Press Kit

Neighborhood Power is a short film and interactive multimedia visual installation that tells the story of an extraordinary moment in time for one DC neighborhood, which led the city and the nation in multicultural community organizing, resistance to displacement and gentrification, community self-determination and neighborhood government. It was created by lead artist Kristin Adair of Adams Morgan and a team of collaborative filmmakers, producers and activists.

Interactive Multimedia Installation 

September 10-30, 2023

Film Preview Screenings + Community Conversation Events

Sept. 10, 22, 30, 2023 | 7:30pm

Walter Pierce Park, 2630 Adams Mill Rd NW, Washington, DC

Older activists talking about the struggle to save adams morgan
Old archival footage


Kristin Adair (Director) • 202.213.2070 •


Vikram Surya Chiruvolu (Producer) • 202.250.1230


Lacy MacAuley (Press Contact) • 202.815.0288 •

About Neighborhood Power


Country: USA

Language: English

Date of completion: In progress

Runtime: 32 minutes

Genre: Documentary

Public Art Installation

Neighborhood Power, 2023

Medium: Printed Polyester Fabric

Size: 400 feet long x 6 feet high

Location: Walter Pierce Park,

Washington, DC, Soccer Field Fence


Neighborhood Power is a short film and interactive multimedia visual installation that tells the story of an extraordinary moment in time for one DC neighborhood, which led the city and the nation in activism, resistance, community self-determination and multicultural community-building.


Produced by a collective of organizers, artists, neighbors, and longtime community leaders, this project will invite viewers to step into the history of Adams Morgan through interweaving stories of the legacy of organizing and resistance in the neighborhood that led DC in school desegregation, innovated community governance, and fought for housing justice; contrasted with the realities of present-day gentrification and displacement.


It will examine how economic violence was overcome in the 1970s through personal and community resilience, and also how extreme disparities persist and–perhaps–can be overcome today.


The project was produced with support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and HumanitiesDC.

Neighborhood Power Film Teaser

Runtime: 60 seconds


Installation Photos

A series of photos documenting the installation, including in progress installation and public interactivity.


Also available: Additional film stills, featured archival images and storyteller portraits.

Creative Approach

Neighborhood Power is a truly unique blend of participatory storytelling, featuring the stories and voices of Adams Morgan activists and community leaders past and present who have collaborated to produce this work with a diverse team of filmmakers and creatives who all have ties to the neighborhood.


It features a large-scale public art installation (400 ft long by 6 ft high) wrapping a fence along the central walkway in Walter Pierce Park, which is itself a key site of neighborhood history.


The fence wrap invites viewers to learn about the history and legacy of activism and organizing in the Adams Morgan neighborhood through archival photos and documents, text, poetry composed by a local activist poet, and interactive QR codes with audio recordings that can be accessed through a smartphone.


The piece also invites neighbors and visitors to share their own reflections, stories and memories of the neighborhood and the fight for social justice here through a web link where they can record their own voice to share with the project. The visual and multimedia installation also provides background and informs the short documentary, which we are screening in preview form at several events throughout the month of September 2023.

Kristin is a DC-based filmmaker and attorney who produces justice-focused documentaries, highlighting community leaders and organizations and amplifying the voices of communities impacted by oppressive systems. She founded Unchained Stories, a social impact production company, and collaborates with other artists and activists in Adams Morgan to address housing and economic justice. Her work has been featured globally and she has partnered with many non-profits and institutions to produce impactful short films and videos.
director, lead artist
Vikram is an Adams Morgan-based community organizer and a licensed counselor currently working as a community-oriented psychotherapist. He focuses on healing at the intersection of economic violence, historical and intercultural trauma, and recovery from addiction and chronic mental illness. He has deep experience with building trust, respecting autonomy, and re-authoring narratives toward empowerment, as well as organizing skills of maintaining relationships, managing communication systems, facilitating group meetings, and public advocacy.
producer ​​
Marie was a co-founder and the first Executive Director of the Adams Morgan Organization (AMO) in 1972. Through her work with AMO, she helped shape local and national policy on housing ownership and cooperatives, tenants’ rights, the Community Reinvestment Act,public space, and the Federal Communications Commission’s media cross-ownership rules. Later, Marie was among the first elected commissioners for ANC-1C (Adams Morgan). She served at HUD under President Obama and currently hosts The Usable Past podcast, where activists share their stories of past organizing that informs present organizing.
Dawne Langford is an independent documentary producer and independent curator. Her passion is for sharing stories that highlight the transformative power of the arts. Langford has worked in various capacities in the social justice movement, a member of DIY artist collectives, teaching and working in public media.
consulting producer ​
Ellie Walton
cinematographer, consulting producer
David Thurston is a Black DC native and a graduate of DC Public Schools. He grew up in All Souls Church on the perimeter of Adams Morgan. David has years of experience as a community organizer and currently serves as a psychotherapist. David studied US History at Columbia University, the City College of New York, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He received a masters in Social Work from Catholic University.
poet, consulting producer


Kristin Adair


Vikram Surya Chiruvolu


Marie Nahikian


Dawne Langford
David Thurston
Ellie Walton



Kristin Adair

Magee McIlvaine

Ellie Walton

Kristin Adair
Ellie Walton


Jim Choi


Jason Mukendi

James Schneider

Christian Lara

Johnny Barnes
Vikram Surya Chiruvolu
Elona Evans-McNeill
John Jones
John Jackson
Marie Nahikian
Walter Pierce
Frank Smith
Chris Summers
Jim Vitarello


Nathan Terry Johnson
Steve Klein
Dorothy McGhee
Patrick Merloe
Bill Minor
Michael Tabor


Luci Murphy


DC Public Library, The People’s Archive
Anacostia Community Museum
Eddie Becker
Paul Bishow
Christopher Chen
Cynthia Jackson
Cesar Maxit
GW Special Collections
Nancy Shia
Michael Tabor

Mary Belcher
Monica Johan Bose
Agnieszka Bulacik
Michele Casto
Cindy Centeno
Katie Davis
Onka Dekker
Oscar Fernandez
Kate Fitzpatrick
Amanda Huron
The Jackson Family
Luzette Jaimes
Kerry Kennedy
Niani Kilkenny
Timothy Kumfer
Fernando Lemos
Lacy MacAuley
Samir Meghelli
Will Merrifield
Carol Miller
Adam Molyneux-Berry
Jennifer Morris
Parisa Norouzi
BB Otero
Dylan Petrohilos
Cynthia Pols
Bonnie Rowan
Esther Siegel
Ryan Shepard
Jay Waxse
Paul Zukerberg
Adams Morgan Community Center
All Souls Church Unitarian
Potter’s House