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Local filmmaker hopes to give back to South Bend with documentary

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A new documentary hopes to bring pride to a part of South Bend that has previously been cast in the shadows.

It's called "West of Main."

The filmmaker says proceeds from this film will go right back into the community that inspired it.

Cody Clemons is a film student at IUSB who lives in South Bend's west side.

"There's all these stereotypes and generalizations of the west side and it's not true," says Clemons.

Clemons says "West of Main" shines a positive light on the west side of the city.

"The second largest airport in Indiana is on our west side. There's a $40 million stadium, Stanley Coveleski Stadium, is on our west side," says Clemons.

Through his journey, Clemons has met with many neighborhood associations who are hands-on when it comes to the streets where they live. One neighborhood in particular inspired him.

Parkovash Park has seen many a kid slide down the slide and soar on the swingset, but there are no benches for parents to sit and watch. Clemons hopes to change that.

"We're going to use the profits from the DVDs to put the park benches into the park," says Clemons.

It's a movement that's been gaining steam, "We printed hundreds of flyers, we printed posters and banners. We took bed sheets and spray painted on them," says Clemons.

All to bring attention to the effort. One that folks in the neighborhood seem to embrace.

"That's cool. Anything to help keep the park is a good thing," says Al Kirsits, who lives in the neighborhood.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is just hearing about Clemon's goal, but he applauds his efforts.

"I think it makes for really good stories, really good writing and potentially, really good film. So it's really good to hear that someone's trying to help tell our story," says Buttigieg.

Clemons says, when a city is united, change can happen.

He hopes his documentary not only helps spruce up the park, but also changes some impressions about the place he calls home.

"South Bend as a whole, if they can rally together and join together as one group, I think it's a success story," says Clemons.

Clemons says for two benches, it'll cost about $1,800.

The film costs $14.99. To buy it and track how much has been raised, visit www.socialfilms.net

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