Simons and Parham in Oakland
Beyond the Films

April 19, 2019

Stepping Up for Homeless Black People in Oakland

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Pendarvis Harshaw The Independent Lens documentary Charm City brings to mind the long list of urban American cities that fall into the same category as the Baltimore seen in…...

Dylan with filmmaker Nanfu Wang reflected at right, shooting I Am Another You

January 24, 2018

How a Chinese Filmmaker Ended up in Florida with a Drifter from Utah

Craig Phillips in Interviews

Nanfu Wang was a student at NYU when she went exploring America, which found her in Florida staying at a hostel. There she encountered a young drifter named Dylan, whom…...

Dogtown Redemption Filmmakers Chihiro Wimbush and Amir Soltani (l-r)

May 13, 2016

Seven Years Filming the Homeless of Oakland

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

The filmmaking team of Amir Soltani and Chihiro Wimbush both come from incredibly varied backgrounds, and bring an abundance of talents and interests to the table for the first feature…...

From Dogtown Redemption: A recycler named Jason takes a break from hauling with his bicycle and cart.
Beyond the Films

May 13, 2016

How Homeless Recyclers Make a Living Redeeming Recyclables

Carolyn Abate in Beyond the Films

It is 7 a.m. on a clear spring morning in San Francisco and the lines at Our Planet Recycling SF are already 25 people deep. The customers, queued up in…...

April 10, 2015

Going into The Homestretch: Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare Find Hope in Chicago

Craig Phillips in Uncategorized

[caption id="attachment_6727" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Roque, from The Homestretch[/caption] Filmmakers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly's previous collaboration, Asparagus! Stalking the American Life, about Oceana County, Michigan where Kelly is from, was…...

Young African American man sits on a park bench in winter clothing.

April 09, 2015

Homeless but Not Hopeless: Homeless Youth in America

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

Youth homelessness is on the rise in the United States, and the numbers aren't pretty. One in 30 kids (nearly 2.5 million children) of K-12 school age are now homeless in the…...