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Crosscurrents

What lies beneath Emeryville’s Bay Street shopping mall

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Photo courtesy of http://www.shellmoundthemovie.com/
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Just off Shellmound Street in Emeryville, an outdoor mall sits on prime real estate. It’s north of a maze of highways leading to the Bay Bridge. A quarter of a million drivers pass within honking distance every single day. While the Bay Street "Urban Village" was only established in the 21st century, the land it sits on has a very rich past. Rich enough to warrant a documentary film that uncovers several layers of unusual history. KALW’s Ben Trefny joined filmmaker Andres Cediel at Bay Street Emeryville to talk about his documentary "Shellmound" and find out what lies beneath the surface of this shopping mall.

This interview originally aired on June 5, 2005.

Ben was hired as Interim Executive Director of KALW in November, 2021.