Robert Shiller, like many of us, realize how housing has taken a dramatic turn from providing basic shelter for most Americans into a game to be exploited by the rich – to the detriment of the less advantaged.
His latest article from yesterday’s newspaper:
What do Robert Shiller and Jim the Realtor have in common?
We’re going to be in a movie together!
Giorgio confirmed that the documentary film that has been in the works for the last four years will be ready in time to submit for Sundance 2018!
No one is getting their hopes up too high, considering that last year there were over 12,000 films submitted, and they only took about 1% of them. But if nothing else, we will at least have a screening of the movie here.
Here is the trailer one more time for the newcomers:
Cost per Square Foot is a documentary film project about the singular and perverse nature of the American housing economy. Though much has been written and filmed about the 2008 housing collapse, we seem to have failed to ask a fundamental question:
What is it that we are actually building?
This documentary attempts to answer that question. And in the process, it tell a larger story about housing in America that many people don’t know.
In the years since the US housing market became the epicenter of an unprecedented global economic collapse, protests in Baltimore, Ferguson, and Southside Chicago have highlighted the stark disparities of opportunity that define many American cities. These phenomena are not unrelated – they are divergent paths set in motion by postwar housing policy, a feat of social engineering that simultaneously created the world’s largest middle class, by directly subsidizing suburban development, while systematically depriving inner cities of resources and denying huge swaths of the US population the ability to build wealth through homeownership.
This was by design.
Cost per Square Foot is a historical road trip through the American housing landscape, in all its glory and all its blunder. The film invites viewers into a deeper conversation about our housing economy, one that addresses the fundamental issues of segregation, inequality, and financial instability. Through the stories of a retired NYC cop, a quietly socialist war bride, an aspiring Youtube star / realtor, and a young photographer whose photos of the Baltimore riots propel him into the national spotlight, Cost per Square Foot charts a course between the imagined wealth of seemingly endless “neo-taco-mediterranean special” suburban tract homes built atop razed orange groves, and the stark realities of life in many of America’s inner cities.
“neo-taco-mediterranean special…” classic JTR. Those were the days.
Please let us know where to vote for your film.
Nice to see the old well-to-do white guy going out on a limb to denounce redlining. Even better was the documentarians had their camera rolling to catch him saying it!
Hope his facebook page is locked down.
Look forward to watching it, Jim. A deep dive on a related subject is Richard Rothstein’s book “The Color of Law.” I disagree with some of his proposed solutions to historical government policies that mandated redlining and racial segregation in housing, but it’s all good history to know. He had a good 30-minute interview here with Terry Gross: http://www.npr.org/2017/05/03/526655831/a-forgotten-history-of-how-the-u-s-government-segregated-america
can’t wait to see this movie!!!
The movie should be under 90 minutes, so for the local screening, I’m thinking of running my own JtR movie first and call it a double feature!
If we get into Sundance, it has to be the world premiere so the local screening would be in February. (Sundance is the end of January)
JtR has more screen time than a Nobel laureate! Way to go!