Owned: A Tale of Two Americas
In Partnership with ArCH Film Festival
With Giorgio Angelini
The United States’ postwar housing policy created the world’s largest middle class. It also set America on two divergent paths—one of imagined wealth, propped up by speculations and endless booms and busts, and the other in systematically defunded, segregated communities, where “the American dream” feels hopelessly out of reach.
Some ten years after the last housing collapse and well into a perceived upswing, the election of Donald Trump and urban uprisings in places like Baltimore suggest that there’s a far more fundamental problem with housing policy in America. And we haven’t even begun to ‘recover.’
This documentary is a fever dream vision into the dark history behind the US housing economy. Tracking its overtly racist beginnings to its unbridled commoditization, the film exposes a foundational story few Americans understand as their own.
Director Giorgio Angelini enrolled in the Masters of Architecture program at Rice University during the depths of the 2008 real estate collapse. It was during this tumultuous time that the seeds for Giorgio’s documentary debut, Owned, began to take shape.
|Country, Year||United States, 2017|
|Runtime||83 MINS, 00 SECS|
After touring in bands including The Rosebuds and Bishop Allen for much of his 20s, Angelini enrolled in the Masters of Architecture program at Rice University during the depths of the 2008 real estate collapse. It was in this tumultuous time that the seeds for his documentary debut, Owned, began to take shape. Following graduate school, Angelini began working with Shaum Shich Architects, where he designed a wide array of projects, including the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, Texas, which received an AIA design award in 2017. While directing Owned, he helped to produce the indie break-out hit My Friend Dahmer (2017) and directed a documentary short for celebrated performance artist Mary Ellen Carroll entitled, My Death is Pending…Because (2017). Angelini is currently producing his second feature documentary, Feel Good Man, a story about Pepe the Frog, memetics, and the rise of far-right youth culture in America.