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Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel (2007)

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When aggressive developers buy a century-old, flophouse hotel to turn it into an artscentric hot spot, long-time staff and residents begin a five-year struggle to survive.

Directors:

Neil Graham (co-director), Derreck Roemer (co-director)
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When aggressive developers purchase a crumbling flophouse hotel, to turn it into an arts and music hot spot, long-time staff and residents worry they'll be squeezed out. The developers' plan--a gradual restoration seeing staff and residents remain upstairs while the bar serves designer drinks to affluent clientèle downstairs--doesn't work. An experimental filmmaker, inherits the mess and forms a "business model that includes social change," but the hotel has the last word. City inspectors demand complete rewiring, the boiler blows up, ceilings leak, walls crumble and everybody's got to go. Shot over five years in a cinema direct style, this intimate and compelling portrait of the effects of urban renewal upon the poor, reveals the unintentional roles we often play in gentrification. Written by Derreck Roemer

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A lot of people live in hotels.

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Documentary

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

CAD 132,000 (estimated)
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Last Call Productions See more »
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(theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Near the end of the protracted five-year production of "Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel", filmmaker Derreck Roemer fell from his roof, breaking both wrists and two ribs. He shot the climactic final interview of the film with both arms in casts, fooling bystanders into believing that the casts were homemade camera braces. See more »

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