Third Ward TX

Uplifting but free of sentimentality, this 2007 documentary chronicles the resurrection of a blighted Houston neighborhood through the collaborative efforts of artists and longtime community members. Their innovative outreach programs include transforming abandoned homes into walk-through art displays, providing free housing for single mothers in school, and setting up at-risk teens with one-on-one mentors. Director Andrew Garrison presents the ward as a model of enlightened behavior; the subjects are united not only by their compassion for each other but through their common history and hopes for future development. Their generous worldview is contagious, as proven by Garrison’s refusal to vilify the wealthy real estate developer who ends up building fancy new condos in the ward.