District 26: a New York Election Story
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When & Where to See this Film!
Date, Time & Location:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
KAS Zukor • 35th St. • Long Island City, NY 11106
Campaign Lane: Two films about the dynamics of our political landscape.
In the local New York City elections of 2021, several city council districts had unusually crowded primary races. This film is a document of the final weeks of the most crowded city council race, where 15 Democratic candidates were on the ballot.
Shannon Ayala, Writer, Producer
I am a strong believer that great stories are often, if not always, in our own proverbial backyards. I decided to document the final weeks of the city council primary campaign where I live in Queens, after meeting a handful of the many candidates. I did not have an hour-plus film in mind. I just wanted to make a video to capture the personalities that made this race so colorful and interesting, set against a backdrop of a dramatic council district where the inequalities and diversity of New York City are so sharply epitomized. To me, a good story is a thing that illuminates a broader set of issues and questions in the world through one, small but compelling event. I want people to see what I see. This is my way of saying, this is where I live. This is what’s happening here.
Shannon Ayala is a journalist who lives in Western Queens. For more than a decade, he’s covered local New York City political stories in various forms of media, especially through producing and editing for the public television station, CUNY TV. He’s a graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the City College of New York.