District 26: a New York Election Story

  • Director

    Shannon Ayala

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2022, 1 hour 37 minutes 36 seconds

  • Category


  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

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

Director Statement

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.

Director Biography

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.