Crosscut Origins’ season two will tackle Seattle gentrification

Lady Scribe and her family pose for a photo at SIFF

Lady Scribe and her family pose for a photo at SIFF on Sunday, May 21, 2023. (Alli Rico for Crosscut)

The winning filmmaker for the next season of Crosscut Origins will be Lady Scribe, who will create a docuseries telling the story of Black artists, entrepreneurs and elders getting priced out of Seattle. The winner was announced Sunday at the closing ceremony of the Seattle International Film Festival.

Lady Scribe, a self-proclaimed “budding filmmaker” in the Seattle arts community, was one of several dozen directors to apply to work with Cascade Public Media to create a video story that reflects the makeup of our region told from an insider’s perspective. The key requirement for Crosscut Origins was that the filmmaker be part of the community they are documenting.

The project selected to be the second Crosscut Origins series will receive $40,000 in grant funding to cover production costs for the five-part series, as well as technical and editing help, and their work will be broadcast and streamed by Cascade Public Media.

The first season, “Refuge After War,” examines the experiences of Vietnamese and Afghan refugees forced to flee and resettle in Washington after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and Kabul in 2021.

Lady Scribe says her docuseries will be a remembrance of her vibrant Black community and how it’s become unrecognizable and muted over the years. While there are heartbreak and hardships, Scribe will celebrate the triumphs this community has found through the arts.

The docuseries will be released on Cascade Public Media platforms in March 2024.