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UNB assistant professor to showcase video essay on creative housing solutions

Author: Dr. Eric Weissman

Posted on Nov 18, 2019

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A video essay by University of New Brunswick assistant professor of sociology, Dr. Eric Weissman, will be screened at Saint John’s New Brunswick Museum on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7 - 9 p.m. 

“Subtext – Real Stories” will be shown as part of the national housing day event “Creative Housing Solutions,” organized by the Saint John Human Development Council.

Dr. Weissman, a member of the Institute for Urban and Community Studies at UNB, created his visual essay using a variety of digital media captured over the last 20 years across a number of different cities. Beginning in Toronto in 2000 and ending in Fredericton and Moncton in 2019, the film offers an intimate and gritty study of tiny home villages built by and for homeless people, as well as an examination of tent camps, the Housing First model and conventional housing for people experiencing homelessness.

“The film is what I’d call an experimental video essay,” explains Dr. Weissman. “It’s crafted from bits and pieces of a number of smaller films I have made. It is designed to inform the audience and prime a serious discussion on the role tiny homes can play in solving homelessness.”

The screening will be followed by an open conversation with audience members on creative solutions to the affordable housing crisis.

The event held will be in the Mary Oland Theatre, 1 Market Square. It is open to everyone and admission is free. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to:

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