Homeless With My Louie Bag
This story is a truth that many can relate to told in a real way with a dash of humor throughout. Homelessness is an epidemic that doesn't discriminate. It's my story that I'm currently living while telling and showing it to you. I hope I can inform and entertain you.
Inclusion StatementThe characters in this story come from different walks of life/class but share a common ground of life's struggle and being one check away from losing it all. It poses to include people who are homeless/displaced in a world that otherwise ignores them.
About The Project
This is a story made up of scenes from my personal experience being homeless in NY and having difficulty getting on my feet with the increasing rents in NY. I've felt compelled to tell this story while still not having a home just to show a different perspective on being homeless.
One might assume it's the crazy person that looks disheveled and may abuse drugs or alcohol. But in 2017 the definition of homeless has changed and so has its face. People might not be as insensitive if they knew someone they worked with could be sleeping in their car. Or if they knew a friend might be displaced.
The more I wrote and began shooting, the story grew to touch on a topic of housing in NYC, and how difficult it is to get an apartment here unlike any other city. My story takes place at the same time there is a housing crisis; and Brooklyn has become the most expensive place to live. That's not the Brooklyn I know; no one wanted to step foot in the Brooklyn I knew. We couldn't even catch a cab to bring us to Brooklyn. Then the topic of gentrification and how people that have lived in their neighborhoods since childhood are being pushed to the south came about.
The story is one that various people can relate to, and/or empathize with someone that could be going through this. It's a human story.
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Surraya whose the Mother and lead, is calling around for options of where her and her daughter Parker can stay for the night.
This scene was life imitating art so to speak. We found this guy on the street at the last minute when the person that was supposed to play his role bailed. He appears homeless but wasn't. Interestingly he was a drug addict and proud.
This scene Parker and her mom Surraya are preparing themselves to spend the night in the train after exhausting their options for the night.
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About This Team
The people that have committed to working on this project are amazing. They have skills that I myself lack. They have talent that move me to tears or laughter on screen. And we barely have a budget. They give above and beyond simply because the story either resonates with them or they enjoy the art form. There is room for more team members that will come aboard.