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Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel

Director:
  • Derreck Roemer / Last Call Productions
  • Neil Graham
Producer:
  • Derreck Roemer / Last Call Productions
  • Neil Graham
Writer:
  • Derreck Roemer / Last Call Productions
  • Neil Graham
Cinematographer:
  • Derreck Roemer / Last Call Productions
  • Neil Graham
Editor:
  • Michèle Hozer
  • Derreck Roemer / Last Call Productions
Sound:
  • Jakob Thiesen
  • Ian Rodness
  • Derreck Roemer / Last Call Productions
  • Neil Graham
Distributor / Sales:
  • Derreck Roemer / Last Call Productions
Executive Producer:
  • Geeta Sondhi

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  • Country:Canada
  • Year:2007
  • Length:65 min
  • Data rate:7.5 MB/min
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Description
In 2000, developers purchased the crumbling, century-old Gladstone hotel to turn it from a skid row flophouse to an arts hotspot. They think it's empty... until they meet Marilyn, the chambermaid with a heart of gold; Shirley Ann, the cynical front desk clerk; and a motley crew of residents, including Marianne, an ex-bag lady with a sweet personality who has turned her room into a toxic zone. The developers come up with a plan: gradual restoration that would see staff and residents remain upstairs while the bar downstairs stocks designer drinks. It doesn't work. When Christina Zeidler inherits the mess but is committed to a "business model that includes social change," the hotel has the last word. City inspectors demand complete rewiring, the boiler blows up leaving the hotel without heat, ceilings leak, walls are crumbling and everybody's gotta go. Shot over five years with a cinema direct style, the directors have crafted a riveting and extraordinary human portrait of the effects of urban renewal upon the poor and the unintentional roles artists play in the process of gentrification - Official Selection, 2007 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
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