Betsy Kalin is an award-winning producer/director/writer at Itchy Bee Productions and Bluewater Media. Betsy’s films have been honored with multiple awards at festivals around the world.
Her most recent documentary East LA Interchange was highlighted on NBC L.A. and has won ten jury and audience awards to date. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Los Angeles City Historical Society’s J. Thomas Owen Award for illuminating L.A. history.
She is a featured speaker at conferences, universities, film festivals and community events, and some of her other films include, Hearts Cracked Open, Before Homesexuals, Chained, and CLICK.
East LA Interchange follows the evolution of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights from multicultural to predominantly Latino and a center of Mexican-American culture. Boyle Heights was once far more diverse than most U.S. cities; Latinos, Asians, African-Americans, and the largest settlement of Jews west of Chicago lived and worked together side by side. Targeted by government policies, real estate laws and California planners, the neighborhood survived the building of the largest and busiest freeway interchange system in North America. Will Boyle Heights, like many cities across the country, survive the next round of challenges from development and gentrification?
Brent and Frankie had an amazing interview with Betsy who is very engaging and dynamic.
This is an incredibly important film that will be of interest to anyone who is interested in socio economic issues, diversity, gentrification and how to stop the process of displacing groups of people based on income.