Open House

USA 2009, Documentary, 30' | Director, Realization Diane Nerwen

In the Brooklyn district of Williamsburg some forty apartment towers are being built that will drastically change the face of the neighbourhood. Open House shows this process at work, focusing on how long-established structures are literally torn apart by outside developers capitalizing on a frenzied housing market, putting locals under pressure to sell out while the price is right.


The works of American video artist and media arts educator Diane Nerwen have been shown internationally, including screenings at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum (both in New York) and in the Tate Modern in London. She has received various grants in the US, and since 2001 has lived in Berlin as artist in residence at the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD).

Films by Diane Nerwen
Open House/Chapter 1: Removal 2008
FUH 2006
The Sexorcist: Reverginize 2005
The Thief of Bagdad 2003
The Great Yiddish Love 2002
In the Blood 2000
Spank 1999
Under the Skin Game 1986

Diane Nerwen
Documentary, Short Film
Focus: Now What