99 Homes: Spiderman Actor Stars in Foreclosure Drama Researched in Palm Beach County
Spiderman Actor Stars in Foreclosure Drama Researched in Palm Beach County
Andrew Garfield, who stars in the Amazing Spiderman, is leaving his web-slinging behind to play a blue collar everyman who gets caught up in the 2008 foreclosure crisis.
The new film, 99 Homes, was co-written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, who spent time learning about the housing meltdown and its impacts on consumers with Palm Beach Gardens foreclosure fighter Lynn Szymoniak.
The movie, set in Orlando, premiered last weekend at the Telluride Film Festival. Bahrani toured foreclosed homes in Lake Worth and Belle Glade, and sat in on Palm Beach County foreclosure hearings under three different judges.
In a Monday story from Deadline Hollywood, Bahrani describes watching as homeowners faced Palm Beach County foreclosure judges during “rocket docket” hearings.
“After a while, the people started winning, and I turned to Lynn and asked, ‘What is going on?’ and she said, ‘The judge is seeing you with a yellow legal pad taking notes, and he thinks that because you are with me you are a reporter for the New York Times, so as long as you sit here people will win,’” Bahrani said.
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