The legacy of the United States is as much rooted in violence as it is in peace.
The recognition and acceptance of this violence is exemplified in memorials, parks, sites sanctioned by gatekeepers of a national consciousness, of a national narrative. Passing Grounds is an exploration into understanding this country’s legacy through an understated and deeply somber look at sites not memorialized by a traditional body of historians, but rather, an individual seeking to share how deeply beautiful, and deeply disturbing, revisiting our contemporary historical location can be….
Passing Grounds (working title) is the culmination of a 10-week road trip by filmmaker R.J. Lozada. Lozada traveled to close to 30 locations across the country, mostly alone. Lozada visited the sites of death of people of color who lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement, and the state, in 2014. Bypassing the traditional interview format of most documentaries, Lozada has created an atmospheric piece, a kind of mirror that reflects only what you see.
The project, which will be launched as both an installation and a ‘film,’ is slated to be completed in June 2016.
(Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair by Nina Simone)