It's been a great first year for Priced Out and the fight for affordable housing.
We launched into a second season of the Priced Out Podcast. Please check out the new shows, including an interesting discussion about gentrification in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where we recently had two screenings—one of which even included a remote Q&A with director Cornelius Swart via Skype.
The biggest and most important event, of course, was Oregon becoming the first state in the nation to pass statewide rent control.
This new legislation, while far from perfect, will make it hard for landlords in Oregon to engage in the price gouging we see in the film, with renters being slammed with 30 to 100 percent rent increases. The legislation has also effectively put an end to no-cause evictions.
Just weeks prior to the vote, we had the opportunity to share Priced Out with about 20 legislators and their policy advisors, right across the street from the capitol at a screening organized by SEIU and House Speaker Tina Kotek.
It was a great event and we’re grateful that Priced Out has become a part of the housing discourse here in Oregon. We hope that it’s helping to inform new policies and spread awareness.
Rent control is such big news that we've added a title card to the end of the film that provides a solid final point to the social narrative told in the movie. Making the edit did present some technical issues with re-exporting the film and getting it out to our streaming platforms, including Kanopy and Vimeo, but we think it was worth the effort.
In the coming months, we will also be sending the new, improved Priced Out to iTunes, Amazon, and with luck, Netflix and Hulu. We'll let you know when it becomes available on those platforms.
Before then, we expect to have the broadcast premiere of Priced Out on Oregon Public Broadcasting. We signed a contract with OPB in late winter and are finalizing delivery of a slightly shorter version (by about 4 minutes) to OPB engineers. It's an excellent opportunity and we’re very thankful to OPB for including Priced Out in their programming mix.
We've attended a good number of conferences over the last few months, including screenings and discussions at the national gathering of Applied Anthropology and the Urban Affairs Association's national convention in Los Angeles. As always, we have a few local community screenings here in Portland to share:
Tuesday, April 30 at 5:30pm – Central City Concern, Downtown Portland, with panel discussion
Thursday, May 2 at 7pm – Leaven Community Center, Northeast Portland, with panel discussion
Saturday, June 22 at 12pm – Gregory Heights Library, East Portland, with director Q&A
Please note and share these dates if you or someone you know still hasn't had a chance to see the film. Being an informed and caring resident is the first step to making fair housing a reality now and in the future. Keep up the good work getting the word out!
Team Priced Out