The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
Summer Showcase
(USA, 2011, 83 mins)
Directed By: Chad Freidrichs
Producers: Chad Freidrichs, Jaime Freidrichs, Paul Fehler, Brian Woodman
Screenwriters: Chad Freidrichs, Jaime Freidrichs
Cinematographer: Chad Freidrichs
Editor: Chad Freidrichs
Featuring: Sylvester Brown, Robert Fishman, Joseph Heathcott, Brian King, Ruby Russell, Joyce Ladner, Valerie Sills, Jacqueline Williams
Music: Benjamin Balcom
When the 33 buildings that comprised St. Louis’ Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex were infamously imploded, they took with them shocking physical proof of how the United States has failed to deal with its urban poor. Once beautifully maintained and sparkling with newness and hope, Pruitt-Igoe was born from good intentions. But when the economy weakened and legislators' noble intentions drifted away, the complex was allowed to sink into abject decline, becoming lawless and, for the residents who remained, often terrifying.

Comprised of gripping archival footage and stirring personal interviews, this enlightening history probes complex issues of race, poverty and class with artistry and compassion.

Screening Schedule
Fri, Jun 17th 7:40pm
Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 14
Sat, Jun 18th 4:00pm
Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 10
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