NOT FOR RENT! Documentary Film – Metamora Films

Q & A Session During the Film Premier at Weber State University

(please note:  Though me may use the term “ex-felon” in some of our reports and blogs, the Justice Department encourages the phrases: “person who committed a crime” and “individual who was incarcerated” in speeches and other communication.)
See article here.

NOT FOR RENT! is the latest documentary from Metamora Films.  The feature length film highlights individuals and families who are struggling in finding rental housing due to their prior felony convictions.  In one particular case in the film, Tonia, who has a felony dating back almost 30 years, faces discrimination from several Northern Utah property managers.

Directed and produced by Matt Duhamel, this powerful and unique film also focuses on Utah’s Good Landlord Program and how it affects tenants and landlords.  The film not only speaks on Utah’s challenges when it comes to landlords and property owners renting to ex-felons, it also has a national focus on the wider issues of prison recidivism, social ostracism, and the recent April 4th, 2016 announcement by the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which states: “A landlord that imposes a blanket prohibition on any person with any conviction record (regardless of when the conviction occurred, what the conviction was for, or what the convicted person has done since) will be hard-pressed to prove the policy is necessary to achieve a valid housing-related interest.”

The worldwide release of NOT FOR RENT! was held on April 5, 2017 at Weber State University.

Director, Matt Duhamel introducing NOT FOR RENT!

Molly Prince, Former President of UPAN

Anna Brower (ACLU of Utah) talking to the audience during Q & A

Matt Duhamel with Prof. Monica Williams (Weber State University)