The award-winning documentary UNZIPPED: An Autopsy of American Inequality, a searing exposé of the growing affordable housing crisis in America, is officially in the running for the 2024 Academy Awards in the Documentary Feature category. The film debuted across streaming services worldwide in June 2023 including Amazon, Vimeo, Apple TV, Google Play, Youtube, Tubi, WaterBear and others following premieres in New York City and Los Angeles.
A special Oscar FYC screening is being held Monday December 11th from 6-8pm at Beyond Baroque in Venice CA hosted by the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art and the Venice Heritage Museum. After the film there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers to follow.
The Oscar short list qualification follows the film and its #RaiseTheRoof campaign being named Finalists for the Webby Anthem Awards in the Humanitarian Action & Services / Film & TV category this week. A companion, affordable housing impact campaign, #RaiseTheRoof, also launched alongside the global film release. An interactive impact hub offers simple ways for people to learn, get involved and advance the affordable housing movement. Educational elements include an interactive zip code tracker connecting people to local housing organizations, a downloadable Community Learning Guide, as well as opportunities for university and high school screenings. 10% of all film revenue are being given to affordable housing and homeless advocacy organizations.
Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Colin K. Gray, produced by The Sibs, and executive produced by Lucy Liu, UNZIPPED: An Autopsy of American Inequality has been hailed as the "frontline" documentary "for America's housing divide" by Variety, a film that "humanizes" the issue by KCRW, and an "important, powerful and enlightening" documentary by KPCC's FilmWeek.
In May, the film celebrated its red carpet premiere in New York City in partnership with the New York State Association for Affordable Housing and the NYU Furman Center. A Q&A followed, moderated by NY Times housing reporter, Mahir Zaveri, with the film's writer/director Colin K. Gray, NYU Furman Center's Vicki Been, NYC Dept of Social Services Commissioner Molly Park, NYSAFAH's board vice-chair, Kirk Goodrich, and ANDH's executive director, Barika Williams.
Its LA premiere took place at the Hollywood Legion in partnership with Housing California and Roadmap Home 2030. The Q&A, moderated by KCRW's Steve Chiotakis, included Housing California's executive director Chione Flegal, Venice Community Housing's executive director Becky Dennison, Residents United Network (RUN) advocate Maria Hernandez, and writer/director Gray.
UNZIPPED is produced by GRAiNEY PICTURES in association with Ley Line Entertainment and The Nation of Artists and features tracks from acclaimed rap duo, Run The Jewels. The film's diverse crew includes all-women identifying production and graphic design teams and over 50% BIPOC executive producers that brought audiences Everything Everywhere All at Once, Miss Juneteenth, Black Boys, The Square, Atari: Game Over and Freedom's Fury.