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! will be on April 5, 2017 at Weber State University. The event is open to the general public as well as students and tickets are FREE. Tickets will be available through this website starting January 1st.