The East Twelfth Street Merchants Association and Souly Austin are hosting the premiere documentary screening of the archival film, “Reflections on a Legacy: East 12th Street,” on Saturday, Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m. at Mission: Possible Austin, 1190 Chicon St.
The screening, a special feature of the 3rd Annual East 12th Street Return and Discover Festival, launches the East 12th Street Living Archive initiative and serves as its initial installation. The archive will document the cultural history and heritage of the business district and the community’s archive will be housed at Huston-Tillotson University.
“Reflections on a Legacy: East 12th Street” captures the powerful stories of three long-time East Austin residents—Volma Overton, Jr., Diane Gilmore Lang and Margaret Wright—as they reflect on their experience of the street as a center of commerce and culture for the African-American community. Their recollections impart how this historic business district profoundly influenced their lives growing up in East Austin and provides the context of the current conditions of the corridor for the community.
The film was commissioned by ETSMA and curated and produced by Stephanie L. Lang, Funmi Ogunro and Rachel E. Winston. “Through personal accounts, archival images, and cinematography, ‘Reflections on a Legacy’ paints a moving and provoking account of East 12th street and the important role it played in the larger East Austin narrative,” said Winston.
Austin City Council Member Ora Houston, representatives from HTU and ETSMA will kick-off the screening, followed by a discussion including the curators, artists, and representatives of the ETSMA. The Sounds of E. 12th Street, curated by Michael Corcoran and friends, will also play throughout the district.
Other featured activities of the fest include an Acton Children’s Business Fair, Altatudes Fashion Showcase, performances by local artists, and food and drink specials.