Presented as part of WORLDS OF HOMELESSNESS Day 4
USA, 2018, 108 minutes. In English.
Director/Producer: Remi Kessler, Editor/Producer: Robert McFalls, Executive Producer: Caroline Schweich, Cinematographer/Co-Producer: Beth Cloutier, Co-Producer: Linda Ethenin-Girard, Music Composer: Omar Fadel
Over half a million people are homeless in the United States - 25% of whom are in California. Amid public outcry over the ballooning homeless population in Los Angeles--nearly 54,000 people on any given night--three advocates with three different organizations show what the lost ideal of “care in the community” looks like amid a changing policy landscape. Intensely human and humanizing, "The Advocates" provides a sweeping look at the historic and current causes of LA’s unprecedented crises, largely due to defunded affordable housing. It goes behind the headlines with pragmatic stories of the transformative work that is possible when the right resources, funding, and compassion are applied.
Featuring advocates Claudia Perez, Rudy Salinas, and Mel Tillekeratne, and the organizational work of LA on Cloud9, Housing Works, and Monday Night Mission with experts including: Celina Alvarez (Executive Director, Housing Works), Gary Blasi (UCLA, Professor of Law Emeritus), Jerry Jones (Inner City Law Center), Mary Kirchen (Founder, Housing Works), Steve Lopez (Columnist, LA Times), Alisa Orduna (Homeless Policy Director, Mayor Garcetti’s Office), Mark Ridley-Thomas (LA County Supervisor 2nd District), David Ryu (LA City Councilmember CD4), and Paul Tepper (Western Center on Law & Poverty).
Rémi Kessler has produced numerous commercials, feature films, music videos, television series, corporate films and documentaries throughout the world, with artists including DJ David Guetta, and iconic fashion designer Ozwald Boateng. Over the last decade, Rémi has produced several documentaries, including THE WONDERFUL HISTORY OF THE HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS, and for the 100th anniversary of Orson Welles’ birth, SHADOWS AND LIGHTS that opened the classic section of Cannes Film Festival in 2015.
(source: Cinema Libre Studio)