Down and out in Echo Park

Sparrow Songs – Episode 2 from Sparrow Songs on Vimeo.

What’s it like to be young and out of work in Echo Park? Filmmaker and Angelino Heights resident Alex Jablonski has an idea based on his own recent experience with unemployment and those of others he interviewed for an approximately six-minute-long documentary. After losing his own job this fall, Jablonski, 31, put his skills to work to find out how the young and unemployed in the 90026 Zip Code were dealing with a lack of work and money. Jablonski, working with cinematographer Michael Totten, set up a backdrop near the Echo Park Walgreens and then proceeded to interview people who walked nearby. One unemployed restaurant worker was interviewed as she was holding a garage sale nearby on Lemoyne Street.

The are no big revelations here. Just some straightforward slices of life on unemployment: young adults living with their parents, selling personal belongings to raise cash and rethinking careers. Jablonski, who wrote about the documentary and his unemployment, is working again but knows the job market is far from secure. “I … had to begin working nights in order to get by and it just struck me how hard it is right now, but particularly for people in their 20s and 30s who have no savings to speak of.”

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