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…...
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…...
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…...
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…...
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…...