East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story Screening and Discussion

Join the National Public Housing Museum, WTTW, and award-winning filmmakers Sarah Burns and David McMahon - whose film credits with Ken Burns include The Central Park Five and Jackie Robinson - for a preview and discussion of their upcoming feature-length documentary East Lake Meadow: A Public Housing Story, on March 9 at the Chicago Cultural Center. The documentary is set to premiere on WTTW 11 on Tuesday, March 24.

In 1970, the Atlanta Housing Authority opened a public housing community called East Lake Meadows on the edge of the city. But as public housing in America was abandoned and stigmatized and a crack wave swept through the neighborhood, East Lake Meadows became nearly uninhabitable. In the mid-1990s, Atlanta bulldozed the housing project to make way for new, mixed-income housing. Through the stories of former residents, the film raises critical questions about concentrated poverty and limited housing opportunity for African Americans, and what can be done to address it. Executive Producer of East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story is Ken Burns.

At 5:00 p.m., prior to the screening, there will be a light reception. After the screening, producers Sarah Burns and David McMahon, Dr. Lisa Yun Lee, Executive Director of the National Public Housing Museum, and former residents of Chicago Public Housing, will discuss the film and public housing.

This is a free event; please RSVP for more information and to reserve your spot. This event will sell out.
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