By Donald Liebenson, Booklist Online
*Starred Review* “What price progress? That question and others are raised in this film-festival-winning documentary…Plenty of thought-provoking material for general-interest audiences as well as urban studies, sociology, and history students.”
By Peter Keough, Boston Globe
“Like Frederick Wiseman’s “In Jackson Heights,” Betsy Kalin’s documentary “East LA Interchange,” which won the best of festival jury award this year at the Arlington International Film Festival, takes an urban neighborhood and sees it as a microcosm of social and economic change in the United States.”
By Amy Nicholson – Film Review, LA Weekly
“The history of Boyle Heights is an example of the promise — and peril — of American progress. In her great new documentary East LA Interchange filmmaker Betsy Kalin whisks us through this fascinating past.”
By Ira Israel, The Huffington Post
Not just a story about one neighborhood, “East LA Interchange” is a funny, insightful and poignant documentary that will transform how you think about living in the United States today.
By Kim Baldonado, NBC4 Los Angeles - KNBC
Before it was sliced up by freeways and became the home of working-class immigrant Latinos, Boyle Heights, had a rich convergence of cultures.
By Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★—It’s [East LA Interchange] full of hope and joy…Boyle Heights is a fascinating place because it highlights so much of America’s potential and so many of the reasons why it has fallen short…it’s a place full of secret history.
By Nia Blessitt, Urban Democracy Lab
East LA Interchange offered me new perspectives about how I can process gentrification throughout America and within my own community…It taught me that multiculturalism should be valued, activism is important and effective, and community building means respecting people for their differences. Boyle Heights pushed me to redefine what an ‘all-American,’ neighborhood is.
By Tom Nguyen, EnclaveLA
In a time of increasing inequality, tension and divisiveness, and a political climate that once again relies on xenophobia and fear mongering of immigrants, the film and the lesson that Boyle Heights history teaches could not come at a better time.
By Bram Berkowitz, The Arlington Advocate
“Director Betsy Kalin’s documentary “East LA Interchange” explores the literal, symbolic and figurative impact of the interchange on the nearby working class, immigrant Boyle Heights neighborhood, and what the neighborhood’s past and future mean for the rest of America.”
By Austin Winter-Chase, The Art of Monteque
East LA Interchange is a wonderful documentary that honors the past and its rich history while showing a bright future for a place that was written off as nothing more than a slum. Betsy Kalin’s storytelling shines masterfully throughout this thoughtful and introspective documentary.
By Andrew S. Vargas, REMEZCLA
East L.A. Interchange…tell(s) the story of a neighborhood that somehow embodies all the contradictions and struggles of America’s urban communities over the last fifty years. We only hope that in 10 years this documentary is viewed as a victorious battle cry and not an elegy for a lost community.
By Adriane Hoff, Hoff the Beaten Path
East LA Interchange is an engaging film that ought to be viewed by not just LA residents, but by everyone, to help understand the sociological impact made on certain communities by developers and freeway construction.
By Rabbi Robin Podolsky, Jewish Journal
East L.A. Interchange teaches the possibility of an American dream far removed from suburban homogeneity. It tells of a place and time in which Latinos, Jews, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and self-described “rednecks” found a way to live with one another such that their own cultures thrived even as they evolved into a common American experience.
By Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine
By Daniel Barron, Yay! LA Magazine
East LA Interchange…is both a celebration of Boyle Heights’ rich multiethnic legacy and a call for reform.
By Jeremy Ross, Living Out Loud – LA
East LA Interchange is a critical documentary for those who wish to know about how Los Angeles developed, not just for those wishing to know about Boyle Heights in particular…
By Hope Wilkos, Pure Fame Media
“[East LA Interchange’s] theme could easily be applied to any large metropolitan area within the nation which falls victim to the rapid development of their region. It is a topic that deserves greater attention and investigation and Betsy drives the point home.
By Quendrith Johnson, Awards Intelligencer
No matter how you cast your ballot, cast your gaze toward East LA Interchange because it hints at a peaceful solution to the Gordian knot of fairness with regard to marginalized communities in terms of race, poverty, housing.
By Kris Kington-Barker, KCBX FM – Central Coast Public Radio
East LA Interchange documentary about Boyle Heights history premieres Sunday July 26 at Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles
By Tom Nguyen, EnClave Los Angeles
It is often said that one cannot understand the present without knowing the past. East LA Interchange is premiering during a very apt time…The film reminds us community solidarity and political activism in the face of many challenges has always been a part of Boyle Heights history.
By Mike Szymanski, LA School Report
A new documentary…is drawing the attention of educators as a way show how the East
LA neighborhood once stood as a monument to diversity and community strength.
By Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini, Comedy Film Nerds
By Betsy Kalin, L.A. TACO
I think that Boyle Heights’ story is the same story that many communities across the country are currently facing…Imagine what would happen in this country if everyone went back to their own communities with the same respect and pride that the people in Boyle Heights have for their neighborhood.
By Christine Coyle, Loomis Chaffee Magazine
It’s a cautionary, but hopeful, tale about how migration and displacement can affect a community.
By Antonio Mejías-Rentas, Boyle Heights Beat
By Bianca Barragan, Curbed LA
By Danny Jensen, LAist
By Aaron Sanchez and Kelly Dolan, KMET 1490 AM
By Elliot Hughes, GazetteXtra