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New documentary celebrates San Francisco muralist Edythe Boone

Under CC license from Flickr user Franco Folini
Edythe Boone's mural "Those We Love We Remember" in the Mission.

Documentary filmmaker Mo Morris has a background in immigration law and social justice activism. Her first feature film focuses on an activist who does her work through art: painter and muralist Edythe Boone.

The film, A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone follows the 75-year-old artist as she helps schoolkids and seniors express themselves through paint, and as she follows her own muse through personal struggle and tragedy.

KALW’s Jen Chien talked to Morris and Boone about how the movie came to be.

The young people are so strong now, they really care what happens to themselves, the world and the future. And so I have hope.

Mo Morris's documentary A New Color: the Art of Being Edythe Boone premiers at theMill Valley Film Festival this Saturday, October 10th, with another screening on October 16th.

Jen Chien was the managing editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News from 2016 to 2018. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. She is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Emerging Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California. She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Performance from New College of California. Before entering the field of journalism, she had a successful career as a professional dance and theater artist, teacher, and massage therapist.