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Seeking a clearer view of West Coast homelessness.  Where are people sleeping and what's the experience like from town to town?
Seeking a clearer view of West Coast homelessness. Where are people sleeping and what's the experience like from town to town?
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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.

Budget

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.

Generic Production, Post and Promotion Budget Pie
Generic Production, Post and Promotion Budget Pie

 Documentary Music Score

The score will be composed by Wireless Lovebird and Kyle Griffin (Stridah)

Wireless Lovebird:

wirelesslovebird.bandcamp.com/ 

youtube.com/watch?v=jsrBHuSeBJw 

Kyle Griffin (Stridah)

soundcloud.com/acklabs 

youtube.com/watch?v=n7TfrxrDI-o 

Out of Sight Out of Mind

outofsightoutofmindmovie.com 

facebook.com/Out-of-Sight-Out-of-Mind-135208373577451/ 

Out of Sight Out of Mind a film by Brent Adams
Out of Sight Out of Mind a film by Brent Adams

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.

facebook.com/westcoastsanctuarycamptour/ 

Out of Sight Out of Mind started with the initial West Coast Tour project
Out of Sight Out of Mind started with the initial West Coast Tour project

Subcommondante Films

subcommondante.com 

facebook.com/SubcommondanteFilms 

Producer/shooter/editor - Brent Adams

brent@subcommondante.com

831-234-9848

Filmmaker Brent Adams
Filmmaker Brent Adams

Occupy Santa Cruz THE MOVIE 

This is Brent's first full-length documentary, completed in 2012.

youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8AF62B6C13EA8436

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Occupy Santa Cruz The Movie
Occupy Santa Cruz The Movie

 

 

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.

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