A new biopic is in the works about Edith Macefield, the Seattle woman who became a symbol of resistance against gentrification.
Macefield refused to sell her 100-year-old house to developers, who reportedly offered the former wartime spy $1 million to buy (and demolish) her home. She became a celebrated hold-out, but her house outpaced her in fame when many began comparing her home to the airborne abode in Pixar’s “Up.”
Less known is Macefield’s improbable friendship with Barry Martin, the superintendent of the five-story construction project that was forced to accommodate the elderly woman’s recalcitrance. And now the relationship between Macefield and Martin will form the basis for an untitled dramedy about her.
Martin nursed Macefield during her last years, and she in turn left him her house after her death. The farmhouse is currently owned by a nonprofit and struggling for survival once again. It is currently in the midst of a fundraising campaign to move it to nearby Orcas Island to avoid demolition.