“Gente-Fied” Tackles Gentrification In Boyle Heights With Jokes (And Some Awkward Gringos)
If you’re at all familiar with Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights neighborhood, you know that it’s 1) predominantly Mexican, and 2) gentrifying with the quickness. Like, small family businesses transforming into artisanal kombucha-infused paleta stands level gentrification.
That change and the people it’s impacting are at the forefront of a new web series executive produced by America Ferrera. “Gente-Fied” follows seven people as they live and love and laugh and argue with this one Guatemalan dude in Boyle Heights. Director Marvin Lemus, who co-wrote “Gente-Fied” with Linda Yvette Chavez, went into this with the goal of creating a series that offers something different from Hollywood’s portrayals of us, as you know, This One Dude, Every Time.
The show describes its cast as a mix of “young Latinxs with bi-cultural tastes, hustling to create spaces in their community that celebrate their Chicanx identities” and “old-school paisanos and business owners trying to make sense of the changes that are threatening their livelihoods.” Each episode will be from the point of view of a different cast member as they make their way through the neighborhood. Check ’em out:
Also, thanks in advance to the series for showing the world what not to say when eating Mexican food:
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) May 19, 2016
What do you think, will you be checking this out? And are you more of a Selena or a “Lupe Ontiveros loca chick”?