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Vacant, an eight-year chronicle of housing gentrification
in Hoboken. An intricate and deeply human portrait of the city and
the people that lived there, the film went on to play at the New
York Film Festival, Sundance, and the San Francisco Film Festival
where it garnered a Golden Gate Award. In the doc, Jacobson captured
all sides of the real estate struggle with an equally intelligent
and wry eye, from eccentric politicians and naive developers, to
Hoboken natives and newly transplanted yuppies.
by Vincent Canby of The New York Times as
"a fine, rich film ... an urban epic."
award-winning documentary chronicles 8 years of housing wars in Hoboken,
NJ, a mile-square city across the river from Manhattan. It features
a real life cast of long time residents, newly arrived yuppies, tenant
organizers, real estate developers, immigrants from around the world
and the wackiest mayor in America.
-New York Film Festival
-Sundance Film Festival
-Golden Gate Award, San Francisco Int'l Film Festival
Variety, October 19, 1992:
"Producer-director Nora Jacobson keeps this bit of social
history vibrant with a lively assortment of characters and an
involving battle over displacement of residents."
The New York Times, October 10,
"Delivered Vacant' is a story of greed, hope, political action,
bewilderment, free enterprise, idealism and rampant opportunism...an
NY Daily News, August 6, 1993:
"...Nora Jacobson's 'Delivered Vacant' is a documentary that
puts many Hollywood epics to shame in terms of its scale, substance
and intricacy of storytelling."
Seymour, New York Newsday, October
"...we now have one of the best and most touching histories
we may ever get of what happened to America in the last decade....this
richly detailed saga of urban transition...comes close enough to
be ranked with books like J. Anthony Lukas' 'Common Ground.' It's
The Village Voice, June 1, 1993:
'80s gentrification saga with the scope and detail of a 19th century
novel, Nora Jacobson's Delivered Vacant has the charm but none of
the smartass posturing of Roger and Me....more involving than the
most impassioned agitprop or well-balanced PBS documentary....Jacobson
has an amazing ability to get people to reveal themselves on camera..."