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”?