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To Live Out Loud

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“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, I will answer you: I am here to live out loud!” - Émile Zola

When most of us think of helping the homeless, we think of providing food, clothing, and shelter.  But does any of that matter if people don’t regain their self-esteem and believe they have something to contribute to the world?  Live Out Loud proposes that helping people shed the stigma of homelessness and create new identities for themselves is just as, if not more important, than meeting people’s basic needs.  

This documentary follows three people searching for a way off the streets:  a grandmother trying to reconnect with her sons by making a short documentary about her life, an African American in his twenties making his first short narrative, and a gay fan fiction author in his 30’s making his first animated films.  The three are brought together by a video arts program at a social service center in Portland, Oregon.  

Featuring a soundtrack by The Gallop Quartet:  Hamid Drake (percussion), Alex de Grassi (guitar), Kidd Jordan tenor saxophone, and Don Paul (spoken word).  


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