View From Amber Street is a story of a transformation in progress
– a Philadelphia story as a microcosm of the larger patterns
of post-industrial America.
It begins as a documentary about a pair of industrial buildings
in Philadelphia – about their history, their tenants past
and present, and about the sustainability of their future.
The buildings on Amber Street are representative of an economic
and social transition taking place around the country – as
large textile businesses and industry have had to outsource or close,
a new kind of tenant has begun to appear in the building, including
the producers of this film.
and industry have begun to overlap and coexist in recent years,
but ongoing financial pressures on the building’s owner have
put the future of this symbiotic relationship in question.
By gathering the stories of the artists and businesses currently
occupying the building, the film captures a building, a neighborhood,
an economy, and a nation in a state of flux.