"Saint Cloud Hill is often dramatic, capturing tense standoffs between cops and vagrants."
"But this documentary is also filled with hope, and admiration for all those visionaries who see how neglected people and places can be put to good use."
This Land is Your Land
Captain Chris Scott rallies a colony of tent residents to defend their provisional homes against the forces of gentrification. Evolved from a docuseries about the underbelly of Nashville's growing prosperity, Saint Cloud Hill dives deep into the tragic personal experiences of a displaced community losing its last remnant of stability.
Shot over six months by a two-person crew who live in the same neighborhood as the people and events, Saint Cloud Hill’s immediacy is the result of exceptional access. The filmmakers are there when the drama unfolds, from the tent community’s original eviction notice to a large city protest to a harrowing midnight police arrival. As a result, the film plays more like a traditional narrative drama than a conventional documentary.
Allison Inman is education and engagement director at the Belcourt Theatre, Nashville's Nonprofit Film Center. Before the Belcourt, she worked in communications consulting and public media, first for Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver and then for ITVS, where she hosted documentary screening engagement events in Denver, New Orleans and Nashville.
Jace Freeman and Sean Clark make narrative nonfiction documentaries. Utilizing a strict direct cinema approach, the duo has created several features including the award-winning film, Nashville 2012 (2013), and The Ballad of Shovels and Rope (2014) which won Best Feature Documentary at the 2014 Port Townsend Film Festival and multiple awards at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival. They share co-director credits on Baracoa (2019) recently winning the Silver Biznaga Audience Award at the 2019 Festival de Málaga and a nomination for the Glashütte Original Documentary Award at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.
Denis Deck is Founder and Executive Producer at Sequitur Cinema. To date he has produced four feature films, several short form projects, and hundreds of commercial and branded pieces. Prior to his work in film, Deck has worked professionally as a Journalist Photographer in New York City, an Advertising Copywriter, Indie Rock Musician, Bartender, and Little League Umpire.