Extraordinary filmmaking—a unique account of regeneration, renewal, and the tenacity of local people, as seen through the death of one community and the rebirth of another. It is a must see movie.”
—Professor Harris Beider, Academic Director,
Institute of Community Cohesion, U.K.
Four hundred multi-cultural, low income families in Portland, Oregon are displaced in a bid to replace “blighted” public housing with a modern mixed-income community. Imagining Home explores the controversial impacts of urban renewal, through the stories of residents seeking healing, dignity, and empowerment in their new neighborhood.
A much needed, in-depth examination of urban renewal, through the voices of the people who’ve experienced it. ‘Imagining Home’ takes critical qualitative research and makes it accessible to the public.”
—Genevieve Quist, PhD, Public Policy, Rhodes Scholar,
University of Oxford England
Run time: 65 Minutes; Closed Captioned
Sue Arbuthnot is a filmmaker with an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BFA in Sculpture from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. Sue founded Gracenote Productions in 1991 and Hare in the Gate Productions, LLC, in 1999, and with partner Richard Wilhelm, they produce documentaries, multi-media interpretive exhibits, design, and photography. Their award-winning films have received numerous arts and humanities grants, have aired on PBS, and have screened internationally. Their feature documentary Dryland, filmed over ten years, and featuring an original score by award-winning composer Mark Orton (Nebraska) celebrated its World Premiere at the 2014 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Sue is the recipient of a Pacific Pioneer Fund grant and an Oregon Media Arts Fellowship. She teaches Film Production at the Northwest Film Center in Portland and is a founding member and Board Vice-President of the Portland Chapter of Women in Film.
Richard Wilhelm earned his BFA and MFA in Visual Design and Photography from the University of Oregon, and then established a design studio in Seattle, which he directed for 14 years. Richard’s photography has been exhibited in galleries and collections throughout the United States. He taught photography at UO and Elderhostel, and conducted 50 photographic workshops. Richard’s recent work includes several permanent multi-media interpretive exhibits in Portland. In addition to producing films for Hare in the Gate Productions, Richard, along with Sue and two other partners, created InfinityBox Press, LLC, publishing new and re-released fiction of his mother, renowned author Kate Wilhelm, as well as republishing the works of his late stepfather Damon Knight, celebrated both as a science fiction author and editor.