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Flag Wars

(Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras, 2003)

Stream | Artist Residency | Wex Commissioned Project

We’re proud to bring back a film that holds a special place in the center’s history! Filmed in Columbus’s Olde Towne East neighborhood over four years in the early 2000s, Flag Wars is a personal account of urban gentrification and its effects on a community.

Now a common phenomenon, gay families began moving into the area in the 1990s—attracted by and renovating its relatively inexpensive Victorian homes—increasing property values and displacing the neighborhood’s working-class families, many of them African American. In the film we see the clashes caused by this process, exposing prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream of having a home to call your own. The film was created with the support of the center’s Film/Video Studio. (86 mins., digital video). Closed captioning available.

More about the directors

A Columbus native based in New York, director Linda Goode Bryant founded the groundbreaking artist space and gallery Just Above Midtown in 1974 and is the founder and president of Project EATS, a nonprofit dedicated to improving access to fresh food and the well-being of low-income neighborhoods. Laura Poitras is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow and cocreator of the filmmaker-driven visual journalism unit Field of Vision. She won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Citizenfour (2014).

More about the project and filmmakers

Pride flag hanging on the porch of a home. Next to this house is a home with an American flag hanging in front.
In the left of the image, a woman stands addressing someone in the room. She is holding an orange piece of paper. To her left are two men, one standing and one seated looking at her.
A man stands in front of wall with a selection of paintings on it
A group of four people in a circle talking
A sign that reads Olde Town Tour

MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
L Brands Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Huntington Bank
Nationwide Foundation

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Kaufman Development
Cardinal Health Foundation

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