Music has the capacity to bring people together from diverse backgrounds. In Portland, OR there is a thriving Samba community nurtured and cultivated by a diverse group of 30 community musicians and dancers known as BLOCO ALEGRIA, (THE JOY BLOCK) The band emulates the traditions of Rio de Janeiro where community bands on various city blocks frequently entertain. The band ranges in age from 20-70 and has varied professional backgrounds. The thing that has brought them together since 2011 to entertain and spread community is their love of the music. Together, as a collective they take the next step to produce their own show at the historic Star Theater.
Producer – AJ Gordon
An organized and reliable film-nerd evoking the entrepreneurial spirit. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon as a fan of the outdoors, film, live music, film, sports, film, and movies… After earning a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Production, he immediately moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment. Gaining years of professional experience on national commercials and A-List special events before re-relocating back to Portland to be involved in its ever-growing motion picture community.
Producer/Director – Joanie Fox
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Editor – Camille Carpenter
Camille Carpenter is a Portland-based artist and filmmaker. She delights in the unexplained, the outlandish, and the anonymous, and is always working to keep mystery alive in her community. Her involvement in The Joy Block has shown her that Portland is full of people with similar values. Quack quack!