‘Behind On Rent’ sweeps up the honors

Gabriella Parsons' short film on the faces of Nebraska's eviction and affordable housing crisis has been officially selected for film festivals from Portland to Atlanta.

by
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

In December, local filmmaker Gabriella Parsons introduced Nebraskans to several of the faces of the state’s eviction crisis. Now, her work is gaining nationwide notice.

Parsons’ short film, Behind On Rent, has been officially selected for a number of film festivals this fall – including the Oregon Documentary Film Festival in Portland in August and the Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival in Atlanta in September. 

The 27-minute film (below) follows the stories of four Nebraskans who face eviction amid the surging pandemic in 2020.

Commissioned by History Nebraska, the South of Downtown Community Development Organization, and the Nebraska Housing Developers Association, the film brought the Speak Up For Housing Rights coalition’s mission into public view, garnering nearly 140,000 views on YouTube.

“I am just overwhelmed with gratitude for the receptivity to these stories and the opportunity to be a witness,” Parsons said.

Behind on Rent will be shown along with other official Oregon Documentary Film Festival selections on Aug. 15 at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland. It then will join the other official selections from the Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival at Atlanta’s historic Plaza Theater. If you’re near either of those cities during those dates, we invite you to join in and cheer Behind On Rent on! 

In the meantime, visit SpeakUpLNK.org and join the movement for housing affordability. Eviction is not just a condition of poverty – it’s a cause, and that affects everyone in our community. We all must tackle this urgent and growing crisis together.

Related Articles

Practicing ‘radical hope’

More than a personal mood or private feeling, ‘radical hope’ is the basis of collective social and political action. It is the ‘we’ as in ‘we shall overcome,’ in ‘we the people,’ and in ‘we are in this together,’ Laurien Alexandre writes.

What does ‘we’ mean to you?

Join Civic Nebraska in celebrating community this holiday season. Give to our Civic Celebrations Fund and then share what ‘we’ means to you.

A call for democratic renewal – at home and abroad

Democracy is exceptional, and it requires all of us to work constantly, urgently, and boldly. International IDEA touches on this necessity in its report, calling for “global democratic renewal” via three broad strokes for governments and citizens alike.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Locations

  • Lincoln
    530 S. 13th St. Suite 100, Lincoln NE 68508
    402.904.5191
  • Omaha
    6400 University Drive, N CEC 117.12, Omaha NE 68182-0708
    402.554.3584
  • Greater Nebraska
    203 N. Locust St., Grand Island NE 68801
    308@civicnebraska.org
  • Contact Us

After School Programs

  • Sherman Elementary School

    5618 N 14th Ave.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Lewis and Clark Middle School

    6901 Burt St.
    Omaha, NE 68132

  • Lothrop Magnet Elementary

    3300 N. 22nd St.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Campbell Elementary School

    2200 Dodge St.
    Lincoln, NE 68521

  • Lincoln High School

    2229 J St.
    Lincoln, NE 68510

  • Lincoln Northeast High School

    2635 N. 63rd St.
    Lincoln, NE 68507

  • Randolph Elementary School

    1024 S. 37th St.
    Lincoln, NE 68510

  • Raymond Central Elementary Schools

    Ceresco: 114 S. Third, Box 10
    Valparaiso: 406 E. 3rd St

0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x