NYC Tenants Project, 2015

During my first semester at Studio 20 I became the project producer of this collective interactive site. Because I already knew how to film and edit, professor Jason Maloney allowed me to work on my own, pre-produce the piece and create the site using Klynt, a software we acquired after researching about many softwares and tools.

Klynt allowed us to create (without coding) many  interactions between videos, as well as add text and other layers.

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Since October I began gathering contacts and cases of landlord harassment in NYC and possible interviews with lawyers and experts. Later I supported my classmates during their shootings & editing of the pieces  that would compose the interactive (November and December).

Once I had all the material – and during the holidays –  I created all the interactive design with Klynt and I asked Jordi Nus, a student at Stern Film Score to compose the music for us.

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In September 2014, three students from NYU’s Studio 20 program were assigned to cover a story about alleged tenant harassment in the Lower East Side. Compelled by their story, student Clàudia Prat set out to find similar stories and get to the bottom of this incredibly complex issue, becoming the project producer of this interactive and collective documentary.

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The students of Studio 20 met with tenants, community organizers, lawyers and academics to try to understand the state of New York housing and its potential future. With the use of video, audio, photography and interactive storytelling, the piece spotlights the loss of approximately 300,000 rent regulated apartments in New York City and prompts us to ask: what kind of city do we want?