Street Movies! @ Wharton Square Playground

Wednesday, August 17, 8:30PM
Location: Wharton Square Playground - 2300 Wharton Street
Rain Location: Wharton Square Playground Multi Purpose Room

Hosts: Wharton Square Playground, St. Simon the Cyrenian Church, and Neighbors In Action Association

Emcee: Dyana Williams

When We Came Up Here
dir. Tina Morton 

When We Came Up Here explores the emergence of the ‘Great Migration’ from the migrant’s perspective and voice, and the vital role The Philadelphia Tribune played in the migrant’s daily life. (USA, 2016, 12 min)


Victory Voices: Visions Anew, St. Paul’s Baptist Church/E. Luther Cunningham Community Center
by members of St. Paul’s Baptist Church and Scribe’s Precious Places Community History Project

Victory, Voices and Visions Anew is the story of St. Pauls Baptist Church/E. Luther Cunninghham Community Center's significant 100 year presence in Lower North Philadelphia at 10th and Wallace Streets. (USA, 2016, 9:00 min)

The Big Chop
dir. Derek Dow

A sweet comedy about how a child's love for her natural hair is shaken in adulthood. Starring Simone Missick, McKenzie Franklin, Kevin Kilumbu, and Chinedu​ Unaka. (USA, 2016, Narrative, 15:39 min)


On Time
dir. Xavier Burgin
A mother living in South Central LA, must make a difficult decision when she's late for her job interview. Starring Inger Tudor and Araija DaCosta. (USA, 2016, Narrative, 8:17 min)


A Job I Can Enjoy
dir. Milena Velis
Distributed by Media Mobilizing Project
As a leader in the growing movement for $15 and a union for fast food workers, Shymara Jones is making a way for her two-year-old son Jaden to have a better future. They’ve come a long way, but they know the movement won’t stop when they win the fight for $15. (USA, 2015, Documentary, 9:08 min)

Orisha’s Journey
dir. Abdul Ndadi
A fantasy tale of a girl's journey through the spirit world who must learn the importance of remembering one's roots (USA, 2014, Animation, 5:20 min)

Traffic Stop
dirs. Gina Kamentsky & Julie Zammarichi
Alex Landau recalls how he nearly lost his life following a traffic stop with the Denver police. He and his mother, Patsy, remember that night and how it changed them both forever.  A StoryCorps Production (USA, 2015, Animation, 3:18 min)


Our Lives Matter: Shatori
created by Shatori R. with 
Critical Exposure
A young athlete pays loving homage to her grandmother as she reflects on her own coming of age. (USA, 2015, Digital Story, 2:30 min)


Our Lives Matter: Yao 
created by Yao H. with Critical Exposure
Through prose and rhyme, a young musician confronts misconceptions about black men and his hometown of Washington, D.C. (USA, 2015, Digital Story, 2:31 min)



Street Movies! is made possible with support from PECO and National Recreation Foundation and with additional support from the City of Philadelphia's Performances in Public Spaces program managed by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.