After The LockDown: Black In LA
After the Lockdown: Black in LA is a documentary that will give a voice to those who were widely ignored by the media and government during this tragedy: Black Angelenos in all walks of life -- but mainly those who cannot work or operate their businesses for 30 days or more. After the lockdown, will their business even survive? This lockdown can result in sweeping gentrification with many poor and low-income Blacks leaving their homes and businesses in order to start over elsewhere.
The documentary will be divided into segments, with each part led by a different director. The family of directors includes honorary Oscar winner Charles Burnett, his son Jonathan (a recent film school graduate), and award-winning director Joy Shannon (Jonathan’s Aunt).
The 2019-2020 coronavirus (COVID-19) is a pandemic. In 2020, from January to March, the Trump administration issued severe restrictions nationwide, and by March 21st, Governor Gavin Newsom took the unprecedented action of locking down the entire state of California with nearly 40 million residents for at least 30 days. The mayor of Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti, followed suit by doubling the lockdown at a city level for Los Angeles, with a population of over 3 million people. The media has been covering the medical situation non-stop, but something few are talking about is the financial hit of such actions to the ‘little guy’ and ‘little woman’. Corporations and the wealthy will bounce back better than ever once it is all over, but what about those who were financially struggling long before?
We deserve to be heard!
The road ahead concerning COVID-19 is uncertain, but we are filmmakers who want the rest of the world to know that the population of nearly 400,000 Blacks in LA has a voice. We have been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and the official lockdown. We do and always will matter.