Over Memorial Day Weekend we had a really great sneak peak screening at the Vanport Mosaic Festival. We showed a few minutes of the finished film and had a lengthy discussion with the audience about housing, social justice and the meaning of the word “home.”
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It was amazing to see a packed theatre at 11am on a sunny Portland Sunday, during Memorial Day Weekend no less. Folks were enormously engaged and passionate both about the history of Vanport and the issue of gentrification.
Director Cornelius Swart was on hand. He answered questions ranging what can be done to halt the current housing crisis, to whether or not Swart was himself exploiting gentrification by making this film.
It was a very dramatic discussion, just the kind we like.
We think the screening was a good indicator of public appetite for this film.