2022 Summer Artspace Program / 2019

The Sound We See: A New Haven City Symphony

Artspace’s 19th annual Summer Apprenticeship ProgramThe Sound We See: A New Haven City Symphony gave twenty-two local teens each enrolled in one of New Haven’s Public High Schools, the opportunity to work together alongside Los Angeles based filmmakers Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr for three weeks in July 2019.  The students embarked on the making of a city symphony, learning about the history of this fascinating genre and developed techniques for shooting and processing black and white film stock shot on handheld 16mm and Super 8 cameras.  Together, they produced a 24-minute film that envisions a summer day in the life of New Haven, starting at the moment many residents wake up, building into the bustle of the work day, and moving into the vibrant folds of the night.Each student was responsible for recording and telling the story of one hour of the day, guided by their own intuitions, personal styles and perspectives. 

Participating Artists

Syed Ardhi, Yareli Calderon, Jasmin Garcia, Isaias Garzon, Sara Garzon, Pablo Giannotti, Sofiya Hafiz, Rayona Higgins, Nevaeh Hubbard, John Kalapala, Georgii Larkov, Genesis Maldonado, Daniel Martinez-Jimenez, Stella Martone, Evan Mir, Tyler Mitchell, Anthony Mitchell, Nagelly Oñate, Mabel Rooney, Alona Santiago, Natalie Semmel, Nelly Torres


Connecticut Office of the Arts, The Global Institute for Arts + Leadership’s Vital New Voices program, JANA Foundation, Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation, Individual friends of Artspace, G Cafe Bakery

Lead Artists

Paolo Davanzo & Lisa Marr

Paolo Davanzo is a filmmaker, educator and co-founder of the Echo Park Film Center. He was born in Italy to an Italian father and a Canadian mother and then emigrated to North America as a child. His parents were both social justice activists who died very early in his life and their passing became the impetus for opening EPFC in 2001. He believes in the power of cinema to create change, love and harmony in the world.

Lisa Marr is an award-winning filmmaker, musician and writer whose work is a catalyst for creative collaboration and community empowerment. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Lisa is the Operations Director and Youth Film Coordinator at EPFC, and a 2014 Visual Arts Fellow of the California Community Foundation. As The Here & Now, she travels the world with her sweetheart Paolo Davanzo, sharing handmade movies and music with everyone.