Working towards a Spring 2012 release, this trailer for Stephen Powers’ movie, “A Love Letter For You” just went up online. Powers documented the process of his Philadelphia mural project, A Love Letter For You, and constructed a narrative around the murals to give them context in what is ultimately a graffiti love story. The 12oz team was in attendance a year ago when the film premiered at the Sunshine theater in the Lower East Side. We are glad to see that more screenings are in the works so that more people will have an opportunity to see this film.
For more information head to the A Love Letter For You facebook page.
Writer/Producer: Stephen Powers (ESPO)
Director: Joey Garfield
A Love Letter For You is a genre-defying new film by director Joey Garfield. A Love Letter For You seamlessly mixes documentary and narrative, love and loss, community and solidarity, art and crime, to paint a compelling portrait of two artists and their impact on the neighborhood they grew up in.
The film documents the notorious graffiti legend, Stephen “ESPO” Powers as he returns to his old stomping grounds in Philadelphia to paint a series of murals on 50 rooftops along the Market train line. The film also weaves in the fictional narrative of FIRE, a young graffiti king who is fresh out of prison on a quest to win back the love and attention of his ex girlfriend. A Love Letter For You mixes a local cast with real-life characters as they rediscover the soul of West Philly and it’s dynamic community.
The film is a multi-faceted project by Stephen Powers with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and is sponsored by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative. The murals have garnered international attention and been published in a coffee table book, featured in a gallery exhibition and generated community education workshops.