Josh Chitwood, filmmaker: "North MPLS is not a 'sketchy hood'"

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Screenshot from "Welcome to North," a short film by Josh Chitwood and Morgan Jensen
A short documentary film that will be featured in a local festival next month combats the stereotyping of North Minneapolis.

Josh Chitwood, one of the filmmakers involved, posted the film on Vimeo last week with the hope that "this piece communicates that north mpls is not a 'sketchy hood', but a neighborhood where families and myself live life together and have true community."

The film features a diverse ensemble of residents speaking over rich images of the area's brick-wall murals and parks and homes.

"You find what you're looking for," one old timer says, "and if you're looking for trouble you probably will find it. But if you're looking for goodness, and your mind is open to that, you're gonna find that."

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D.A. Bullock, a fellow filmmaker and northsider, called the three-minute film "beautiful."

Those who attend the Nov. 14 screening and award ceremony at the Riverview Theater are eligible to vote. A people's choice award will be handed out in addition to prizes from the festival.

Judge for yourself:

welcome to north// documentary film from Josh Chitwood on Vimeo.


-- Email Jesse Marx at jmarx@citypages.com or follow him on Twitter at @marxjesse



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10 comments
yeah
yeah

this trailer is painfully cliche. The music, the long, brooding shots of city buildings, the disembodied voices coming in. work of a total hack. 

keny1
keny1

They should have filmed this documentary at 3 a.m. on a Friday night. That's the REAL Norf Minneapolis.

Jemstone
Jemstone

Yea...nice film, but I live in North and can't wait to move. I'm harassed almost daily for money...have even had people come to my door begging for money. I'm poor too, leave me alone! Not to mention my husband and I have both had our cars broken into, I have heard gunshots right outside my house in the street, watched drug deals go on outside my house, hear police sirens all throughout the day every day, and there is so much litter...everywhere. People don't respect their own yards, your yards, streets, or anything. Nice try, but the stereotypes are not that far fetched.

Candi Olson
Candi Olson

whatever, cant even sit outside and smoke for 2 minutes without some ass hole walking by and talking random unsolicited shit to you.

John Fena
John Fena

right!! don't take it from folks who actually live here, what do we know!

Jolene Hendrickson
Jolene Hendrickson

I bet no one has ever driven through North Mpls and see all the drug dealers on every corner, random gun shots and all the welfare momma's getting everything for free!!!!

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

What was that kid doing swinging at that garbage pitch?

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