Clay Riley Hassler USA / 2015 / 92 minutes East Coast Premiere
Times and Venues:
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Clay Riley Hassler, Tif Hassler
SYNOPSIS: LIMITED TICKETS are available at UPSTATE FILMS in RHINEBECK for the Rhinebeck screening.
Filmed in a real shelter with real people, Homeless tells the story of Gosh (Josh), a teenage boy lost in the bleak routine of life in a shelter. After his father is sent to jail and his grandmother passes away, Gosh, unable to pay rent, is forced onto the streets with only the clothes on his back and his iPod. If this were a Hallmark production, we'd expect some kindhearted soul to rescue Gosh. And indeed, after weeks of loneliness and setbacks, he is befriended and lands a job. But Homeless isn't a family-TV movie. Based on a real life story, made on a shoestring budget, debut director Clay Riley Hassler manages to truly portray a sense of what being homeless is like. With heartbreaking honesty, we are pulled into the world in which it is set. But despite the stark realism, Homeless is a tender story, told in quiet yet deep beats that slowly pierce our hearts.
- Ben F. Fischer
BIO: Clay Riley Hassler is a writer, director and director of photography of feature films, documentaries and media content for brands, agencies and distributors. His commercial resume includes over a dozen spots for Walmart's national Moms' Story campaign in partnership with Mark Burnett's (Survivor, The Voice) media and advertising agency, VIMBY, as well as collaborations with Toyota, Chevron, The Peoples Choice Awards, and an Olay Fresh Effects spot featuring actress Ashley Madekwe (Revenge, Salem).
Cast/Featuring: Michael McDowell, Lance Megginson, Julie Dunagan, Hosanna Gourley, Parker Townsend, J.W. Burriss, Michael Francis Paolucci
Producer(s): Tif Hassler
Director(s): Clay Riley Hassler
Screenwriter(s): Anna Fields, Clay Riley Hassler
Cinematographer(s): Clay Riley Hassler
Editor(s): Josh Beasley, Clay Riley Hassler, Sam Smartt
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