A birthplace of culture, of entrepreneurs, of legends and excitement...Pittsburgh's Hill District.
It's now seen as nothing more than blight and cheap real estate - at least to the people who want to buy it up and redevelop it. Yet, the community that still lives there, born of the glory days, fights day by day as their dream for the neighborhood slips through their fingers to gentrification.
But there is hope in the next generation, sparked by two young women in a story reminiscent to "You've Got Mail." Perhaps they hold the key to both save and rehabilitate one of the nation's greatest Black communities.
"Rehabilitation of the Hill" was declared, "A study in craft, inspiration," by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and won Best Feature at the Jacksonville Film Festival.
Starring Harry Lennix (The Blacklist, The Matrix Reloaded), Christina Wren (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman), Joshua Elijah Reese (How to Get Away with Murder, Shameless), and introducing Kelsey Packwood
Demetrius Wren (writer / director) has a deep love for exploring complex characters in his stories. From his first play about African American families like his own in Mississippi - Legends, Myths and Hieroglyphs (called by Christopher Durang one of the most original scripts he’s read) - to Streetball, a documentary intimately following the players in South Africa’s homeless street soccer leagues, he is drawn to communities that are often overlooked by the media, hidden from our public eye, seen as undesirable. He made a Virtual Reality film with the United Nations, documenting the stories after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and has directed the feature films Saudade? and Moon and Sun as well as several shorts and episodics. His most recent feature, The Rehabilitation of the Hill, is a piece very close to his heart, brought to life in the historic Hill District in the city of Pittsburgh.