We hadn't heard much of this film until a recent bubble of press as the film extended it's release at Tivoli for another week – it's also apparently the number one film at Tivoli at the moment.
Spanish Lake is a bold and uncompromising documentary focused on economic oppression in the suburb of Spanish Lake, Missouri. Operating without a local government, the lack of community leadership has disastrous effects, including a mass exodus of the white population in the late 1990's. The themes of the film parallel America's growing political divide, underlying racism, and rise of anti-government sentiment. Highlighted in the film is a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case from 1971, spearheaded by then HUD Secretary George Romney, which changed the course of public housing for the nation.
We'd by lying if we said it doesn't feel just a wee bit sensationalized: implementing the tag line "THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR" and showcasing a lot of white hoosier racists in the trailer. We're not doubting that there is a story to be told, but it definitely seems there is a bit of riding the wave of success from the Pruitt-Igoe Myth, released in 2011.
Has anyone seen it and have a review? Let us know in the comments.