In October of 1970, the Atlanta Housing Authority opened a public housing community on the edges of Atlanta called East Lake Meadows. Over the next 25 years, many thousands of low-income Atlantans, mostly African-American, would call it home. Residents moved in for hundreds of different reasons and created strong bonds despite the many challenges they faced. But as public housing in America became stigmatize and abandoned, and a crack wave swept through the neighborhood, East Lake Meadows became nearly uninhabitable. In the mid-1990s, Atlanta bulldozed the housing project to make way for new mixed-income housing, as government and philanthropic funds poured into the area in an effort to create a thriving community.
Through the stories of the former residents of East Lake Meadows, East Lake will give voice to some of the most marginalized people in our society and raise critical questions about how we have created concentrated poverty and limited housing opportunity for African Americans, and what can be done to address it.
This film will be produced and directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon.