Kevin Bryce’s ‘We Are Superman’ screened in Summerside

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No doubt he thought of it as an inconvenience the morning Summerside native Kevin Bryce had to take a different bus to get to his film school in Kansas City.

Greg Weeks, Summerside Filmworks, center, Kevin Bryce, documentary filmmaker, right, and Marlene Campbell, Culture Summerside discuss Bryce’s documentary, ‘We are Superman: The Transformation of 31st and Troost.’

Little did he know it was opening the door of opportunity that would lead to the creation of his first feature length film, ‘We are Superman: The Transformation of 31st and Troost.’

A Summerside audience viewed recently what Bryce saw from that bus window and what motivated him to chronicle the story of Troost Avenue in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri.

The city has experienced hyper-segregation for the past 60 years. Troost draws the racial and economic line between the black and white communities.

Bryce’s documentary is a testament to some of the people working to rid Troost of that dividing line and make it a gathering place where people will once again invest in the value of community.

The film portrays the powerful message the people of Troost have learned. They cannot wait for someone to come and save the community, but rather they must call upon their own human resources to do it themselves.

They are their own Superman. The film is creating debate in the United States, and has been in demand for screening.

Bryce was in Summerside for the showing, which was part of Canadian National Youth Arts Week activities. It was shown in partnership with Summerside Filmworks and Culture Summerside.

He introduced the film and following the showing participated in a question and answer session. The film was shown at Centre 150, the new state-of-the-art multi-purpose venue which is the new home of the Summerside Community Church.   

 

 

Organizations: Centre 150, Summerside Community Church

Geographic location: Troost, Summerside, Troost Avenue Kansas City, Missouri United States

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