Hundreds of struggling families in prosperous Santa Barbara sleep every night in their vehicles, unable to afford a home with a front door, roof, and bed. They are among the countless unsheltered men, women, and children in the nation who have fallen through the wide cracks in the economy only to land smack on the hard surface of the street.
Join award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Dworkin for a screening of her short video Homeless in the Shadow of Santa Barbara’s Mansions followed by a discussion with Alissa Quart, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.
The Economic Hardship Reporting Project aims to change the national conversation around both poverty and economic insecurity. The stories we commission—from narrative features to photo-essays and videos—put a human face on financial instability. Follow us on Twitter at @econhardship.
Jennifer Dworkin directed and produced the documentary feature film Love & Diane which screened at festivals around the world including the New York Film Festival and Sundance. The film was awarded the Golden Leopard at Locarno, the Truer Than Fiction Indie Spirit Award, Best Film, One World Festival and other awards. It had a theatrical run in and was broadcast on PBS, BBC, and ARTE France. She has directed videos for the Obama 2008 campaign and for the Haas Institute at UC Berkeley and several short films. She is editing a feature about the politician Zephyr Teachout.
Alissa Quart is the executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and co-founded its present incarnation. She is also the author of several acclaimed books including, Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers, Hothouse Kids, and the forthcoming Squeezed: The High Price of the American Family. She currently writes the Outclassed column for The Guardian and has written for many other publications, including The New York Times. Her multimedia projects include the Emmy-nominated The Last Clinic. She has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, among other universities, and was a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.