Monday, January 9, 2012

Preview "Spanish Lake": A Documentary on White Flight, Section 8 Housing and Decline

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Phillip Andrew Morton grew up in Spanish Lake, studied film at Webster University and then headed to Hollywood, where he's produced videos for comic Katt Williams and edited trailers for movies like "Ocean's 13." But now, the 32-year-old is putting the finishing touches on a documentary about his hometown and its steep decline.

The Post-Dispatch published a nice Sunday piece on the movie and its maker. (Meanwhile, the eternally sarcastic editor of Punching Kitty blurbs the trailer and confesses that he, too, grew up Spanish Lake).

The P-D apparently got an advance copy of the film, because reporter Paul Hampel quotes a a segment in which Spanish Lake attorney David Naumann gets blunt about Section 8 Housing:
"Whenever you concentrate that many apartments with potentially so many poor people in the area, (trouble) consumes those areas," Naumann says in the movie. "What really upsets me is we have liberals from Clayton and Ladue and those places who will say, 'How can you say that? That is racist!' ... and you look down on us and you say mean things about us and you dare to call us racist when we are concerned about our property values, our safety, our children."

Naumann suggested spreading Section 8 housing equally around the county.

"Till then, do not dare to call us names, because we will not tolerate it," he says in the movie.
Whew! Things are gettin' raw. We've got an e-mail into Morton asking whether any local screenings are planned/envisioned. If so, we'll let you know.


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