Last night we were honored to screen Out of Deepwood in the Angelika Film Center as part of a partnership with Earth Day TX and TEDxSMU. We had great discussions with folks during a reception preceding the film, talking about our Know Your Neighborhood & Draw Your Neighborhood tools and collecting Neighborhood Stories interviews - keep your eyes out for those in the coming weeks!Read More
It’s been an awesome few months for Out of Deepwood! Since the community sneak preview at the Trinity River Audubon Center in September, the film has played in several film festivals. On October 15, Out of Deepwood premiered to the general public as part of Dallas VideoFest 27, as part of a block of films hosted by the South Dallas Cultural Center, which included 50 Years, The New South Dallas, and Dawn. This was a great experience for us, giving us an opportunity to bring this story to a wider audience, while still focused on southern Dallas.
Following Dallas VideoFest, we released the film free online, and were excited to receive an Award of Merit from the Best Shorts Competition. Even more exciting, we had the opportunity to share this story across the nation in February, as we were accepted to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana, and the Big Muddy Film Festival at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
DVDs of the film are currently for sale at the Trinity River Audubon Center for around $5. We are committed to providing this film for all who want to see it, so the DVDs are being sold at-cost for those who would like a physical copy of the film.
Currently, we are participating in the Audience Awards, an online film competition that awards prizes based on the votes that a film receives. Be sure to vote for us over the next few days, but also take the opportunity to view some of the other great work featured in the competition!
We look forward to continuing to share this story as an example of neighborhood activism leading to real, positive change.
What people are saying:
- "'Out of Deepwood' Powerfully Recounts Southeast Dallas Neighbors' Fight Against Massive Illegal Dump." - Sharon Grigsby, Dallas Morning News
- “If you watch one 23-minute documentary about a former illegal Dallas dump today, make it director Craig Weflen’s terrific Out of Deepwood." - Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Morning News
- “A solid look at a well-kept secret both beautiful and horrendous.” - Gary Dowell, Theater Jones
- “Invaluable perspective on the events, old and new, that have greatly impacted the city, south of downtown.” - Chris Mosley, D Magazine
Out of Deepwood, our first Neighborhood Stories film of its scale, has been released online for free. The film tells the story of the Trinity River Audubon Center, which today is a place of discovery, education, and tranquility. Yet this location, adjacent to a middle-class African-American neighborhood, has not always been so peaceful. For a quarter century, the City of Dallas turned a blind eye to over two million cubic yards of trash being dumped illegally. This is the story of the precedent-setting environmental law case Cox v. City of Dallas, Texas, the reclamation of land, and a neighborhood’s fight for justice.
The goal of our Neighborhood Stories initiative is to strengthen awareness of our city, celebrate the diverse places that give it character and texture, and create a platform for active dialogue about its history and future. The story of the Deepwood neighbors is a prime example of what can happen when a neighborhood isn’t given the attention it needs and how difficult it is for some neighborhoods to get this attention. The Deepwood neighbors protested for 25 years, but nothing changed until the courts got involved. Deepwood points to the need to fight against a “it’s not my neighborhood” attitude, as the results - social, economic, environmental, legal - can be devastating for an entire city. While an extreme example, Deepwood is a cautionary tale for any city and its citizens.
Check out what other people are saying, and learn more about the film:
- "'Out of Deepwood' Powerfully Recounts Southeast Dallas Neighbors' Fight Against Illegal Dump" - Sharon Grigsby, Dallas Morning News
- "If you watch one 23-minute documentary about a former illegal Dallas dump today, make it director Craig Weflen’s terrific Out of Deepwood." - Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Morning News
- "...invaluable perspective on the events, old and new, that have greatly impacted the city, south of downtown." - Chris Mosley, D Magazine
- "A solid look at a well-kept secret both beautiful and horrendous." - Gary Dowell, Theater Jones
- bcWORKSHOP Releases 'Out of Deepwood' Film - Impact Design Hub
On September 19, 2014, Out of Deepwood was screened for residents of the surrounding community at a sneak preview event, hosted at the Trinity River Audubon Center. After the screening, a panel discussion was held with key players from the film, including Shirley Davidson, Mike Daniel, Jan Sanders, Ben Jones, and producer Craig Weflen. The panel was moderated by Shawn P. Williams.
After months in production, Out of Deepwood is finished! This is the first Neighborhood Stories film of its scale, and we're excited to share the film with everyone. First, however, the neighborhood deserves a sneak peek! The film will be screened for the Shady Hills/Pleasant Grove community on September 19th at the Trinity River Audubon Center. Check out the Trailer below.