I‘m excited to start a new documentary film project, tentatively entitled, “HOME.” I will produce this feature-length film under the auspices of Belltower Pictures. We will provide a platform for those living in urban public housing to tell their stories… stories that will make you smile, cry, laugh, and quite possibly get angry.
This is not a dry, issue-focused documentary filled with statistics. It is a family of compelling stories, told in first-person by people who are living their lives in the face of incredible challenges. We’ll see and hear how they’re succeeding… and in some cases, failing while trying to find a safe, affordable home in which to raise their families.
‟Stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.”
– Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, TEDGlobal 2009
I began research on this project in August 2017. The more I learned, the more complex the problems appeared. Quite honestly, some of the issues are so intertwined with politics and money, it just doesn’t seem like they’ll ever be solved.
The first step in solving any problem is awareness. That’s what we’re setting out to do with this film. Without any political agenda or axe to grind, we’re going to follow a handful of stories over the coming months and see where they lead. Through the eyes and voices of those struggling to find adequate housing, we’ll learn a little more about the challenges that affect all of society.
We’re not going to change the world or solve all (or any) of the problems with a 90-minute film. But we can move the needle of understanding and compassion. And that’s a good start.
Stay tuned for more as we make this journey.