Our Story

The vision for Gentrified started with the creator, Tia Williams, after she saw her birthplace, Austin, rapidly change and become almost unrecognizable. Though economically vibrant, the city had begun to lose its flavor and leave those that helped it become colorful behind. Many residents didn’t share in its new abundance, and rising costs have led them to leave homes occupied for generations. (Homes on the east side of town, the area they were relegated to begin with). Tia began to wonder how she could utilize her craft to bring light to the issue and decided to put pen to paper.    

Why now? Because it’s a timely and necessary story. More importantly, it’s key that Black stories and narratives are told by Black people. The world seems open and ready for Black stories and Black content creators. So the true question is why not now?

The Gentrified story is happening in Austin, Brooklyn, Oakland and all around the country; many cities are having these same growing pains.

The local stats:

Austin, a liberal city, has one of the fastest growing U.S. populations; however the Black population decreases daily and is currently only at 7%.

Photo by John Langamore

Through Gentrified’s characters, audiences can experience the effects of gentrification through the eyes of affected residents. Co, the main character, has entered her biggest life change thus far. She is adjusting to the loss of a mother figure and aims to keep her legacy and memories alive. Like Co, each character personifies the ups, downs, and joys of growth in life.


Help Bring Gentrified to Life

Gentrified is officially a Fiscally Sponsored Project of the Austin School of Film, AND our Indiegogo Campaign is LIVE!

What does this mean?

Indiegogo: We are now able to accept donations in exchange for awesome perks including:

  • Digital download of full series
  • A day on set
  • Exclusive behind the scenes footage and photos
  • VIP tickets to our premiere party
  • Gentrified stickers and so much more!

Click the link below and start grabbing those perks before they’re gone. Don’t forget to share our campaign with friends for your chance at a extra special prize!

Donate here: https://igg.me/at/GentrifiedSeries/x/18602683

But that’s not all!

Since we are a Fiscally Sponsored Project we can give donors the incentive of a charitable deduction through a secure established non profit organization for all donations over $1000!

Partner with us:

  • $1000 Associate Producer
  • $3000 Executive Producer

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation directly to Gentrified access the link below and click the “DONATE” button found next to our project. https://austinfilmschool.org/sponsored-projects/

Lastly, if you’re in Austin and interested in promoting your local business, donating art, music, food or locations email GentrifiedSeries@gmail.com

Every dollar, every share, every like and follow is greatly appreciated. And by doing so you’re helping us give opportunities to Black creatives both behind and in front of the camera.  

Candace Michelle, Tia Williams, Christa’ Allen, Chris Perkins, LaToya Blakely, Will Moleon, Faith Anderson

Thank you!