October 11, 2017
For Immediate Release
Gentrification, Homelessness and Water Resources Come Into Focus
at New Urbanism Film Festival
The Festival’s Feature Films Selections Tackle Challenges of Urban Life Politically charged issues facing people in cities across the United States are examined with poise in the four feature films selected to screen at the 5th Annual New Urbanism Film Festival, where short and feature-length films bring to power of placemaking out of council meetings and onto the big screen. Among the four films selected this year are three documentaries, each of which dives deep into some of the most pressing questions facing cities today, such as rising housing costs and the price of gentrification in colored communities, the complexities of homelessness and search for solutions, and the increasingly troublesome concern of water resources that Los Angeles and much of the Southwest, as well as other urban cities, are facing today. “Small projects and changes can have drastic influence for creating a better place,” said Festival Director Josh Paget. “I want to make [that] more accessible and make it a communal experience. I love movies and that is the language of our city, so it makes a lot of sense to have a film festival about this subject.”
The three documentaries screen on Saturday, October 21, at the ACME Theater in Hollywood. The fourth film, a cinematic exploration of the connections between people and the built urban environment, will screen on Sunday, October 22. The films will be followed with Q&A sessions, to give the filmmakers, urban experts and general audience an opportunity to discuss the films and their subjects.
The Longest Straw
Filmmaker Samantha Bode spent 65 days backpacking the 338-mile path of the Los Angeles Aqueducts and Mono Extension. Along the way, she speaks with community leaders and residents of Los Angeles, the Owens Valley and Mono Basin to gain a deeper understanding of the effects of water importation on ecology, economy, and society, as well as the future of local water sources for Los Angeles.
12p.m. Saturday October 21
Tony – The Movie
When Tony ends up homeless after losing his job as a waiter in San Diego, he is faced with the daily struggles of life on the streets. His search for housing begins, but then turns into a quest for solutions to homelessness, not just for himself, but for thousands people living on the streets across the county. The investigation takes him to the top levels of government locally, but also to regions across the country where progress is being made. What do communities do to significantly reduce homelessness? What is happening in San Diego? And does Tony find housing?
Saturday, October 21 at 5:30p.m.
“Priced Out” is director Cornelius Swart’s follow-up to “Northeast Passage” and explores the complexities of gentrification and the future of American cities. At a time of skyrocketing racial and class tensions in America, “Priced Out” is an investigative and personal look at how housing prices are displacing Portland’s black community and working families all across the city.
Saturday October 21 at 3:45p.m.
Casey lives with her mother in a little- known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them. A moving story about the connection between people and place, and the ability of the built environment to provide comfort and healing, “Columbus” is the directorial debut from Kogonada,
who has been recognized by The New Yorker and Filmmaker Magazine for his visual work on screen.
Sunday October 21 at 1:45 p.m.
New Urbanism Film Festival has screened over 100 films since 2013, and tours in cities across North America year-round. The board of the film festival is made up of filmmakers, community organizers, and urban designers. The event is hosted at the ACME Comedy Theatre, and a variety of tours, bike rides and workshops are a part of the four-day festival. The 2017 New Urbanism Film Festival runs October 19-22 at the ACME Theater:
135 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
For more information, interviews and media requests, please contact:
Josh Paget – Festival Director, Co-founder, Producer