DIRECTED BY OLIVIA WELLS, PRODUCED BY LAUREN SOLIE
Why "Lost" Vegas?
The Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition Homeless Census in 2011 estimated that there were 43,294 people suffering from homelessness in Las Vegas.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, this number represents the 4th highest homeless rate in the country. 60% of those homeless are unsheltered.
The Nevada unemployment rate, 13.5%, is nearly twice the national average of 7.8%.
Is this the Las Vegas we know?
Invoking the name Las Vegas conjures images of the brightly-lit Strip with its casinos, theaters, and showgirls. Portrayals in film and television have bestowed on Sin City the glamor of high-rolling gamblers and big spenders. Names like Bugsy Siegel stick out in the American consciousness as representative of Las Vegas' live-large lifestyle. But the state of affairs in present-day Vegas is far more frightening than the ghost of a dead mobster.
"Lost Vegas" seeks to explore the contrast between the culture of wealth and indulgence on the Strip and those living on the margin of society. The homeless are often swept under the rug: considered unsightly to the tourists who flock to Vegas in search of a good time. An "out of sight, out of mind" mentality harms those ignored by society at large. The "Lost Vegas" team aims to shed light on the people whose voices have been lost.
What is the Money For?
With your help, we will be able to spend two months meeting with various organizations, officials, and those living on the margin in order to tell the story of poverty in Las Vegas. Our goal is to bring a voice not only to the homeless, but also to the people who dedicate their time and skill to alleviating homelessness and poverty in Vegas. With the money you donate we will be able to cover the costs of transportation, room and board, camera equipment, and crew necessary to creating this documentary.
Risks and challenges
Having already tested the waters by shooting our preliminary footage in Las Vegas, our team has encountered an overall willingness to cooperate from various activists and groups involved in alleviating homelessness. Obtaining permission from interviewees and those that appear on camera is important to our team as we seek to uphold a higher ethical and moral standard through all we do. Any problems concerning permits or legal barriers will be dealt with in a professional and respectful manner.
Two months is a very rigorous timeline for our shooting schedule. The editing will take even longer and the most we can ask of our donors is their patience while we endeavor to complete this project in a timely manner.
In terms of shipping Pledge Rewards to those of you generous enough to merit a physical token of our gratitude, we do not have a logistical supply chain as we are a small and dedicated team of creative professionals focused on telling our story. We will do our best to ship your Pledge Reward package as soon as the documentary is complete.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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