June 2019

1 Week Away…

My apologies I have not been present on social media or posting content the past few weeks. I have been developing this story behind the scenes, planning all logistics, interviews, and even adding a (fairly large) wrinkle to the project.

Here’s what’s in store for the week(s) ahead…

I finalize whatever interviews I’ve tried to sort thus far. I will need more to help explaining the process than I’ve confirmed so far, but the first round of planning interviews will be finished before Wednesday.

Wednesday I pack. I make sure I have everything ready for the shoot. Car, camera, place to stay (more on that later), etc. Packing camera gear can be daunting. I have to make sure I don’t forget anything, but also don’t want to pack anything I’m not going to use, since I will be carrying everything on my back. Plus it will be raining in Chicago.

I fly to Indy Thursday. Friday I contact to confirm with everyone I will meet with over the next few days in Chicago, and head up Sunday morning.

I stop by Bear Komplex to pick up the backpacks they’ve donated, and then to a friends to unpack and gear up…

The wrinkle I’ve decided to include is that I will be staying in a tent for one of these nights. I will have to speak with a couple people before deciding which night makes more sense, but I want a feel for what these people go through, and I want to be able to explain that to you, so one night is the very least that will take.

I hope doing so brings a unique perspective to the situation, and an ability to explain it to the public so they see it in a new light.

I film and interview all day Monday and Tuesday before heading back to Indianapolis to start processing the footage and everything I learned Tuesday evening.

Lastly, I’ve decided it makes more sense to tackle this story from Indianapolis. It is close to Chicago, and logistically works better than San Diego. I would have to get back behind a bar (worse places to be, I know), and not be able to devote the time and energy to this if I am trying to eek by paying bills just to live in America’s Finest City. If I am able to carry this project back to San Diego, I would love to help here, too, so we’ll see. But for the time being, I will spend a few weeks here after I get back from the Chicago trip to tie up loose ends and head back to Indy in August until this project is complete.

Stay tuned…

“Tent City” update

I wanted to post an update on Tent City to let everyone know how we’ve progressed over the past couple weeks. I have been setting up interviews, getting the logistics in order, such as car and camera rentals and have been trying to map out how to get as much footage and information in the short time I am there.

A few organizations have not taken the time to respond, but those who have are excited to be part of this project and will certainly help us reach more people! It’s cool to think about how this project will affect the people we are trying to help, but also how it may influence people that weren’t initially part of anything, and are motivated to be part of helping somehow after seeing what we are trying to do.

The weeks leading up to the project require a lot of work behind the scenes. I’ll continue to post updates on Instagram and LinkedIn, which will surely ramp up when I get back to Chicago 30 June.

Lastly, “Tent City,” is a working title. It may change (I expect it to) once I get back to Chicago and hear what these individuals say about their experience living there. Often times a phrase or word makes itself clearly important or symbolic of the project. It isn’t that ‘Tent City’ doesn’t represent this issue, but the name is not singular to this project or issue, and again, another symbol could make itself apparent once I get back.