In 1970, the City of Atlanta opened East Lake Meadows, a housing project for low-income families. Over the next two decades, the neighborhood, disproportionately African American, deteriorated as crime rates and joblessness soared, schools failed, and a $35-million-a-year drug trade flourished. Police considered the community a “war zone."
East Lake will tell the story of East Lake Meadows and how it was transformed into an entirely new and different community. The life and times of its radical metamorphosis raises critical questions about concentrated poverty and our responsibility to ensure decent housing for all citizens, including those most vulnerable.
This film will be produced and directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon.