Rèmi Kessler USA / 2018 / 87 minutes East Coast Premiere
Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Rèmi Kessler, Caroline Schweich
The Advocates is a sweeping look at the history and causes of the current homeless crisis in Los Angeles, a distressing situation throughout the U.S. But rather than focusing solely on the homeless population, this story highlights the community of advocates who work tirelessly to create a better existence for their clients. Bringing us deep into the lives of some of the individuals they are fighting for, and with great compassion, the film goes behind debates and headlines with pragmatic, hopeful stories of real-life transformation from the trenches. Rudy Salinas, the Director of Outreach for Housing Works in Los Angeles asks, ‘Where is the crossroads? Where do we change direction?’ It is time for everyone to look for answers and find solutions toward a more just and humane society. —Jessica Peeters
BIO: Rèmi Kessler has produced numerous commercials, feature films, music videos, television series, corporate films, and documentaries throughout the world. The films he produced with megastar David Guetta and iconic fashion designer Ozwald Boateng were huge successes and showed in festivals worldwide. For the last decade, Kessler has been pursuing his passion for documentary films, and among these, produced Shadows and Lights, a documentary celebrating the 100th anniversary of Orson Welles, which opened the classic documentary section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Kessler began working on The Advocates in 2014 and the journey has changed his life.
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