Tracy housing crisis documented in exhibit, film
by TP staff
May 23, 2013 | 2092 views | 4 4 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A community-based documentary and exhibition chronicling the economic downturn and foreclosure housing crisis in Tracy will open June 8 at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.

Anné M. Klint, an artist in residence at the Grand since October, invited Tracy residents, business owners and community leaders to tell their stories of how the faltering economy and housing market impacted their lives.

The resulting interviews and personal recollections are part of the documentary “Home,” which will be screened 6 p.m. June 8 in the Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Theatre at the Grand, 715 Central Ave.

Seating for the free screening is first come, first served.

An opening reception for the accompanying exhibition, titled “Fire Sale (Everything Must Go),” will follow from 7 to 9 p.m.

Klint’s exhibition will be displayed in the Grand galleries until July 20. Additional screenings of the documentary will be scheduled later.

The artist and a panel of participants will reflect on the project during a gallery talk from noon to 2 p.m. July 13.

Klint said in a press release that she was looking forward to the debut of her documentary.

“The scope of the project is immense, and I can’t help but feel I have left much work undone,” she said. “By glancing over the images and revisiting the interviews, I remember the many who have contributed to this documentary storytelling project, whose stories make up the larger story of what happened throughout communities like Tracy since the recent housing market crash.”

Klint and the Grand Theatre received a $31,591 grant from the Creative Work Fund for the project, “Inhabit Your City: Voices of Tracy.”

The Grand galleries are open to the public during exhibitions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and an hour before most performances in the theater.

• Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.

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BrookeDiane
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June 16, 2013
Anne Klint’s thoughtful look at foreclosures in Tracy and the people they affected touched my heart with its insight & gentleness.

Its centerpiece, the film HOME, is made up primarily of interviews with those who lost their homes, but in some cases those who re-inhabited those homes. The hauntingly understated music and beautiful photography tell the story of loss, broken banking systems, personal strength, and new beginnings.

The show in the galleries – Klint’s photographs and additional footage shown in a “living room” made of moving boxes and books on real estate investing – captures more of the irony of the devastation that banks created, encouraged, and failed to ever address.

My hope in writing is that this show will travel to other places and be seen by many more people, because this show is NOT the story of Tracy – it is the story of people in all parts of this country who were simply following the market toward the American Dream. And, unfortunately, it is the story of a system that ripped dreams apart and took all the profits.

My thanks to Anne Klint for creating this intense and moving show, and to The Grand for giving us a place to view it.
Brian414
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June 13, 2013
Thank you Anne for making this film. I saw the film on June 8th and was moved. It really put a face on the issue at hand. It's easy to pass by a place , empty or occupied or a person on the street or a person in a business without knowing their story; and about how this crisis affects the whole of our community. This film makes it possible for people to put a face on the issue and importantly marks a time in history, our history, and I hope that it is seen again and again.
lcriv
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May 24, 2013
It is great to see this getting attention. As an educator I feel it is important not to let the impact of this man-made crisis be lost. I feel it is the duty of every American to watch The Inside Job by Sony picture classics. You cannot truly understand this crisis until you understand the impact of Credit Default swaps that compounded the mortgage crisis, and the ignorance of people getting adjustable rate mortgages when interest rates were at an all time low. The lack of economic understanding within our society has put us at a significant disadvantage, and the only way to solve this is through educating ourselves so that we can make informed buying, and more importantly, voting decisions. Thank you Ms. Klint, and I look forward to the event.
annemklint
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June 13, 2013
Thank you so much for your comment. You are doing exactly what I had hoped might result from this project - simply talking about the crisis and its effects on real people and communities all over this country (and even beyond our borders).

Did you see the film and exhibition? I hope you will join us on July 13th at noon for a gallery talk and further discussion of the project. Please also visit the website for more as well: www.annemklint.com/inhabit


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