Producers/Collaborators Sought: Doc Film On People Living In Cars
My name is Jeff and I am a first-time filmmaker. I have been filming footage of people living in cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs since last fall. I also live in my SUV and film my experience too.
Not having gone to film school, I am seeking producers and collaborators with filmmaking experience to help transform this footage into an actual film.
Hereâ€™s why you should work with me:
-Having worked on a major political campaign, I know how to make and confirm definite commitments with excellent follow though
-I live in my SUV making me all the more able to earn trust among fellow vehicle dwellers
-If I am able to make this film, because I live in my SUV, it will be an amazing underdog story
-I am an emerging YouTube personality. My videos have received almost 13,000 views in just 3 months, with almost 700 YouTube friends and 125 subscribers (I have not lost a subscriber yet). The channel is: jeff4justice
-I have hours and hours of original/unique footage on this topic
-I have researched this topic extensively
-This is a timely topic because of the economic crisis
Hereâ€™s what I have filmed:
-6 Interviews of people living in vehicles
-2 Interviews of government workers & elected officials who have been engaged with this topic
-5 interviews with people working in nonprofits serving homeless people living in vehicles
-2 interviews with local residents in neighborhoods with people living in vehicles
-2 interviews with local representatives of neighborhood groups in neighborhoods with people living in vehicles
-1 interview with a police officer
-1 town hall meeting on this topic
All interview subjects signed media releases forms.
I have also filmed various footage of vehicles that appear to be lived in, traffic scenes, and various filler footage.
Hereâ€™s where I have filmed:
Walnut Creek, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Venice/L.A. – all in CA
Hereâ€™s what I need to film more of:
-2 interviews with women living in vehicles
-2 interviews with families living in vehicles
-More racial/cultural diversity of interview subjects
-More in-depth follow along of 2-3 people/couples/families living in vehicles
Also, I just learned of a lawsuit involving people living in vehicles VS. the city of L.A. regarding laws that outlaw living in vehicles. Footage of the court events would be great too!
-Kodak Zi8 camera
-Audio Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Clipon Mics
A 15 minute clip preview is available.
Like documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth, Out In The Silence, The Cove, and Food Inc., this documentary has great potential be utilized as a platform for social movement to advocate for safe parking programs (similar to what exists in Santa Barbara and Ventura), the repeal/modification of laws illegalizing sleeping in vehicles, and a network of support for people in this situation.
Thank you for your consideration.
I am currently in the L.A. area
-Started first visible/viable LGBT group in anti-LGBT Yuba-Sutter area (north of Sacramento) in 2003, led it though end of 2007
-Volunteer recruiter/trainer with NO on 8 campaign in 2008
-Produced NO on Prop 14 Theatre viral vids in 2010
-Employed as security guard over 5 years â€“ this means I have great FBI and CA Dept. of Justice background checks