Documentary on GoFundMe Aims at Telling Story of Lake Tahoe's Housing Crisis

Documentary on GoFundMe Aims at Telling Story of Lake Tahoe's Housing Crisis

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Documentary on GoFundMe Aims at Telling Story of Lake Tahoe's Housing Crisis

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If you’re looking to support an indie documentary about the ski industry’s housing crisis, this GoFundMe is worth checking out. Fellow Proctor Academy Alumni Elizabeth Cameron, Alex Van Raalte, and Amina Hughes are partnering to create a short film chronicling the struggles Tahoe residents face regarding their housing crisis and its effects on the ongoing worker shortage. The money will go towards paying the editors, cinematographers, transportation,  post-production, and film festival submissions that will make the film possible.

I talked with Elizabeth Cameron about the project, and what inspired her to start this project: “I wanted to combine my career in film with my love of skiing this winter, so I knew I wanted to work on some variation of a ski movie. I also wanted to subvert the genre somewhat and bring in a more socially conscious element to the film. The housing crisis directly affects staffing at ski resorts and the local ski culture, so with a great team of local filmmakers we’re tackling the topic in a documentary.”

Their goal“shed light on the housing crisis in the Lake Tahoe basin through the lens of the local ski industry. We aim to show that this dilemma is more than just a financial issue for both landlords and renters. When those working in the ski industry cannot afford to live in the community they support, the community at large is affected: less terrain is open, fewer volunteer rescuers are on call, and people are forced to move away instead of building a sustainable life in the mountains they adore. We hope to contribute to the ongoing conversation and highlight a stellar group of skiing and snowboarding community members that care about improving the situation.”

You can check out the GoFundMe and the full description of the project here. Image Credits: Unsplash, GoFundMe, Amina Hughes

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