Underwater Projects

Norfolk, Virginia is sinking. The already insufficient sea wall ends where a public housing project, St. Paul’s, begins. St. Paul’s housing projects’ residents are Black people. Norfolk is home to the world’s largest naval base and there is currently no public plan to prevent it from going underwater.

Lives, livelihoods, cultures, the largest economy in Virginia, and the Navy are all under existential threat. The local government, in partnership with federal agencies, is investing in what is labeled a “climate resilience” plan to tear down public housing and redevelop what is an historic Black community, the St. Paul’s district.

Underwater Projects unpacks this redevelopment plan from the perspective of community leaders and members, government officials, scientists, and climate, and national security experts.

2024 Underwater Projects Private Screenings and Film Festivals

February 24 – Social Justice Now Film Festival | Los Angeles, CA (MORE INFO)

March 15 – Production is the New Protest: A Hip Hop Caucus Showcase | Los Angeles, CA (MORE INFO)

March 20-24 – Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival | West Tisbury, MA (MORE INFO)

March 21-30 – Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol | Washington, DC (MORE INFO)

April 9 – Hampton Roads Social Justice Conference | Newport News, VA (MORE INFO)

June 18-19 – Filmteenth Film Festival | Pasadena, CA (TICKETS)

July 7 – Essence Film Festival | New Orleans, LA (MORE INFO)

July 14 – Newark Black Film Festival | Newark, NJ (TICKETS)

August 15-17 – DC Black Film Festival (MORE INFO)