125 Franco's Blvd.

22 min - USA Sia Nyorkor, Jacob Templin

This documentary tells the story of Franco the Great, an artist who has been painting murals on the storefront gates of 125th street since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. Today, Franco is known worldwide and single-handedly brings in bus-loads of tourists every Sunday to meet him and take photos of his gates. Now, a massive rezoning and recent City Council vote threatens Franco's legacy. The new requirement bans steel security gates and calls for see-through ones. Old security gates will be replaced with the new ones, basically removing Franco's canvas from underneath him.