Advocates, The Directed
Remi Kessler USA / 2018 / 87 minutes East Coast Premiere
Times and Venues:
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
Over half a million people are homeless in the US right now, and 25% of them are in California. With over 58,000 people experiencing homelessness every night in Los Angeles County, the city has the second largest homeless population of any city in the U.S., preceded only by New York.
The Advocates goes behind debates and headlines with pragmatic, hopeful stories of real-life transformation from the trenches. As experts supply insights into the underlying causes of the crisis amid a changing policy landscape, this emotive, revelatory film follows three caseworkers who win our hearts with their integrity, skill, and dedication. The film depicts their daily struggles and achievements, highlighting solutions, showing what is possible when the right resources, funding, and compassion are applied.
Rémi Kessler has produced numerous commercials, feature films, music videos, television series, corporate films and documentaries throughout the world. Some of the films he produced with Megastar David Guetta or iconic fashion designer Ozwald Boateng were an instant success and shown in festivals worldwide. For the last decade, Rémi 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. Remi began working on “The Advocates” in 2014 and the journey has changed his life.
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