Filmmaker and Warming Center Program Administrator Brent Adams Conducts West Coast Tour of Homelessness and Shoots a Documentary Along the Way.
This is an exploratory tour of the West Coast, investigating homelessness and homeless camps wherever I can find them. I'm conducting on-camera interviews with as many people I can in a given area. I'm focused on the lived experience of people who sleep outside.
Most cities have a myopic view of it's homelessness problem. Cities often pay little attention to what's happening elsewhere; even one county away. Imagine every city dealing with homelessness poorly yet remaining unaware of the regional scope of the problem. To-date, there has been no look at the larger scope of West Coast homelessness. This project is intended to bring this larger region into much sharper view.
During the tour ...
I'm sleeping in the travel/production vehicle (illegally in most cases). In the major cities of the San Francisco Bay Area where large populations of people who sleep outside exist, I'll be camping in a tent to gain closer access to people and the lifestyle they're experiencing.
Production is already underway
I've already toured southern California, from Santa Cruz to San Diego and as far east as Nevada City. I've visited and have conducted research in 17 cities and have slept in the van in ten of those. I've video interviewed more than 100 people. This project has been self funded to this point. I need your help to complete it.
Findings So Far
I have an intention to not develop many notions about what I'm discovering until the tour is complete, yet patterns have already begun to emerge. Each city I've visited seems to be following a similar game plan in dealing with it's homelessness problem. While enforcing a ban on after-hours sleeping and camping, law enforcement officers are going into natural areas, light industrial zones or wherever people have congregated for safety and are "cleaning up" (removing) camps. This displaces people to areas where they're less able to rely on the support of their community as they independently seek shelter, privacy, and a safe place to rest, eventually returning to congregate yet again.
This project has been self-funded to this point. Here are the remaining costs to complete the tour and project.
Fuel: The production has a fuel budget that will finally total approx. $2000
Travel Expenses: This category includes basic non-fuel related costs that are incurred while driving a vehicle around the west coast for nearly 4000 miles. $200 - 300.
Exchange for Interviews: Most people have been willing to be video interviewed for free but they've been much more open and willing to welcome me into their space and lives when offered one or more of the following: tobacco, blanket, warm clothes, new socks, etc. $200 - $300
Edit/Post Production: This is the absolute bare-bones cost to sustain the post-production process over two months of editing. $500
Promotional Materials: Once the documentary is complete, it will be packaged and offered to various markets and we'll begin community showings.
Documentary Music Score
The score will be composed by Wireless Lovebird and Kyle Griffin (Stridah)
Kyle Griffin (Stridah)
Out of Sight Out of Mind
West Coast Sanctuary Camp Tour
Out of Sight Out of Mind is the result of the initial West Coast Tour to investigate homelessness. The first leg of this tour took place between mid May - mid June, 2016 and covered Santa Cruz to San Diego and as far east as Nevada City. The tour finishes between late July through the end of August.
Producer/shooter/editor - Brent Adams
Occupy Santa Cruz THE MOVIE
This is Brent's first full-length documentary, completed in 2012.
Music used in the crowdfunding video:
Deepchord - Visual Audio
Rival Consoles - Afterglow
Max Cooper - Woven Ancestry
Risks and challenges
This project has been completely self-funded to-date, yet for me to complete it at the quality and depth that I'm focused on, it'll require this amount of financial collaboration. I'll complete this project against all odds.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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