From Concept to Creation

Needed Change is a seed from which "change" can grow. With the recent tumultuous political and economic situations, many adopted the slogan, "Change we can believe in." But in most instances, we found it only to be a slogan. As time has passed, the hunger for "change" has starved itself out of the picture. Like numerous others, we felt our job was done and we could wait for this so called "change" to show itself.

Personally, we have not been able to find the change and dreams recently promised. Economic stability, careers, doing what we love, and making a difference have eluded us almost completely. From our own experiences in the workforce or with personal business endeavours, we found ourselves in the same boat as many Americans and citizens of other countries, barely afloat.

Instead of wasting one more valuable minute waiting for this so called "change" we have put into place a plan to submerse ourselves in the homeless culture that millions across the world are suffering from. Our goal is not just to document problems like many before us, but to help make the needed change. By doing so, we hope to better understand and address this horrible epidemic.

By becoming one with this forgotten society we will need to learn to survive all over again. From life's basic needs such as food and shelter to handling the mental strain of life on the streets, this will be a test of will and core beliefs.

Kevin Saftner, Galen Sisco, and Drew A. Dayton are taking the first step in creating change. The first step is not words or feelings, but actions. Our journey will take us to the streets of Miami and undoubtedly many more places. With photography, film, and pen we will document our experiences in this whole new world we will be entering. Together we hope to find solutions for the Needed Change.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

You Are Making This Possible!

We really need to hand it to you guys here, the way you are going above and beyond any expectations with help is truly encouraging. I can't express it enough...thank you. We should be in line to acquire some more equipment in the not too distant future which should really speed things up. Right now, we aren't doing too bad with our little Flip camera we purchased the other day. Yeah the video and audio quality aren't what we had but we're still getting some great footage.

We all want part of this documentary to focus on the talents, skills, and ambitions of the homeless because they are vast and prevalent. Last night, we met a man named Emerson, who has been homeless since 1983... he can play the harmonica pretty damn good. But it wasn't the quality of his play that got us, it was his passion to want to share his story and talent with us. Emerson, like most of his peers, was saddened by the fact that its almost impossible to get a job as a homeless person (I mean, my friends with college degrees feel this pain too). What does a man, so warm and passionate, and eager to be employed do? I hope this documentary uncovers more concerning that.

As for us, last night we slept under a lifeguard tower on South Beach. Not 100 yards away we were kept up by the sounds of that hideous Ludacris single every 6 minutes with presumably a hamster singing the chorus as well as the roars of the club scene. We must acknowledge that we did fall asleep but at multiple times between 3:30am and 6am we were awaken by people having sex or arguing on the lifeguard tower above us. I think last night was the toughest night of sleep so far.

Today, we will be making a 6 mile journey back to the Rescue Mission for a meal and shelter while getting interviews and footage along the way. We also hope to really start getting interviews from those in the shelter as they have now become more comfortable with us. We've met some people who were addicted to crack 2 months prior to today and are actively living a life with purpose and hope of bettering themselves and those in tumultuous situations, it's pretty remarkable to say the least.

We've also been toying with some great ideas as to how to raise money ourselves down here without actually getting jobs. I think Drew would make a great window washer!


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