Housing insecurity affects too many of our friends and neighbors. Visionary In Harmony with Hope Award winners are making a difference by:  

Student filmmakers have delved into housing and homelessness  with entries including the following winning film(s):  

  • Building a Connection:  This film asks, if San Francisco’s homeless community had a “one stop shopping” space for a multitude of different needs and services, what a difference might it make in people’s lives?  It tells the story of Project Homeless Connect, “people coming together with people,” to give individuals access to much needed services, and to provide them with a positive experience or love and respect, and a connection to a sense of community. Film By: Joseph M. Sumbi, Rhythm Refuge Productions, Cal State East Bay. Winner: Second Prize, 2010
  • Change, Please: Through the seemingly unending repetition of one homeless man’s request for passersby to “spare small change, please,” we see how much a small a gesture can mean for those in need. Film By: Kit Ashton, University of London. Winner: Third Prize (UK).
  • Hidden Amongst Us: This film is an eye-opener on student homelessness, which can be hiding in plain sight. Film By: Rutgers University, Winner: Honorable Mention 2016
  • Less than Human: The filmmaker notes that people view the homeless as “less than human,” but asks, when we walk on by without trying to help others, what level of humanity is that? This documentary looks at individuals on both sides of this issue: those who are homeless, and those struggling to make a difference. Film By: Gershom & Abby Thompson, U. of Tampa. Winner: Third Prize, 2015
  • Reflections: In this little tale of one person helping a homeless man in a creative way, there is a beautiful twist: we may see ourselves, reflected, and want a reflection of ourselves as more giving. Film By: Northeastern University. Winner: Honorable Mention (Ripple Maker) 2016

We hope that information/films in this spotlight page have filled you with new hope for the future, and perhaps inspired you to action as well. For more ideas for how you can make a big ripple with your time, treasure, and talents visit our “make a ripple” page, www.elfenworks.org/ripple.

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