Courtney Moorehead Balaker
Little Pink House, June 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cinemark Tinseltown USA and XD, 1545 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., tinyurl.com/LittlePinkHouse.
he official term is ‘eminent domain abuse,’ but it’s really just a type of legalized bullying,” says filmmaker Courtney Moorehead Balaker (from Denver) about the subject of her film, Little Pink House
. Based on a true story, the film follows the journey of Susette Kelo, who became an unwilling leader in her neighborhood’s fight to keep their homes when the governor of Connecticut decided to bulldoze them to make room for Pfizer Pharmaceutical (the Viagra folks). Kelo, against her introverted nature, stood up to defend the home she’d worked so hard to establish, and found support for her cause throughout the nation as her case climbed the legal ladder to the U.S. Supreme Court. The film explores her personal life, as well as a legal battle that pitted her little pink house, and the rights of property owners, against the economic draw of big business. Balaker, who wrote and directed the film, says: “There is a lot to think about, and I hope audiences come away with a clear understanding of both sides of the argument. But in the end, it was pretty clear our cast stood with Susette and her neighbors. ... Eminent domain abuse happens far more often than most people realize, and it rarely brings the kind of economic development its supporters promise. It should come as no surprise that poor and minority communities are especially likely to be targeted.”Little Pink House is part of an impact campaign, aiming to end eminent domain abuse.