A first-time filmmaker, Producer/Director Judy Branfman, has a broad background in the arts and community outreach, including working on large character-based mixed-media installation projects about LA’s garment workers, LA’s labor history, and Boston’s history of community development activism.
For over 25 years Judy has done arts, educational, planning, and outreach projects with non-profits, unions, and municipalities on gender, labor, immigrant-rights, and diverse community development issues. She has taught labor and social justice-related courses for freshmen at UCLA – and produced large community-based events focusing on LA’s multi-ethnic and labor history.
A native Angelino, I turned to filmmaking to pursue a hidden family story that reveals a history of free speech - and the roots of my own activism. I have a broad background in the arts, including large mixed-media installations about LA’s garment workers and labor history and Boston’s history of community development activism.
I’ve done extensive interviewing and research on LA’s historic Jewish and multi-cultural neighborhood, Boyle Heights, where this film takes place, and organized several events on the area’s multi-ethnic labor history. For over 30 years I’ve done arts, writing, outreach and education, and planning projects of my own and with non-profits, unions, and municipalities – and taught LA-centric labor and social justice-related courses.
I recently co-edited Public Los Angeles, a continuation of my work telling stories of activism, especially in LA and going back through to the early 20th century. I’m a Research Affiliate with UCLA’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.
Children of hotel workers at the Fast for Justice, 12/10/2006