September 7, 2012 § Leave a Comment
May 21, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Drugs, drink and depression had caused Brenda’s life to spiral out of control. At the age of forty-seven she became homeless, and spent the next two and a half years living on the streets and in various shelters. Brenda was four months into her stay at WillBridge Santa Barbara- a supportive housing program that helps the homeless transition from life on the street back to society- when we first met. Over the next six months, she shared her story with me.
It Keeps Me In Line: Brenda’s Story was presented on May 18, 2012 at The Certificate in Documentary Arts Final Project Ceremony at the Nasher Museum at Duke University.
February 9, 2012 § Leave a Comment
September 22, 2011 § Leave a Comment
This is a story about Jean and Joe Pommier, who have spent the past 16 years giving to others. Now the Pommiers say it’s time for others to give back. This story aired on KQED’s The California Report.
August 8, 2011 § 1 Comment
Carol Damon lives in Santa Barbara, where she spends her days at the library and her nights at the homeless shelter. Here, she reads two of her contributions to the blog Homelesss in Santa Barbara .
The first, “We Don’t Fit In”, is an essay about being unemployed and homeless.
“Sisters In Homelessness” outlines her dream of providing shelter for homeless women.
Thanks to Carol, and the folks at Homeless In Santa Barbara.
May 22, 2011 § 3 Comments
I heard him before I saw him. Tinged with island rhythm, his amplified patois drifted through the streets of the Marigny. “I have grapes, grapefruit, tangerines, plum. I have the mango…”. Like his daddy before him, Arthur J. Robinson- affectionately known as Mr. Okra- sings his songs, peddles his produce, and makes people happy. Mr. Robinson was kind enough to share his story with me, and I’d like to share it with you.
April 9, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Sings Like Hell, the acclaimed concert series celebrating all things singer-songwriter, recently celebrated its 200th show at Santa Barbara’s venerable Lobero Theatre. To honor the occasion I produced this piece, which aired on KQED’s The California Report.
Listen: Sings Like Hell