A series of short films raising awareness of how the justice system contributes to homelessness as told by our clients. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on August 7, 2014.
About this project
Did you know you could be arrested for being poor? Our clients do.
Did you know that a warrant for your arrest for unpaid traffic tickets can prevent you from getting housing and job training? Our clients do.
Do you know what it's like to have a court not let your kids come into the courtroom? Our clients do.
Too often, lawyers speak for their clients. Here, our clients speak for themselves. They get the chance to tell their stories about how the justice system contributed to their homelessness and prevented them from escaping it.
And we have an award winning director, Ben Kaplan, on board for the project. You can see his work here.
Ben will use our clients' stories as the starting point for a series of short films that articulate both the economic and community impact of the legal system on the indigent. He will use a mixture of photography, video, and illustration in combination with individual stories and data to depict how complicated legal issues are impediments to the full effectiveness of our federal investments in eradicating homelessness.
We've got the stories, we've got the director...now we just need enough backers to make this dream a reality.
Risks and challenges
Risks: Not enough Potato Salad in the title to get funded.
Challenges: Even if we get funded, people will still be asking for potato salad.
We will put them on our website, distribute them through social media, and have a showing at a local venue after their completion. We also intend to enter them into the Cinema St. Louis Film Festival and Film Maker's Showcase.
The homeless are easy to avoid. Our society has perfected the art of looking past our indigent brothers and sisters. Too often, we ignore the plight of the poor and the homeless. These humanizing films will allow our clients to tell their stories. Their words will directly confront the audience with the reality of homelessness and its impact on the St. Louis community.
ArchCity Defenders is comprised of dedicated attorneys who work closely with its clients on the legal and non-legal challenges they face. As a result of our holistic approach, we have gotten to know their stories very well. Their stories are the cornerstone of this project. You can find out more about our work here. http://www.archcitydefenders.org
Ben Kaplan has a long history of translating complicated narratives that reveals their essence. His award winning work on the health crisis in North St. Louis City for the St. Louis Beacon serves as the prime example of how Ben is uniquely qualified to bring this project to life. You can find more about him and his work here. http://www.thisisact3.com/index.php/site
You can e-mail me at email@example.com or call me on my cell phone at (314) 482-3342. We would love to hear from you.
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