"A Sacred Journey" is a film about a mural that comes alive as Lou Gherig’s disease takes down the man who commissioned it. Since 2008, Director Ernesto Quintero has chronicled the ambition of his brother, Juan, to leave something behind to be remembered; a 34-foot mural at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Lincoln Heights.
The film documents the family, artists and community who making the mural a reality in time for Juan to see it. A note from the director via the website:
Two and a half years into his diagnosis, with six months left to live, Juan decides to embark on a mural project. He hires a muralist, asks me to write the story and picks a 34-foot wall at his old Alma Mater Sacred Heart Elementary School (SHES), where his kids presently attend. The mural on the wall consists of a timeline of LHTS, a historical account of one of the first neighborhoods of Los Angeles, where my parents decided to raise all six of their children. The mural is broken up into 5 segments; pre-historic time to present time LHTS. What is at the core of the mural is the image of the “familia”.
You can preview the work in progress at a special community/fundraising screening Sunday, June 29 at Sacred Heart Church. Tickets are $12, though larger donations can help complete the film.
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