:: film series

Feb 26-May 7 – Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, Betts Auditorium, (Except where noted*) School of Architecture, Princeton University. Click here for a printable version of the full film series.

Tues, Mar 26, 7 PM       
Ecumenopolis:  City Without Limits
2011.  Turkey, Germany.  directed by Imre Azem. 88 min. Introduced by Molly Greene, Princeton University
Istanbul’s population is set to double by 2030 and the city must respond. Ecumenopolis speaks with investors, city-dwellers, experts and community leaders as they grapple with the deep transformations coming to the city.

Tues, Apr 2, 6 PM and 7:30 PM*        
The Pruitt Igoe Myth
2011. USA. directed by Chad Freidrichs. 79 min.
“After Pruitt Igoe: New Prospects for Affordable Housing”
A conversation with Joseph Heathcott (The New School) and Timothy Henkel (Pennrose Properties) Moderated by Purcell Carson, Princeton University. In 1955, the new Pruitt-Igoe public housing project demonstrated that America could house even its poorest citizens. Less than twenty years later, it was demolished. The film explores the debate surrounding the project. *special time         

Tues, April 9, 7pm         
Gut Renovation
2012. USA. directed by Su Friedrich. 81 min.
Screening followed by discussion with Friedrich, Professor of Visual Arts, Princeton University. A 2005 re-zoning law forced Su Friedrich out of her Brooklyn home of 20 years and transformed the neighborhood.  Her film is a witty, personal—and angry—response to what happens when gentrification comes to town.

Tues, April 16, 7 pm      
Decade of Fire: How the South Bronx was Burned
Work-in-Progress. USA. Directed by Gretchen Hildebran & Vivian Vazquez. Screening and discussion with the directors. Moderated by Alison Isenberg, Princeton University During ten years of Vivian Vazquez’s childhood, an epidemic of fire destroyed her neighborhood.  In this documentary in progress, Vazquez returns to those streets, those times, and her neighbors, to ask why. 

Tues, April 23, 7 PM      
Greetings from Asbury Park 2008. USA.  Directed by  Christina Eliopoulos. 79 min. Screening followed by discussion with the director. A documentary of progress and eminent domain, told through the eyes of the director’s 91-year old great aunt, who is losing her home and garden to make way for luxury condos by the beach.

Tues, April 30, 7 PM      
La Sierra 2005. USA.  Directed by Scott Dalton and Margarita Martinez. 84 min. Introduced by Robert Karl, Princeton University A small neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia, La Sierra is ruled by young men affiliated with the country’s paramilitary armies. The film traces a year in the lives of three young residents and their experiences of war, death, and love.

Tues, May 7, 7 PM         
The Trenton Project: Critique Works-in-progress screening of student films from URB202, Documentary Film and the City
Together, these short films about home, housing and urban development in Trenton create a mosaic portrait of the city and its hopes for the future.

Mon, May 20, 6 PM*        
The Trenton Project: Final*special time & location       
Final Public Screening of URB 202 Student Micro-Documentaries ArtWorks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton NJ.

Events are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Urban Studies, Princeton University, with generous support from the Community Based Learning Initiative, Princeton University.