East of Liberty


East of Liberty Series now available for educational institutions. Purchase a one-hour special presentation, or the two full length chapters "A Story of Good Intentions" and "The Fear of Us".

East of Liberty:
A Special Presentation

East of Liberty:
A Story of Good Intentions

East of Liberty:
The Fear of Us

East of Liberty:
In Unlivable Times

Suggestion donation $5 (or more)

Community organizations or individuals interested in requesting a screening should contact the filmmaker at or call 412-523-4793.


New Year. New News.
At this time, we are negotiating the edited version of 'East of Liberty' chapters one and two to broadcast in the Pittsburgh view area in Feburary 2009. Stay tuned for more details.

Fundraising for Chapters 3 + 4 in the "East of Liberty" series is underway. When you donate $100 to the project, you'll get a copy of your choice of either CHAPTER ONE: 'A STORY OF GOOD INTENTIONS' or CHAPTER TWO: 'THE FEAR OF US' as we roll out DVD sales targeted otherwise only to college and university markets. Also, if you organization or other institutions in your sphere of influence might be interested in acquiring the films for educational purposes, please contact me at or call 412-523-4793.

With a donation of $200 or more, you get a copy of both films, and for East End residents, a sit-down and potential interview for the next chapter tentatively titled, 'A STORY OF GOOD INTENTIONS PART TWO' where we continue on from the first chapter and find out what happened to the displaced residents. In the next chapter, we will also tackle the hard issues associated with East Liberty's transition into the new "model" neighborhood of mixed housing. This chapter also address tensions which have some new neighbors at racial/class odds with one another, and at times, literally, at gunpoint. 'A STORY OF GOOD INTENTIONS PART TWO' will premiere in Spring 2009.

Originally, the next chapter slated was "IN UNLIVABLE TIMES", a film that focuses on youth culture and violence throughout the city. Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen fundraising issue, production has been pushed back to January 2009 and will continue through September 2009. We are excited about an upcoming premiere of "IN UNLIVABLE TIMES", showcasing teaser footage exclusively to funders. We believe this sneak-preview will wow them to the vision and the scope of what we're striving to achieve for the sake of at-risk kids citywide.

Please mail checks or money orders to: Chris Ivey, 2255 Tilbury Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Or click below to use PAYPAL:

I would like to thank all of you for your past support in creating one of the most important documents about the unheard voices of Pittsburgh, and I look forward to having your support again as we finally push this project out into global distribution. Thank you so much.

Without your thoughts and support, the success of this project would not be possible. I hope you understand what your passion for the project means to this filmmaker.

Thanks again for your support and attention.

Chris Ivey
'East of Liberty' filmmaker

Be a Part of the "East of Liberty" Series

GREAT NEWS! This is your opportunity to be a part of the 'East of Liberty' series.

OR You can donate to the other two projects currently shooting for upcoming releases.

THE BIG GAMBLE: A documentary about the effects of the new casino on the North Side and the new hockey area in the Hill District.

OR EAST OF LIBERTY: IN UNLIVABLE TIMES- The next chapter in the documentary series that tackles youth culture and violence in what's suppose to be "The Most Livable City in the U.S."..... They obviously missed Homewood and Beltzhoover.

Thank you all for your past support especially the Shadow Lounge, the Union Project, Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church, Jennifer Russell, Hilary Brown, Sarah Vignale, Malik Bankston and many, many more.

Also check out the EAST OF LIBERTY- BAKERY SQUARE CLIP and email me to learn more of the impact the second chapter of 'East of Liberty' had in the East End.



East Liberty was once one of Pennsylvania's most prosperous areas, but disastrous urban planning in the 1960s saw both the central business area decimated and tower blocks erected leaving residents isolated in the sky.

But change is again coming to East Liberty. The traffic in the centre is once again flowing after being rerouted in the 60's, the tower blocks are coming down and new shops are offering everything from yoga to organic food.

Everybody, seemingly, is a winner...

Chris Ivey, a seasoned filmmaker in Pittsburgh, first started working on the project in May 2005.

He found himself filming a publicity stunt in which paint bombs were being launched by employees of the regeneration company from a giant catapult at a soon-to-be demolished tower block, East Mall. But, admist the revelry, he found residents far from happy.

“I was hired to document the tearing down of the high rises. At the same time I interviewed some of the residents who lived in the high rises and they weren’t happy at all because of the spectacle that was before them. They were really angry. It was their home, it was where they used to live, some for 30 years or more. Even though in many ways it wasn’t the best place to live it was all they had and to see strangers having fun by shooting paintballs at the block left them furious.”

And so began a journey of investigation in which previous silent rage was given space to talk.The film first debuted in the US last Autumn, and the response has astounded the director: “The reception here has been really incredible. It’s the most talked about thing in the city right now. There’s been loads of coverage in the papers and everybody around town is talking about it. All the screenings have sold out. The people at the screenings are really passionate – they’re always asking what they can do to get involved.”

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