A documentary short on the Seattle homelessness and affordable housing crisis.
About the film:
Seattle's economic boom has proved fruitful for a few and detrimental to a disproportionate many. The unbounded, unregulated growth of the tech industry, coupled with a crumbling social safety net and lack of affordable housing protections by the city, county, and state governments has caused a skyrocketing of rent, property taxes, and intense gentrification across the city- leaving a wake of instability, housing insecurity, and homelessness among the most vulnerable in its path. With no affordable options to house the over 11,600 individuals experiencing homelessness, the results of this economic boom have been devastating.
In the Shadow of the Cranes documents the rapidly changing Seattle landscape- overflowing with cranes, million dollar high rises, and luxury restaurants- a largely inaccessible terrain for many Seattle natives. The film juxtaposes this new environment with Seattle's most marginalized community members, offering their guided insight into what survival looks like in tents, shelters, overpasses, and on the fringes of eviction- as the city continuously excludes their voices and lacks an equitable response to the vast polarization of its economy. The film provides commentary on the effects that government policy, developers, and corporations have on the Seattle community through the knowledge of local social workers, academics, city council members, and nonprofit leaders. Most importantly, the film offers a platform to those at the center of this crisis, to better break down this complex topic to its institutional and systemic roots through their lived human experiences.
The ultimate aim of the film is to offer a re-envisioning of how we see development and the often misunderstood term "progress" in a city built on boasting its "progressive" agenda and ideals.
It begs us to ask the questions: Who is this new city being built for? Who is being left in the darkness cast by the shadow of the cranes? How do we fight back?
Learn more at: morganmcclanahan.com/in-the-shadow-of-the-cranes.html