Rise” with the goal of helping at-risk youth avoid her mistakes. Her world is rocked when her own son is arrested for a serious crime. Just Us follows Hernandez to various court hearings, jail visits and town hall meetings. Although Hernandez is used to advocating for her clients, she has difficulty dealing with the magnitude of what could possibly happen to her son, the person closest in the world to her. How could this happen? Was her work in vain? What’s next? RSVP to the Just Us screening!


In June, come to the screening of the award-winning documentary Valentine Road. In this hauntingly complex documentary, filmmaker Marta Cunningham examines the murder of a queer 15-year-old and the ensuing trial of his troubled killer. At the height of the bullying scandal that rocked the U.S. in 2008, a 15-year-old boy named Larry King asked another boy to be his valentine in a suburban schoolyard in California. The next day Larry was dead, shot in cold blood by his 14-year-old crush Brandon McInerney. At turns shocking, devastating, and outrageous, Valentine Road bores deeply into the homophobia, sexism, racism, and class-struggle that inform everyday American life—and reveals an American justice system that is utterly unprepared to deal with the realities of teenage crime and punishment. RSVP for the June Valentine Road screening!

The film’s director, Marta Cunningham, will speak following the screening.

On July 25, come for a screening of director David Meyers’ directorial debut You Laugh But It’s True. The film follows South African comedian Trevor Noah as he is about to perform his first ever one-man show. Noah, the child of a racially mixed couple during Apartheid – a time when interracial relationships were forbidden, uses his background as the foundation for his comedy. In this film, we see the hurdles Noah faces as he launches his standup career: an underdeveloped comedy scene, criticism from other comics, lingering racial tension, and a shocking family tragedy. They pose a serious threat to the success of the show and to Trevor’s dream of performing on the global stage. Look out for an RSVP link soon!

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