Takeover: Homeless people simultaneously take over empty houses in eight cities.
On May 1st, 1990, homeless people in eight cities around the country seized empty (HUD) federal housing simultaneously. It was the first national coordinated homeless housing takeover ever. Skylight Pictures followed the takeovers with 12 crews in the eight cities, documenting the secret planning, the illegal occupations, and the hopeful aftermath of this bold endeavor. An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, broadcast on PBS on the P.O.V. series. Released theatrically at The Film Forum (New York City).
Press More press
“Proclaimed by all our reviewers as the best pro-active anti-poverty film in this guide...an empowering piece...TAKEOVER should be included in any screening focusing on the homeless.”
Media Network/Anti-Poverty Media Guide, Fall 1991
“ Three Stars ***”
New York Newsday, October 1, 1991
“Takeover [is] a stunning, hard-hitting and thought-provoking visual and verbal statement about the homeless and not-so-hapless in America.”
The Hollywood Reporter, April 23, 1991
“It's as exciting as a war movie, tender in all the right places, and makes terrific use of music...”
Rock & Roll Confidential, March 1991
About the Film
Release date: Jul 14, 1990
Running time: 0m