Giorgio has worked his tail off for four years to bring his documentary film to fruition, and now it’s set to debut at the largest doc-film festival in the world!
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public.
I have seen the film, and for the most part, we (me and fam) play a smaller role. As the filming evolved, the story turned more toward the injustice of the government’s post-war housing policy, and the effects on society today. It is a fascinating movie, and I am grateful to have been a part of it.
Here is the new trailer:
Owned, a Tale of Two Americas – Trailer from Giorgio Angelini on Vimeo.
Great trailer! I want Netflix to buy it right away so I can see it!
You could do a movie on the government’s heavy bias towards homeowners vs renters:
Source: The Los Angeles Times
California homeowners receive $6 billion a year in subsidies — 15 times more than renters, report finds
Homeowners in California received nearly $6 billion in state tax subsidies last year, according to a new report that also revealed a wide gap between state support for homeowners and renters.
The report from the California Housing Partnership, a nonprofit low-income housing advocate, found that homeowners in the state received billions in subsidies through being able to deduct interest on their mortgages and their property taxes from their state tax bills.
The report determined that the single largest housing subsidy in 2017 was $3.9 billion for the mortgage interest deduction, which is the state’s version of a benefit that also applies to homeowners’ federal taxes.
State support for renters, however, was limited to a couple hundred million dollars for a $60 annual tax credit for low-income renters and state tax credits for developers to help finance low-income rental projects.
Owned: A Tale of Two Americas (Director: Giorgio Angelini)
This energetic film unpacks the complex history of home ownership in America to reveal the postwar housing economy’s racist underpinnings—the creation of a large middle class simultaneous with the systematic defunding and segregating of communities.
All I can say is it’s long past due for a change, and I’m just grateful to be alive today to witness our first real black president, making things happen. It’s like NWA took over the White House:
Re: Pre fab housing…
I know I’m in the peanut gallery for this kind of thing, but WHY hasn’t SOMEONE with large 3D carving devices come up with a ridiculously fast and easy way to create factory-built houses with artisanal flare that will last 100 years, and put them out on the market for a relatively lowball price?
Someone in my neighborhood took it upon themselves to tear down an old lame house, and in it’s place, built a CLASSIC bungalow home with all the bells and whistles. It wasn’t a prefab, but… why not? That house will be the pride of the neighborhood, and it’ll be around 100 years from now. Why do we have iPhones that can read our ugly faces, but we still have construction practices dominating from 50 years ago?
Additionally, just because we have “affordable” housing, doesn’t mean the housing has to be depressing, bland, cookie-cutter stuff. It can be made of materials that, if damaged, are relatively easily replaced by the manufacturer via laser carving it’s replacement 50 years later. We should have quality housing for the regular joe, durable housing, and historically low cost… and we don’t. For no good reason, at this point.
Meanwhile we have a multi-billionaire boy prince helping us spread gossip amongst ourselves at a speed never before possible. I can post something to make my friend mad at me from halfway around the world. I can say something on Facebook that will end a friendship… in Norway!
Bill Gates has enough money to buy an entire city block in Boyle Heights, raze every single house, and build a community of quality affordable housing like Walt Disney built Epcot, and personally pick every minority house aspirant to make it go. Why hasn’t the crusty old nerd done this? Imagine you could play Sim City in real life. Who wouldn’t want to give it a whirl? Most American rocket-testing multi-billionaires, that’s who. People need to start facebook-shaming them, instead of their obnoxious drunk cousins, is what I say.
The bias towards home ownership (specifically the single family detached house) is economically favored because it has become a cultural and societal touchstone:
I think Warren Buffett bought Clayton Homes for the working consumer.