One of the most livable cities, if you can find a spot.
As the Vancouver housing market continues to rise, some residents, too often overlooked have turned to live in their RVs and vans as a cost-effective way to avoid paying the city’s extraordinary high rent and mortgage costs. This documentary will focus on the daily lives of these residents, and the circumstances which led them to this unconventional style of residency in one of North America’s most expensive cities. Through this journey we seek to create an open dialogue with these individuals, discussing aspects of their daily lives that come with living in these circumstances, and in doing so, go beyond that and grasp their perspective about what the future holds for many of this city’s residents who are uniquely adjusting to Vancouver’s endlessly soaring costs of living.
We aim to shine light on Vancouver’s housing crisis and ever-growing population choosing to live in RV’s & Vans. With the goal of catching the attention of our local municipality and people beyond our municipal borders with the goal of making change.
A visual Style I would convey in the documentary is through night shooting. RVs and Vans are where some call home, and this is what a lot of them see at the end of their day.
Though they have 4 wheels, many who live in their RVs/Vans leave their vehicles in one spot when they go to work to maintain there parking.
Opening up a conversation for RV and Van owners. These people are a major part of Vancouver residents. Some have opinion and conversation that is needed to be heard and discussed further to the ongoing crisis that is the Vancouver housing market.
Opening up a conversation about what the average millennial needs to make to survive and rent in Vancouver. According to a report compiled by insurance comparison site LowestRates.ca, the average millennial – described as those born between 1982 and 2004 – needs to earn about $40,000 before taxes (or $33,547.68 after taxes) annually “to make ends meet in Vancouver.”
Opening up a conversation about the hassle of renting in Vancouver, despite all the towers, all the cranes, all the highrises ... there is a limited number of rentals in the city. Even when they can afford the rent, potential tenants often find themselves in competition with several others vying for the same apartment or condo, and one that's decent at that.
Opening up a conversation for families trying to get a decent sized home that is in a decent school area, with good amenities for their situation. Small apartments and condos just aren't enough for them, so these families are having to move further away from their families, friends, and job spaces just to be able to afford housing with this goal.
Opening up a conversation about the fact that as condo prices in Vancouver surge, young Canadians struggle to buy their first homes. The pent-up demand for housing from millennials is enormous, with only a third of this large demographic currently owning a property and an overwhelming majority desiring to be homeowners. Meanwhile, more than half of millennials (52 percent) who don’t own a home are either convinced they will never own a home, or doubt they will be able to afford it.
Opening up a conversation for seniors after the skyrocketing rents and dwindling affordable-housing units in Vancouver are driving them to the brink of homelessness. While the debate over the city’s housing crisis often focuses on millennials, we want to touch on the fact that some elderly adults have lower incomes and fewer support systems to withstand being displaced from their homes. Seniors are ending up in residential care before they need to because they can’t afford their rent, or worse, living in their vehicles.
In this day in age, social media is the strongest platform for promotions. In this project, we will be able to maximize its exposure by using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and unite these releases with consistent hashtags and stories.
Inspired by the films Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral, we will apply the same principles these projects have done. We will make sure that R-Vancouver will be heard by our local officials and non-profit organizations in support to those who can't afford to live in a comfortable place.
Upon the completion of this project, we will make sure that it will make rounds around the film festival circuit. This will maximize not only the project's exposure but also the filmmakers. This will give us the opportunity to network and add valuable content to Vancouver's film community.