Lucy Liu signs on as executive producer for acclaimed new documentary – UNZIPPED: AN AUTOPSY OF AMERICAN INEQUALITY

1) Nikol Williams, De Shawn Huff and daughters stand and wait in a scene from the award-winning UNZIPPED. 2) Nikol Williams and her daughter share a moment. (Photo credit:  Kelly Fogel)

Award winning actress, director, producer and artist Lucy Liu has signed on as executive producer for the insightful and timely –  “UNZIPPED:  An Autopsy of American Inequality” – a searing exposé of the growing affordable housing crisis in America.

This often heartbreaking film focuses on one of the country’s most iconic and increasingly income divided zip codes, Venice CA 90291.  Once a mecca for artists, outsiders and a thriving black community, Venice is now the frontline for America’s heated battles over gentrification, lack of affordable housing, and homelessness. 

With moving, personal profiles of several artist families who struggle to remain in their neighborhood, to bitterly contested community fights over a proposed homeless shelter, UNZIPPED humanizes the lives of people caught in the cross-fire of America’s growing housing divide. UNZIPPED is an urgent call to action on this alarming humanitarian issue for more equitable housing solutions for every community in America and around the globe.

Photo courtesy: Sophy Holland

 As a long-time UNICEF ambassador, I’ve seen how housing is one the most important social determinants of health around the globe, for children in particular.  I was moved by the stories in UNZIPPED and how the film humanizes the lived experiences of several families struggling with America’s own affordable housing crisis, I am hopeful this documentary will help catalyze debate and action on how to better protect the most vulnerable in society.

Lucy Liu

Liu is joining a diverse, inclusive and BIPOC represented filmmaking team that includes hip hop legends, Run The Jewels, who contributed opening and closing tracks to the film.  Lucy’s fellow executive producers include Theresa Steele Page, Tim Headington, Amaechi Uzoigwe, Lorien Gabel and Elliot Kotek, along with the film’s all-female producing team, Megan Raney Aarons, Jamila C. Fairley and Carol J. Gronner.  GRAiNEY PICTURES is producing in association with Ley Line Entertainment, The Nation of Artists and Still Moving Pictures.

According to writer and director Colin K. Gray, “Having Lucy join the team is a true honor. We wanted to counter the divisive rhetoric around homelessness and affordable housing with personalized profiles of people struggling to survive in one of America’s most iconic zip codes.  We hope UNZIPPED will inspire people to get involved in the movement to enshrine housing as a human right.”

UNZIPPED had its world festival premiere recently on Oct 24th at the Newport Beach Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature.  Following the win, Cargo Film & Releasing nabbed global sales rights.  UNZIPPED is now playing at the American Black Film Festival.

Visit www.unzippedmovie.com and socials @unzippedmovie #unzippedmovie to learn more.

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