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Erin Finicane

Erin Finicane is a second year graduate student pursuing an MFA in Film and Electronic Media. With a wide variety of interests, Erin hopes to use documentary and related media as a tool for education, engaging audiences in the stories behind the issues.

New Breed: Erin Finicane

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Erin Finicane is a second year graduate student at American University pursuing an MFA in Film and Electronic Media. With a wide variety of interests, ranging from history to human rights and environmental issues, Erin hopes to use documentary and related media as a tool for education, engaging audiences in the stories behind the issues, and encouraging young minds to become writers of their own cultural narratives.

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In her Backpack Documentary class under Professor Bill Gentile, Erin began to follow the incredible story of The Norwood, a diverse community of affordable housing tenants living in Logan Circle who have come together in an effort to buy their apartment building and fight for their right to fair and affordable housing. Victim to discrimination, poor living conditions, and an abusive management company wanting to convert to condo, Norwood residents draw strength from each other and prove the impact that a marginalized people can have when they combine the power of their voices.

Backpack Documentary provided Erin with the skills and opportunity to produce the trailer for her upcoming feature film on the Norwood, Brunching with Bedbugs. Erin continues to follow the story and is partnering with organizations around the city to launch a DC-wide campaign on affordable housing preservation. 

Recently, The Norwood bought their building. They go to the city to finance much of it and attribute part of that to the fact that they were able to include Erin's trailer in their application package. They chose a new management company and are now preparing for the renovations. They're having a big block party to celebrate in October and are even inviting the Mayor.

Alumni Mentoring Program

Watch video of Erin with her mentor Michael Cascio from National Geographic.

Brunching with Bedbugs Trailer