|SOMETHING YOU CAN CALL HOME|
|Director: Rebecca Kenyon|
England/United States, 2014, 75min
Format: Digital (screening) - XDCAM HD (shooting)
Festival Year: 2015
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A former marine with a government career, a student (and female impersonator) living under a bridge - the face of homelessness is changing rapidly. Some make the transition; others fall deeper through the cracks. With both intimacy and touches of dark humor, this film - set in the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina - explores what's essential for physical and emotional survival.
Originally an actor, Rebecca then built up experience in the camera and production departments. P.N.G Style, a film made with David Fedele, about his solo journey through Papua New Guinea, won Best Documentary at Portobello Film Festival and has gone on to be broadcast internationally. Since setting up Mote of Dust Films, she has shot two documentaries as well as collaborating on several short and longer-term projects, with subjects including bullying amongst young people identifying as LGBT (It Gets Better - West End), and mental health stigma (The Shed). Two projects will be released in 2015 - documentary series ‘Me and My Guide Dog’ for Storyvault Films/ITV broadcast, and her short documentary ‘Gallopers’, following the families of UK vintage fairground Carters Steam Fair. As founding member of the residency program at Cucalorus Film Festival in North Carolina, she received in-kind support throughout production of her feature documentary Something You Can Call Home, where it also premiered. It has begun screening at film festivals internationally, even picking up several awards: Award of Merit Special Mention (IndieFest Awards, CA), 3 Distinctive Achievement Awards under Best Documentary, Documentary Directing and Documentary Editing (Wild Rose Film Festival, IA) and Best Documentary (El Dorado Film Festival, AR).
Two years ago I gave up my London apartment and took a leap of faith to self-fund a documentary spending time with homeless people in NC. As time went on, the situation became closer to home with my family both in the UK and in NC suddenly losing jobs, not being able to afford increasing rent, and high medical bills. It seems that even people who have always known the stability of having employment, housing and own transport, are now less sure of their place in society and are only one pay check away from life turning upside down. It's a pretty grim situation but in my experience people who have nothing are often the most generous, and the sense of community, for those able to reach out, along with a real resilience of spirit, is palpable. This has been a life-changing journey in so many ways.