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We are all just two steps from homelessness 
16th-Aug-2008 01:22 pm
We are all just two steps from homelessness

Producer/Director - Malcolm Burt.
Producer/Director - Malcolm Burt. Stories of 8 people who have beaten homelessness. The stereotypes are wrong - you merely need to lose your job or break up with your partner or family and you're homeless. In that way, we are all just two steps from homelessness.
My dear, sweet, and beautiful friend Malcolm (mmmblog) has made a new documentary film with his production company MMMedia on a subject very few people really consider as relevant to themselves, but sadly it is a reality I wished people whould stop denying and wishing away.

It is not unthinkable that any of us could be one of the people in this film, which should be reason enough to watch it. Every day the homeless seem to look more and more like us, we who have so much and yet take so much more for granted. Rather than present their stories in an overwrought way that depends upon tragedy and emotion to tell a story in its entirety, Malcolm has made a film that allows the people to simply tell their stories and share their experiences, ending in triumph as each person makes their way back to a solid footing and a real, permanent home. These people are humble and inspiring, and I am tremendously proud of each of them for having the courage and tenacity to overcome such amazing obstacles.

Malcolm told me about the film last night before he left home for a well deserved vacation, and I told him that I would blog about it today on his behalf. It makes me very happy to have him as a true friend, especially considering the caliber of person he is. I'll be even happier next year when he comes to the US for a visit and we can finally meet in person for the first time and ride roller coasters together while screaming our fool heads off.

Please watch the film and share it with as many others as possible!


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16th-Aug-2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
i was once homeless for about 6 months. it was one of the worst periods of my life, and yet oddly, i wouldn't go back and change it if i could. experiencing what that is like truly teaches you to appreciate everything you have, and not take your life (or lifestyle) for granted.

thanks for sharing this; i will definitely be watching it.
16th-Aug-2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Years ago when I live in the Greater Boston area, I was using the computer at the library to send out resumes. A few of the cars in the library's parking lot had this "nest" look. The car would be pack with stuff and only the drivers seat was vacant. At first I thought someone was moving but that didn't make sense. Then I noticed they were the same cars at the library. It was a small group of homeless who lived in their cars. These past 2 months I've seen more of these homeless nests only now they have been large SUVs. But they still only have room for the driver. I guess this is a higher class of homeless you can drive around with more crap if your homeless in an SUV as opposed to a sedan.
16th-Aug-2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
I used to joke back when I lived in Knoxville that if I missed a couple of freelance checks, I'd be living under an overpass with my cat in a box. Unfortunately, it wasn't much of a joke ... and I nearly literally worked myself into organ failure (with a disease I didn't know I had that kept getting worse and worse) trying to stay out of it. I remember driving past the people standing outside around the Salvatian Army and homeless shelter sometimes of a night when I had to run errands in that part of the city and thinking *I'm not far from that.* And I'm still not. (One of my friend Dee's old bosses, a very wealthy man who made all his own money, a St. Louis businessman from long ago, once theorized that most people are something like $37 away from poverty and loss.)
17th-Aug-2008 02:53 am (UTC)
I don't think I can watch this video. Finding myself suddenly homeless is one of my biggest fears, and I'm afraid this video would only fuel my anxiety.

I'm glad there are people working to spread awareness of how unknowingly close to being homeless we all are.

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