The camera lens of Academy Award-nominated documentary directors is now trained on a 15-year-old Barrio Logan girl.
Inocente Izucar Galicia is one of four female subjects (and the only American) to be featured for their resilience in the face of adversity in an upcoming documentary executive-produced by Mariane Pearl, the widow of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, and actress Angelina Jolie.
Inocente has lived in local shelters for much of her life to escape domestic violence. But she was able to transform her life through involvement in art and photography.
Every afternoon she leaves High Tech High to enter another world in the studio of ARTS (A Reason To Survive). Matt D'Arrigo created the program in 2001 to nurture artistic talents of youngsters facing devastating challenges. Inocente's medium often is house paint from "oops cans" (those returned by customers) collected from a local paint store.
Inocente sports a personality as colorful as the palette of vivid colors she splashes on canvas. She's a vibrant billboard for punk rock fashion, head-turning makeup and hand-painted clothing.
On Saturday night, she'll present a one-woman show in the ARTS gallery at Liberty Station. She designed the invitations, framed her paintings, matted her photos, secured refreshments (a "candy" bar instead of a cocktail bar) and will hang her own art to experience the art business from all perspectives.
Documentary directors Sean and Andrea Nix Fine, who have been working on the project for about 18 months, have been filming Inocente in stages. When the film, "Resilient," debuts next fall, Pearl promises to take viewers on a progressive voyage through the tragedy-touched lives of all four female subjects, ending with one whose transformation has changed the lives of those around her.
Local Earhart legacy
To coincide with tomorrow's release of the movie "Amelia," on the life of Amelia Earhart, the San Diego Air and Space Museum is unveiling the Lockheed Vega 5B used in the film.
About three months ago, museum officials were offered the plane by an assistant of San Diegan Ted Waitt, who produced the movie. To their surprise, and delight, the plane was in storage in nearby Sorrento Valley. A team of museum restorers then went into action to get it ready for display.
"It's only the second Lockheed Vega 5B on exhibit anywhere," said museum head Jim Kidrick. The other is the plane Earhart actually flew, which is in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The plane will join the museum's Amelia Earhart mannequin, who, ironically, holds a model of the red Lockheed Vega.
Lake San Marcos resident Betty Roessler remembers conversing with the aviatrix when Earhart visited her school on New York's Long Island to give a speech in the mid-1930s.
"You'll never guess what we talked about," said Roessler, 89, a former red head. "We discussed freckles" — something the two ladies had in common.
Recipe for success
Martha Stewart, seemingly as popular as ever, signed more than 1,000 copies of her new book, "Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home," at the Carlsbad Costco Sunday, where she stayed an extra 45 minutes.
It was a record number, according to her publisher. In fact, one family, grateful that she took time out to sign their young daughter's book as Stewart left the store, drove to her book signing in Los Angeles the next day to deliver a bottle of wine as a thank you.