- Poor Kids, Dir. Jezza Naumann, 2011: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poor-kids/
Frontline explores what poverty means to children as a lens for the country as a whole.
- Storied Streets, Dir. Thomas A. Morgan, Jack Henry Robbins, 2014: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/24293
A documentary film that profiles the homeless and the formerly homeless and their struggle to survive. Their raw and compelling stories will change the way you feel about homelessness.
- The Homestretch, Dir. Kristin Kelly, Anne De Mare, 2014: https://kartemquin.com/films/the-homestretch
Three homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new, surprising definitions of home. Can they recover from the traumas of abandonment and homelessness and build the future they dream of?
- Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County, Dir. Alexandra Pelosi, 2010: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/homeless-the-motel-kids-of-orange-county#/
Pelosi explores the world of children who reside in discounted motels within walking distance of Disneyland, living in limbo as their families struggle to survive in one of the wealthiest regions of America. The parents of motel kids are often hard workers who don’t earn enough to own or rent homes. As a result, they continue to live week-to-week in motels, hoping against hope for an opportunity that might allow them to move up in the O.C.
- Without a Home, Dir. Rachel Fleischer, 2011: http://bit.ly/1M1DnR1
Growing up in Los Angeles, a city whose homeless population exceeds 90,000, filmmaker Rachel Fleischer always felt a deep connection to the homeless. Her desire to understand that connection takes 23 year old Fleischer on an extraordinary four-year journey into the lives of six homeless individuals and families as they struggle to find homes, get clean, and survive. Intertwined with each tale is the story of Fleischer herself, as she attempts to walk the fine line between telling the stories of her subjects and helping those in need.
- INNOCENTE, Dir. Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine, 2012: Available on iTunes and the COTS Video Library
INOCENTE is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, children. Neither sentimental nor sensational, INOCENTE will immerse you in the very real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war that we rarely see. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in Inocente’s story proves that the hand she has been dealt does not define her, her dreams do.
- Sugar, Dir. Rotimi Rainwater, 2014: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sugarfilm
Based on true events, SUGAR is the story of a young girl coping with PTSD on the streets of Venice, California. She survives on the fringes of society with her outcast friends, running from the torments of her past. Her new world begins to crumble when her uncle finds her through a social worker, forcing her to confront the demons she’s been trying to escape for the past two years.
- Homeless to Harvard, Dir. Peter Levin, 2003: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGe3u5rLGQc
Based on the real-life story of a girl who wound up alone and on the streets at age 15 after escaping her drug-addicted and mentally ill parents. Instead of crumbling, however, the troubled teen found the determination to enroll and graduate from Harvard University.
- The Pursuit of Happyness, Dir. Gabriele Muccino, 2006: http://amzn.to/1LDq3St
A heartwarming film that demonstrates how good, hard-working people can become homeless overnight. This film is a tour-de-force showcase for Will Smith, who convincingly portrays a down-and-out dad trying to better his family’s life. A chain of circumstances left Gardner jobless and homeless at age 30, and he found himself and his son living in a bathroom at a San Francisco train station. Despite the negative situation, Gardner continued to fight toward his goal of becoming a broker, and would eventually become a self-made millionaire.