U2 “Where the Streets Have No Name” from the album “Songs of Surrender” (released March 2023).

This one-minute movie (shot on 16mm film) features Steve Sharp and was conceived and directed by Alexandra Thurmond. U2 selected directors from around the world to create 40 1-minute mini-movies, one for each of the 40 songs in the collection.

Alexandra Thurmond takes you behind the scenes of this once-in-a-lifetime project, as she posted on her instagram page:

“Got to make a video for a truly ICONIC song @U2’s ‘Where the Streets Have No Name.’ Excited to be a part of this project and truly honored to feature the Los Feliz legend Steve Sharp.

“If you live on the East Side, chances are you’ve seen Steve on a Friday night at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset. I’d driven by him many times over the years, and it would always make my day to see him out there. His energy is infectious.

“When I got in touch about the project, I learned that he’d been doing this for over 20 years. What started as a protest against the invasion of Iraq, with hundreds of other supporters, has become a personal vigil for Steve: ‘I’m no longer protesting anything, I’m promoting peace in my own way.’ ❤️ ☮️

“So grateful to Steve for sharing his energy, and thank you to our lil crew and my cute friends with cute cars who came along for the ride.” #u2sos40

Join Steve and Celebrate Peace, any Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., where Hollywood, Sunset and Hillhurst intersect (near the Vista Theatre) in Los Angeles. ☮️

Steve Sharp’s Vista Peace Vigil


September 11, 2001 — New York City

Regardless of what you were told and what you believe happened on that fateful day of 9/11, those events led to the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, sending US military troops into in a war that would seem to have no end. Al Qaeda, an organization whose origins are found in the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1979, was blamed for the coordinated attacks, and its leader Osama bin Laden. The George W. Bush administration attacked Afghanistan in retaliation and was pressing to invade Saddam Hussein’s Iraq under the pretext of its having weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

Numerous peace groups formed all over the country to brainstorm how to forestall the invasion. On Labor Day weekend, 2002, almost exactly a year after the assault on American soil, the local Neighbors for Peace and Justice group began a protest vigil at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Vigil Avenue, Hillhurst Avenue in the Silverlake section of Los Angeles, California, an asterisk where three streams of traffic crossed. More than one hundred people showed up over the ensuing several months, between 5 and 7 p.m. every Friday night, and attempted to elicit support from passing vehicles.

In March of 2003, US troops invaded Iraq. Disheartened, the numbers of protesters began to dwindle and within another year there were barely a half-dozen of them left. Eventually the numbers dropped to one: Steve. Since that time (except for a year-long hiatus that began with the 2020 shelter-in-place order in Los Angeles as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic) Steve has returned to that corner in front of the Vista Theater in Los Angeles every Friday night, barring injury, illness, inclement weather or vacation. He carries a sign and implores oncoming traffic to “Celebrate Peace” and “Spread Love” (initially Steve had wanted to say “Spread Compassion” but the word was too long to fit legibly on the sign).

Watch “Honk for Steve,” an inspiring film festival documentary, and peruse the myriad images taken over the years of Steve Sharp’s one-man Promotion of Peace vigil below.

Steve Sharp Peace Vigil
Believer Magazine Steve Sharp Article

More Media (click/tap to engage)

Last man makes a stand for peace (LA Times)

Thank You for Honking

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