Who We Are
Lyn Goldfarb and Alison Sotomayor began the groundwork for BRIDGING THE DIVIDE while working on THE NEW LOS ANGELES, an hour-long documentary, part of the 2006 national primetime PBS series, CALIFORNIA AND THE AMERICAN DREAM. THE NEW LOS ANGELES is a portrait of a city in transition, beginning in 1973 with the election of Mayor Tom Bradley and concluding with the political empowerment of Latinos and the election of Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles’ first Latino mayor in more than 130 years.
We were surprised to discover that there were no documentaries about Tom Bradley, no scholarly biographies, no in-depth filmed interviews with Bradley, nor any substantive interviews with his staff, colleagues, friends or family.
Our experience producing the Tom Bradley story in THE NEW LOS ANGELES, and the extensive research we have already engaged in, has convinced us of the compelling need to produce the film and the power of his untold and unexplored story.
We have already pre-interviewed nearly 130 people connected to the Bradley story and plan on conducting at least 100 hours of HD interviews with Bradley’s key administration personnel, family, friends, scholars and media critics, which will form the body of interviews to draw from the documentary. If we want to tell a story with all of the nuance and details from the people who were there, from the people who knew who this man really was, what motivated him, what challenges and life experiences helped shape him into the leader he would become for all people – we need to begin filming as soon as possible while their memories are still strong. If we do not begin now, chances are that critical parts of Bradley’s story – and LA’s and California’s stories – will be lost to history forever.
Our goal is to ignite and renew a genuine interest in Tom Bradley – his life and legacy – and provide an opportunity for people throughout the city, state and nation to remember and celebrate the man who symbolized hope and a new chapter in race relations. We wish to tell the real story of Tom Bradley and restore him to his rightful place as one of the most seminal African American leaders of the 20th century.