Passage: The Inner City and the American Dream,
an "acclaimed film on Gentrification and affordable housing
in Portland, Oregon" has quickly developed what the Portland
Tribune described as a "cult following." Hundreds
were turned from two sold out premier screenings at McMenamins
Kennedy School, resulting in the film being held over by popular
demand for a unprecedented third screening . The theater successes
were followed by a highly anticipated prime-time broadcast debut
on Oregon Public Broadcasting's Oregon Lens program.
The film is set to hit the festival circuit over the winter,
and discussions on future partnerships are in place with public
television networks nationwide .
"I'm constantly approached by people who saw the film and
were deeply impacted," says City Commissioner Erik Sten,
who appears in the film. "As a trigger for important dialogue,
and as an education tool that doesn't shy away from many of
the unpopular truths of these issue, the film does a stellar
job." The producers, Spencer Wolf and
Cornelius Swart, think they've just tapped
the surface as to the impact the film can have not only locally,
but nationally as well. "We always envisioned the film
as a vehicle towards greater awareness, an educational aid that,
hopefully, works as a catalyst for important discussion,"
Wolf says. "And as these issues become
more and more apparent in cities all across the nation, we think
the lessons learned, and the perspectives unearthed in Northeast
Passage, can be a valuable tool for any community faced
with a similar transition," adds Swart.