The Gentrification Game film comp

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Announcing the 2009 I Want to Live Here film comp!

The theme this year is:

The Gentrification Game: The War on Creativity

Artists exist on the edge of the system. Wages are required to pay for basic living expenses such as rent and food. Time is required to be creative.

Cheap rent gives artists more time for their passion. This sees many creative communities develop on the periphery, often in rundown ghetto-like communities that are close to the city.

Unfortunately, land speculators know this.

How many times do we have to see an artistic community moved on from the community they create?

Chapel St central to Chapel Windsor, Brunswick St moved on to Gertrude St, then to High St, Northcote – now out of the city to Castlemaine?!!!

A few years after change agents set up the sort of community we should all aspire to, the fabric of the community is undone through it’s own success. Willingly. By our government’s policies.

Higher rents acts as a large paint brush, smothering a creative community with biege.

What are the economic forces behind this?

Attend a “Tax Minimisation for Lawyers” seminar and you will hear how land speculators are given a racial cultural profile of what a hipster looks like. “It’s your job to find them on a Saturday morning and figure out what vibe they look for. Then you have to try and find that look, that feel, in another suburb further out. Buy there and wait”.

Artists are pawns under the current system of property taxation. Artists give the ghetto a makeover with some tactile graffiti, a few cool cafes and bars emerge and then the wanna bees start to move in.

Aha! But the speculators are already there, rubbing their hands with glee.

Why should they take all the benefits of community creation?
Is it fair to blame the land speculator for a systemic failure?

Make a 3 minute film about this story and what creative people can do to find a balance between community, creation and ‘cleaning up’.

Read more to find out what the judges are looking for at the film comp’s Guidelines page. All entrants must register via the I Want to Live Here site

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