First Friday documentary digs into Oakland's dueling reputations
The question of who should or should not be on any given street in Oakland came to a head recently at the city’s monthly First Friday Art Murmur event. In the past few years, First Friday has grown from a small art walk to a street party that attracts more than 20,000 people. And increasingly, they’re people who represent very different Oaklands: the one that the New York Times named one of the world’s top five cities to visit, and the one where 30 people have been murdered so far this year.
This past February, those worlds seemed to collide when 18-year-old Kiante Campbell was shot and killed at the event. Suddenly, the contrast between Oakland’s hip identity and its dangerous reputation was thrown into sharp relief. Oakland-based filmmakers N’Jeri Eaton and Mario Furloni are producing a documentary about the event called First Friday. KALW’s Holly Kernan sat down with the filmmakers to discuss the many sides of Oakland that come together at the monthly street festival.
Listen to the full interview above.
For more information about the film, visit the "First Friday" Facebook page.