Small towns with big characters. This is the first in an ongoing series of short documentaries exploring unseen and passed-by places. Official Selection: Port Townsend Film Festival, Everett Film Festival.
Our director, John Harrison, arrived in Edison in the dead of winter. Before the sun had risen, he entered the Edison Cafe and took a seat at the counter. Over a cup of hot coffee, he asked the waitress, "who is the most interesting person in Edison?" Everyone in the tiny cafe overheard the ensuing conversation and offered their own opinions as to who this person might be. Eventually, a consensus was reached: "well, there's this guy who moved to Edison a few years ago. He plays the guitar and lives above the lumber yard down at the end of the road. Name's Daddy Treetops."
A few minutes later, John was standing in the lumber yard, knocking on Tree's door. Watch the film to see what happened next, and who else John met during his time in Edison. Featuring the music of Daddy Treetops and footage from the annual Edison Chicken Parade!
Time To Listen is a 15 minute film focusing on the stories of six different homeless individuals and how they navigate life. Whether it’s the economy, substance abuse, poor decisions, health issues, mental illness, chronic homelessness, or life change. Whatever causes homelessness…these six individuals are opening up and sharing about how they became homeless, what it feels like to be homeless, and how they would like you to see them. Produced for Seattle University's Faith and Family Homelessness Project.
As Ellena began the difficult work of re-entering society, she joined a support home for Native American women. With healing and affirmation at home, Ellena was looking for a way to do something positive. That’s when she found Seattle Goodwill. "I was walking by Goodwill one day and thought maybe they could help me get back into a career."
Greg Buell doesn't have all the answers, but for now he's learning to live with mystery. When he was born, the doctors told his parents that he'd never walk, or be able to do anything on his own. Now, he lives an independent life, solving each new problem as it comes.
He hasn't found an easy answer as to why he has to struggle with the challenges he was born with, but maybe faith is not always about easy answers. Greg lives every day face to face with a mystery he can't understand—but, whether we realize it or not, don't we all?
Just a few short years ago, Carla and her husband were homeless, living out of their van. Thanks to Carla's courageous decisions, they now have their own apartment and Carla is working a full-time job. This is their story. Produced for Goodwill.
Microsoft's most valuable assets are its employees and the unique perspectives they bring to their jobs each and every day. Produced for Microsoft.
Featured on CBS Television: Alex and his little sister Brittney were adopted from foster care in 2010, with baby Baylen to follow in 2011. This is their family's story. Produced for Amara Parenting.
"You don't come here and find the American dream. You come here and find your dreams. Your own dreams." Carla and her husband moved to the Puget Sound region from Argentina. When she first moved here, she would often stay in her home because she didn't know how to speak English--and didn't know how to go about learning it. When she came to Goodwill to take free English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, she realized she was not alone on the journey to learn English. Taking the classes gave her confidence. Today, she's a server at a local restaurant, hoping to one day open her own shop where she can bake "beautiful things".