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Macefield’s story is going to the big screen

edith houseThe saga of Edith Macefield and her tiny home in Ballard appears to be headed to Hollywood. According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Will Gluck plans to tell the story of Macefield and the man who was in charge of the Ballard Blocks building project, Barry Martin.

The story will reportedly focus on the friendship that evolved between Macefield and Martin. Edith and Martin formed a close relationship during the building project, as he would check in on her daily while managing the building site. Even though he was supposed to be convincing her to sell her house so they could continue building, he became something of a caregiver, taking her to doctor’s appointments and making her meals. When she died in 2008, Macefield willed her home to Martin, who wanted to uphold her wishes of remaining in her home until she passed away. He even wrote a book about their unique friendship called “Under One Roof.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will be a comedic drama about the unlikely relationship between Macefield and Martin and how they changed one another’s lives, “and how living a life with dignity is a basic human need.”

Producer Will Gluck is well known for his feature films Easy A and Annie, and Fox Searchlight films has reportedly picked it up.

The fate Macefield’s home is still up in the air, with a non-profit attempting to raise funds to move it to Orcas Island, where it would be used for low-income housing. An online campaign to raise over $200k is slow-moving, with just $16,500 raised and three weeks left to go. If they can’t raise the money, Edith’s beloved home could be torn down.


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