October 1, 2009

Project produces video on Eastern Market’s revival

In 2009, as part of the Overbeck Project's effort to record first-hand accounts of the 2007 fire that devastated Eastern Market, Langley Bowers produced a powerful 20-minute video, “Eastern Market: The Rebuilding.”

The video records reactions to the fire from vendors and neighbors and documents the Market’s two-year restoration and rebirth.

With financial support from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, Bowers interviewed many of the same people whose oral history transcripts were collected during 2008–2009. The Capitol Hill native also incorporated footage of the 2007 fire, old and new photos of the Market, and scenes from the Market's June 26, 2009 re-opening ceremony. The sound track’s jazz piano score was composed by Ian Walters.