It’s a Condition, 3 min, 2018
An answer to a proverbial question. An exploration of the concept of double consciousness and an attempt to render it visually.
Reid’s Records, 4 min, 2018
An interview with David Reid, current owner and inheritor of Reid’s Records in Berkeley, California, reflecting on the impact of gentrification on business and the neighborhood.
While filming, I was most interested in learning how Reid’s Records, a gospel music store in Berkeley, California related to the history of its surrounding neighborhood. Reid’s, which offers up a particular brand of South Berkeley hospitality, has for decades been a gathering space for those brought together by the love of vinyl and gospel culture. It has functioned as much as a social site as a business. During my visits, customer foot traffic was sparse and reflected the evolution of the neighborhood. The once majority Black population has disappeared rapidly over the last decade as a result of gentrification. Owner David Reid laments over the evolution of the consumption of music from records to digital streaming. This film was not only an effort to preserve, but honor the space and the people it represents. The Reid family has played a significant role in the production and consumption of gospel music in the Bay Area, and the larger international scene. It was a comfort and pleasure to talk to a Californian who knew a different Berkeley. As the city continues to drastically change, hopefully Reid’s Records will remain a constant. – Paige Taul
My prayer for future generations is to not make the mistakes, to not allow the same things that happened to you that have been happening to my generation and generations previously. African Americans, I know we’ve achieved a lot of things in a lot of ways but, it’s with gentrification, there’s nowhere you can point where we are. I mean if you go to any city nowadays and you go to look at Martin Luther King Boulevard. There’s none of us there. We don’t live there anymore. It’s like a tombstone. This is where Black people used to be. And I think that’s a tragedy. – David Reid
All stills, photographs, and artwork courtesy Canyon Cinema and ©Paige Taul. Screening co-presented with Canyon Cinema.