G-DOG is about second chances—about L.A.’s own Father Gregory Boyle, a charismatic visionary, who launched Homeboy Industries, the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program in the country. This moving, and often hilarious film captures Father Greg’s powerful philosophy at work. Like they say at Homeboy: “Nothing stops a bullet like a job.”
Freida Mock is an Academy Award and Emmy Award - winning filmmaker, director, writer and producer of feature length and short form theatrical documentary films including the Oscar winner Maya Lin: A Strong Vision, a feature film about the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and Never Give Up. Her recent films include: Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner and Return with Honor and Lt. Watada, about the first military officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq, and shortlisted for the 2010 Oscars. Mock is currently in production on a feature documentary film Anita – Speaking Truth to Power, about the life and times of Anita Hill. Mock is a partner in the Los Angeles- based Sanders & Mock Productions and co-founder of the nonprofit American Film Foundation that specializes in producing films on the arts, sciences and the humanities. Her most recent film is G-DOG.
Father Gregory Boyle is an ordained Jesuit priest, and has been the pastor of the Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights for over 25 years. In 1988, Father Gregory founded Homeboy Industries, which has served members of more than half of the gangs in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the California Peace Prize, the Irvine Leadership Award, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Occidental College. His bestselling memoir, Tattoos on the Heart, has been honored by PEN USA as the 2011 Best Creative Nonfiction Book of the Year.
Reservation Policy for Free Programs:
As most [ALOUD] at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early.
Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 PM.
ALOUD is one of the many free programs the Library Foundation makes possible at the Los Angeles Public Library. Most ALOUD author programs are followed by book signings. To help sustain this valuable cultural exchange, at least one copy of the author’s book must be purchased from the Library Store if you wish to participate in the post-program book signing. Proceeds support the Los Angeles Public Library. Library Foundation members receive a 15% discount on all Library Store purchases.
Unless otherwise indicated, ALOUD programs take place at the Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.