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Friday, June 14
8:30 PM - 10:15 PM

Landmark E-Street Cinema

555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Secret Mall Apartment


Jeremy Workman

Executive Producer

Jesse Eisenberg


Jeremy Workman


Paul Murphy, Jeremy Workman


Michael Lisnet, Dan Kennedy, Jeremy Workman

In 2003, eight young Rhode Islanders created a secret apartment in a hidden space inside the Providence Place Mall and lived in it for four years, filming everything along the way. They snuck in furniture, tapped into the mall’s electricity, and even secretly constructed a brick wall with a locking door, smuggling in over two tons of cinderblock. Far more than just a wild prank, the secret apartment became a deeply meaningful place for all its inhabitants – a personal expression of defiance against local gentrification, a boundary-pushing work of public/private art, a clubhouse to coordinate their artistic charity, and finally, a 750-square foot space that sticks it to the man.

Director, Secret Mall Apartment

Jeremy Workman is the director of the documentaries Lily Topples the World (Discovery), Deciding Vote (The New Yorker), The World Before Your Feet (Greenwich Entertainment / Kino Lorber), and Magical Universe (IFC Films), among others. Jeremy’s documentaries have played at prestigious film festivals and been released in theaters and on TV across the globe. Lily Topples The World won the Jury Grand Prize for Best Documentary at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival and was soon acquired by Discovery. It can be streamed on MAX. The World Before Your Feet was released theatrically in nearly 100 global cities in 2019, played in theaters for nearly 6 months, and currently stands at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Deciding Vote premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, screened at the inaugural DC/DOX film festival, and won multiple film festival awards, before being acquired by The New Yorker for a 2023 release. It was shortlisted for the 96th Academy Awards in the Documentary Short Film category.