Resita graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism with degrees in Broadcast Television and Political Science. She is a multi-disciplinary storyteller, having reported for TV news stations such as WTVD-TV in Raleigh, NC, WCTI-TV in New Bern, NC, and the syndicated morning show, Morning Dose. She completed multiple fellowship cycles with Chicago civic journalism lab City Bureau and recently began producing for a local film and video company, Local Legend Films. With a wide range of journalistic skills ranging from in-front to behind the camera, Resita utilized her know-how and passion for filmmaking to secure an internship with one of the leading social justice film companies in the Midwest, Kartemquin Films. She continues to do freelance reporting for multiple Chicago publications, including Block Club Chicago and Chicago Magazine.

Project Description: This film and community engagement project follows the renovation and reopening of a once thriving catfish restaurant as a vehicle to examine the intertwining of hope, food and resilience. It will showcase community members taking on rebuilding despite looming gentrification and five decades of disinvestment in a predominantly Black neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. The film will juxtapose the redevelopment of Wallace’s Catfish Corner with the multi-million dollar development of The Hatchery, a city-backed food incubation project that recently opened in the community. The documentary will be narrated by the community members, using their voices to showcase the ongoing change in the neighborhood through oral history and spoken word poetry performances outside of the Catfish Corner. This is not just another film about gentrification, but an artistic commemoration of the past and hopeful look into what is to come.

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