Fort McMurray, AB- To bring attention to the issues of homelessness and addiction, US AND THEM is touring North American communities. The response after every show has been incredible; audience members are leaving with a newfound compassion and desire to help the chronically homeless.
US AND THEM was written and directed by Krista Loughton and award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Abbott, the co-director and editor of the widely acclaimed film THE CORPORATION, one of Canada’s most successful documentaries.
The tour of US AND THEM will continue into 2020 and the line-up so far has included an exclusive screening on Parliament Hill for all of Canada’s MPs. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, hosted the event. The film also screened at the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s Annual Congress, the Housing First Partners Conference in Los Angeles, and the United Way Worldwide Community Impact and Leadership Conference.
Fort McMurray is joining US AND THEM’s international efforts to raise awareness about housing and caring for people who are living outside on our streets. At a time when North America is in the midst of both a housing and opioid crisis, national efforts to raise awareness about homelessness and addiction through a compassionate lens has never been more relevant.
Filmmaker Krista Loughton will be in attendance, as well as various leaders from the social-profit sector who will speak to poverty and homelessness in our community. Krista will be available for interviews prior to the screening and can be contacted directly at (250) 889-1232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
US AND THEM Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSCZogP4cM8
*Full version of the film available upon request at: email@example.com
Filmed over a decade, US AND THEM is a deeply visceral film about transformation through human connection. It all begins when filmmaker Krista Loughton is questioned by addiction expert Dr. Gabor Maté about her need to relieve pain in the world. This takes her back in time when she befriended four chronically homeless people in an effort to help them heal their lives.
Under the mentorship of Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., Krista decides to teach her friends how to balance on the First Nations Medicine Wheel. In the beginning, there is connection and hope, but unfortunately, none are able to conquer their addictions or significantly change their lives. And then tragically, one dies. Out of her league, Krista seeks out the counsel of Dr. Maté, who forces her to confront her own motivations. Krista confesses her own emotional struggles with her remaining street friends. They display an extraordinary empathy and wisdom no one could have anticipated.
About The Poverty Reduction Network
Jointly chaired by United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo and the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, the Poverty Reduction Network is a group of several invested agencies who collaborate to:
- Build awareness of poverty in our community
- Build the capacity and knowledge for professionals
- Influence social change
- Research and collect data for effective response
- Provide responsive initiatives to low income individuals and families