The Trenton Project
Now in its eighth year, The Trenton Project is a collaborative documentary investigation. Working in partnership with city residents and community partners, we research and produce short films, offering a kaleidoscopic lens on the challenges Trenton faces, its ambitions for the future, and the many ways Trentonians are working together to weave and enhance the fabric of their city.
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IN the NEWS
The capital city is a gold mine for the kinds of issues [urban studies students] explore — rising crime, failed housing developments, abandoned buildings, and policy problems.
Deng said the project has opened her eyes to life in Trenton and she hopes people who watch her documentary will come away with a greater appreciation for the efforts and struggles of her subjects.
Please to announce that two films made during our pandemic-themed spring semester are having a festival Run. Liana Cohen’s Lost Spring is a finalist in the Independent Shorts Awards and Jimin Kang’s 7,000 Miles was a finalist in this summer’s COVIDeo-19 Film Festival.
ABOUT OUR WORK
The Trenton Project is a collaborative documentary investigation by the Princeton University course, Documentary Film and the City. We work in partnership with Trenton residents, institutions and community partners to produce short films which together offer a kaleidoscopic lens on the challenges Trenton faces, its ambitions for the future, and the many ways Trentonians are working together to weave and repair the fabric of their city. Our work is part of the Program in Urban Studies and supported by the Community-Based Learning Initiative, a university program which connects Princeton classes with partners in the community and the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities. In 2016 & 2017, our work is generously supported by The 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education and the Princeton Histories Fund. Above all, we are grateful to dozens of individuals in Trenton and our institutional partners and welcome all ideas and suggestions. The project’s director is Purcell Carson, a filmmaker and editor of long-form independent documentary. The past two years, we are joined by historian Alison Isenberg, as we document Trenton in the 1960s.