About this project
Thanks for checking out the Kickstarter campaign for In the Woods. For the past year I have been filming in Tent City with the help of fellow filmmakers who have donated their time to help me tell this critical and timely story. In the Woods has been an ambitious, self-funded feature documentary project and now our small and dedicated crew needs your help to begin post-production.
Thanks for your support! -Kalim
PROJECT SUMMARY In the Woods documents residents living illegally in a homeless camp over the course of a year and their ongoing fight against eviction. The film tells the emotionally powerful stories of the homeless who are at the center of the struggle. In the Woods will also raise awareness about the living conditions of a growing number of Americans without shelter. The residents of Tent City are drifters, idealists, vagabonds, undocumented immigrants, alcoholics, drug addicts, and working class people who have fallen on hard times in an unforgiving economy. Some residents of the camp believe that society needs to return to a simpler and more sustainable way of life in order to survive. Tent City is their way of living off the grid and escaping the mainstream.
Like many cities, Lakewood, NJ, 60 miles south of New York City, lacks an adequate social service network and has no homeless shelter. Regardless of the reasons for living in Tent City, out of necessity or by choice, in the Fall of 2010, the township filed a lawsuit against the residents on the grounds of trespassing. As a result of media attention, a high profile law firm is now representing Tent City pro-bono and counter suing Ocean County. The case is currently with the New Jersey Superior Court. The outcome will determine both the fate of Tent City and clarify the government’s constitutional role in providing adequate shelter for the homeless and will set a precedent across America.
Filled with stunning cinematography shot in a cinéma vérité style, In the Woods will tell the powerful stories of the residents of Tent City and contribute to the ongoing dialogue addressing systemic poverty, the importance of community, and affordable housing.
PROJECT GOAL The goal of In the Woods is threefold: to create awareness of the growing number of Americans populating homeless camps across the country through personal stories; to document the legal struggle in one community that could set precedent for the constitutional right to affordable housing in America; and to shed light on the social services networks severely deficient as a result of the tightening of federal and state budgets across the country in response to the economic downturn.
PROJECT STATUS We are still filming the stories of the residents of Tent City who have spent a cold and snowy winter living outside. We will continue to film through spring and continue to follow the legal battle until a verdict is reached. Post-Production has begun with a small crew and we need your help for post-production equipment and expenses. We are aiming to have a cut of the film completed by May that we will use to apply for another round of grants to raise additional funding for post-production and outreach in order to tell the stories of the homeless living In the Woods.
If you are interested in supporting the camp directly, information can be found on our blog.
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