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Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance

Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance
Documentary | 2018 | NR. 1hr 10min
DIRECTOR: Melinda Raebyne 2019 Tacoma Film Festival Official Selection

Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance

What’s possible when society’s “forgotten population” decides to beat the odds and instead of putting hope into a broken system invest their hopes in each other. Using the pains of their past to be the fuel that drives them to create a better tomorrow. Camp Second Chance is an encampment founded by the homeless to foster an environment that allows them to become productive people in society. Stories Of Us is their stories and ours. One of triumph, showing us that the power lies within our own willpower not to just survive to thrive. Camp Second Chance (CSC) a homeless camp within Seattle, Washington -- a state known for its natural beauty and a city widely considered one of the top places to live in the United States. Yet the local homeless population has increased by 40% within the last few years, bringing the total to over 10,000 people. To connect the viewer on intimate level with the homeless population Director Melinda Raebyne decides to live at Camp Second Chance during winter. Sharing with you some of their personal stories and her actual experience of what it’s like to be homeless. By putting faces to the statistics and a voice to their stories, we will help to humanize a population in ways that allow viewers to see themselves and better relate to a neglected and often “forgotten population”. Filmmaker will be in attendance.

Plays with the short films A Film About Kites and Everywhere Nothing is 
Hidden.

A Film About Kites

US | 2019 | Pacific NW | 5 min
Directed by Nathan Blanchard, Nick Gates
A funny and touching portrait of the filmmaker’s father, who likes to fly kites. World Premiere.

Everywhere Nothing Is Hidden

US | 2018 | Pacific NW | 17 min | Nico Sandi
Gestures of intimacy are explored in a community of people with developmental disabilities, revealing their unique existence. US Premiere. Filmmakers will be in attendance.


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