'Little Pink House' Movie Tackling "Kelo" Supreme Court Decision Gets Release Date

Little Pink House - Still 1 - H 2017
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The feature film explores the downside of eminent domain, putting it at odds with President Trump.

Little Pink House, a film about the 2005 "Kelo" Supreme Court decision that permitted powerful government forces to purchase a woman's home against her will, will get a limited release on April 20, distributor Dada Films said late Friday.

The movie will be released in theaters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Atlanta before expanding into more cities; the traditional release will then be supplemented by a cinema-on-demand component, whereby consumers work to bring the film to their hometown theaters.

The cinema-on-demand component will be handled by Tugg, a distribution system that encourages theater chains to let enthusiasts choose a film to appear in non-peak hours with assurances that fans will help the theaters sell tickets.

"Little Pink House is more than a movie, it's a movement, and the hybrid approach gives our fans new ways to use the film to fight for positive change in their neighborhoods," said writer-director Courtney Moorehead Balaker.

The film, starring Catherine Keener and Jeanne Tripplehorn, tells the true story of Susette Kelo, who attempts to fend off politicians who demand that she sell her home to make way for condos and office space in a plot designed to benefit Pfizer, a pharmaceuticals company needing more space in anticipation of a new blockbuster drug it calls Viagra. 

David Crosby, of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, wrote and performed a song for Little Pink House, saying he was motivated to do so in part because of President Donald Trump's past support of eminent domain. "He has used it. What a wretched person," Crosby told The Hollywood Reporter.