A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone

  • Arc of Justice Arc of Justice


Castro Theatre Fri, Jul 29, 2016 11:00 AM
Roda Theatre Thu, Aug 4, 2016 1:50 PM
Film Info
Director(s):Mo Morris
Editor(s):Maureen Gosling
Cinematographer:Peggy Peralta
Country:United States
Year of Production:2015
Running Time:57 min.
Take Action
African American


Co-Sponsored by Wareham Development in honor of the Berkeley FILM Foundation.

This film is part of Take Action Day: Repairing the World One Film at a Time on July 29th. The daylong film line up embodies the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam - which suggests humanity's shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world. This day will screen films in collaboration with local organizations to inspire action on the issues presented in the films.

Bay Area artist and activist Edythe “Edy” Boone is a sprightly septuagenarian who seems only to gain energy over the years. A celebrated muralist and painter, Boone has left her mark on the impressive walls of the San Francisco Women’s Building “Maestrapiece” and on the tough, tear-tinged faces of the city’s “We Remember” AIDS tribute, while also painting vibrant portraits that hang in homes and galleries. Born in New York, she was raised for a few years by Jewish foster parents before rejoining her family in the Baptist church community. In the late 1970s she moved west to raise her own children in Berkeley. From Reagan-era racism to the chokehold death of her nephew Eric Garner at the hands of New York police, Boone has lived through tremendous strife. Since she was a girl, she has aspired “to develop a new color no one has seen in life,” and this film captures the artist’s unflagging determination in every frame. —Zoe Pollak

Preceded by Arc of Justice, Dir. Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman.

Director Mo Morris and Subject Edythe Boone in person.
Directors Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman (Arc of Justice) in person.

Included Shorts

Arc of Justice (22min) More