The John M. Pfau Library at Cal State San Bernardino continues its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a movie screening and lecture of “Living on the Dime: A View of the World from Along the I-10.”
The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Pfau Library room 4004 from noon -2 p.m. Admission is free and parking is complimentary by stopping at the kiosk on University Parkway.
Presented by Antonio Gonzalez Vasquez, a Redlands native and documentary historian and filmmaker, the film depicts the stories of families living along Interstate 10 whose lives were changed by the construction of the longest freeway in the United States.
Two other films by Vasquez, “99 Before the Dime” and “21st Century Boomtown,” will also be screened.
“99 Before the Dime” looks back at California Highway 99, which played a major role in shaping towns across the West coast. The film features stories of Inland Empire residents who lived and worked along what was formerly known as U.S. Highway 99 and the efforts of activists Virginia Geil and Ray Abril Jr., who were trying to preserve the history of their communities on the fabled road.
A third film, “21st Century Boomtown,” explores the new suburban frontier of the rural communities of Cabazon, Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa and Yucaipa engulfing the San Gorgonio Pass. The film portrays rural America in the midst of seemingly unstoppable and rapid change, according to Vasquez. A photo exhibit and presentation of “Mexican Heritage of Inland Southern California” will accompany the films.
Vasquez, a third-generation Mexican American, has focused on issues of cultural and ethnic identity, environmental and social justice, migration and community development.
His passion for documenting historical moments began in 1994, when he created the Redlands Oral History Project, an oral memoir and photo archive collection that brings to light the neglected histories of Mexican barrios in the Inland Empire. Shortly after, he received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities, which produced the exhibition and program series, “Visions and Versions.”
Vasquez founded Inland Mexican Heritage in 2001 to promote community-based scholarship and to further develop and produce media projects. He then received a second grant from CCH to produce the three-year environmental and cultural research documentary about the effects of the Interstate 10 freeway on communities across inland Southern California.
In 2006, he founded Panchebek Media to develop and produce documentary videos and multimedia projects. To date, Vasquez has produced seven documentary films and his works have been published in the Inlandia Institute’s anthology. In addition, he is the co-author of a new pictorial history, “Mexican Americans in Redlands.”
A book signing will be held of all his publications. Books and DVDs of the films will be available for purchase at the event. For more information about the lecture, contact Iwona Contreras at CSUSB at (909) 537-5102 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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