Giorgio Angelini is the director of the new documentary film Owned: A Tale of Two Americas, a film about suburbanization and mass homeownership in America, those who have benefited from it, and those who have been left behind by it. The film features the work of Strong Towns, and we are proud to have Giorgio joining us for a screening of it at our North Texas Regional Gathering.
Giorgio came into film from a longer, multi-faceted career in the creative arts. After touring in bands like The Rosebuds and Bishop Allen for much of his 20s, Giorgio enrolled in the Masters of Architecture program at Rice University during the depths of the 2008 real estate collapse. It was during this tumultuous time that the seeds for Giorgio’s documentary debut, Owned, began to take shape.
Awarded a research grant to photograph the abandoned McMansions of Inland Empire, California, what Giorgio ultimately encountered was an environment far more perverse and disturbing than he had initially anticipated. Thousands of square miles once replete with thriving orange groves, burnt down to make way for a new commodity—conditioned square footage. With access to cheap money dried out, the charred orange groves sat alongside these half-built McMansions. Commodities in limbo. It was clear there was a larger story to tell.
Following graduate school, Angelini began working with the boutique architecture firm, Schaum Shieh Architects, where he designed a wide array of projects. From an exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale to the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, Texas, which received an AIA design award in 2017.
Focusing on film now, Giorgio launched his own production company, Section Perspective Films. A nod to his intersection between architecture and film. Giorgio also served as the executive producer for the feature film My Friend Dahmer (2017) and directed a documentary-short for celebrated performance artist Mary Ellen Carroll entitled My Death is Pending…Because.
(Bio excerpted and adapted from the Owned web site.)