Mimi Zeiger

Critic, editor, curator and instigator.

Sesshu Foster and Arturo Ernesto Romo are authors of ELADATL: A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines. A surrealist history that flows backwards and forwards in time, their novel tells a utopian story about airships and revolution—including how groups like the East LA Balloon Club and the Bessie Coleman Aero Club were hard at work to revolutionize travel, with an aim to literally lift oppressed people out of racism and poverty. The text, a series overlapping narratives and imagined artifacts, grew out of a long collaboration between Foster and Romo and is accompanied by drawings, collages, and photographs.

Based in Alhambra, CA, Foster is an award-winning writer. He taught composition and literature in East L.A. for over 20 years, and at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Romo was born and lives in Los Angeles. His artwork, mostly collaborative mixed media works and drawing, has been circulated internationally.

“On Futures” is a series highlighting how designers, artists, curators, and writers envision alternative cultural and architectural temporalities that map out an expansive range of possible futures.

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Crew Credits –

Creator and Executive Producer – Hernan Diaz Alonso
Producers – Marcelyn Gow/Reza Monahan
Segment Producer/Interviewer – Mimi Zeiger
Director – Marcelyn Gow
Director of Photography – Sean Morris
B Camera – Michael Kolb
C Camera – Jin Chohan
Swing Tech/Driver – Kevin Gerrard
Sound Engineer – Carli Plute

Story Producers – Cal Crawford/Tanita Enderes
Editors – Cal Crawford/Reza Monahan

Image Credits:

All images/videos not cited below courtesy of Sesshu Foster and Arturo Romo

“John Wayne”
Public Domain

“James Banning”
National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Copyright: Smithsonian Institution

“James Banning”
Smithsonian Institution
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“James Banning & Thomas Allen”
National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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“Bessie Coleman Aero Club”
National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Copyright: Smithsonian Institution

“James Banning & Thomas Allen”
National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Copyright: Smithsonian Institution

“Bessie Coleman”
Smithsonian Institution
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