A journey into the hidden world of Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles
Documentary + Web Series, 2018 | 19:40
Written, Directed & Edited by John Moody
In the footsteps of many unique Angelenos, a down-on-her-luck woman finds a new identity in Pershing Square, a notoriously unloved space in Downtown Los Angeles.
Redemption Square explores how the design of public space can change a person's life. Begun as my masters thesis project at MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the story takes viewers into Pershing Square during five eras of its transformation—from its creation in 1866 through its impending redesign today—guided by the voices of people who spend their time there and those who fight to redesign it. It offers an alternative vision for public life in LA based on the diverse perceptions, memories, and identities that come together in the park every day.
I hope this project helps people imagine their own stories in this place, to discover the spirit of the park and of public life in the city. To set up a screening or help make the project more interactive or accessible, please contact me!