We are a group of senior film students at Quinnipiac University. We share a passion for documentary filmmaking and have decided to come together to produce a documentary for our capstone project. With the support of the Quinnipiac Film Department, we have set out to restore the identity of the homeless, starting in our own community.
The issue of homelessness is overlooked far too often. Society rarely realizes that the people on the street have a story and a past, and more importantly, they have a future. Our project aims to uncover the struggle the homeless endure, and what it is like to go from living on the streets to working and having a place to call home. We want to shed light on the issue of identity in the homeless community, and by profiling people as they overcome the obstacles that surface when rising above homelessness, we will capture that experience on a first hand basis.
The Columbus House is a non-for-profit organization in New Haven, Connecticut dedicated to helping the homeless in their community by providing shelter and fostering their personal growth and independence. This organization is a part of Interfaith Cooperative Ministries, which is a culmination of congregations and organizations dedicated to helping those in need in New Haven. The Columbus house runs a program called Abraham’s Tent. This program selects several men each winter who show a true drive and determination to turn their lives around. The men are provided with necessities, like food, transportation, sleeping arrangements, and are housed each week at various congregations in New Haven. During this time, the program provides each man with a case manager, who helps him to find a job and assists him in looking for a permanent home after Abraham's Tent.
With the help of The Columbus House, we hope to get an exclusive look into the lives of these men who are fighting to regain their independence.
For more information on these organizations, visit:
The Columbus House: http://www.columbushouse.org/
Interfaith Cooperative Ministries: http://www.interfaithnewhaven.org/
Abraham's Tent: http://www.interfaithnewhaven.org/Abrahams%20Tent.htm
We are a group of aspiring documentary filmmakers who have taken our senior capstone project as an opportunity to make a positive impact on our community.
Colleen McQuaid | Producer
Mike Morrone | Director
Steve Kuchenreuther | Director of Photography
Brandon Cole | Editor
Katie Dunford | Lighting Designer/Lead Grip
Anthony DeCandia | Audio Technician
Our team is passionate about the issue of identity and homelessness in our community, but this project is not something we can do alone. We are setting a goal of $5,000 to make this documentary the best it can be. Your donations will go towards equipment, like hard drives and camera supplies. During production, we will need to cover transportation and royalty fees, and once we wrap we will be paying for distribution and film festival entries. With your help, our project will make a real impact on this issue.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge we face with this project is the issue of privacy. The truth is that some people may not want their struggle documented, which is something we respect and are prepared for. The Abraham's Tent program chooses its members at the end of November. After their acceptance, the men will be given the opportunity to participate in this project. Should no one decide to do so, we have a plan B.
The Columbus House serves as a shelter for eighty-one members of the New Haven community at any time. The directors of the organization have been gracious enough to allow us inside the doors of their shelter if there is not a member of the Abraham's Tent group willing to participate. Should this be the case, we will simply change our angle to one of those individuals. Regardless, the outcome of our documentary will focus on the individuals dealing with the obstacles that come along with overcoming homelessness in New Haven.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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