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Boulevard Angles – A journey into the ‘Other side of Tinseltown’

BOULEVARD ANGELS- Documentary. A journey into the 'Other side of Tinseltown'

A 1990 Documentary exploring the lives of the Homeless and runaway Teenagers living On The Streets Of Hollywood California.

Take a trip down the Boulevard of broken Dreams ‘Hollywood Boulevard’ and take a journey into the other side of Tinseltown.

As seen through the eyes of some of the homeless street people and runaway teenagers who head to ‘Glamor Capital’ of the USA. Hollywood California.

Boulevard Angels was the first ever documentary film by Filmmaker/Actor Stephen C Page. Shot on a budget of £500 awarded by Walsall Youth Arts the filmmaker set out to Hollywood with just a VHS video camera and spent time living homeless with some of the young people depicted in the film.

Boulevard Angels was the recipient of the ‘Century 21 Award’ awarded at the 1991 ‘Birmingham International Film Festival’.

Broken Lives Illustrated Homeless Documentary

Broken Lives Illustrated Homeless Documentary

Broken Lives Illustrated is the story of 12 homeless individuals living in St. Pete, Florida.
The subjects were interviewed and then turned into fine art by artist Jake Troyli jaketroyli.com

More info on their original kickstarter listing here

Documentary Notes

Hearing the stories of the homeless and expressing them through artwork.

Interviewees

Kevin Farley, college educated, ex-carpenter lost his job and girlfriend in Kentucky, USA.

Brian Douglas, lives in Maryland, born in Connecticut. Recovering drug addict following a biker lifestyle for many years. A bike accident now means his only form of income is disability allowance. Explains a lot of fights and robbery on the streets.

Borris Samson, St Petersberg, Florida. Spent a lot of time in children’s homes/re-formitory schools. Talks about sexual abuse, and beatings when he was a young child at said school.  The worst part of living on the street: no structure. Stuck in his past. Lived his life in and out of prison. “Existing without a purpose”.

Dave, been arrested 39 times in 2013.

Adam, absolute hero.

Hardest part about being on the streets? – Finding a safe place to sleep

Why don’t people sleep in hostels or shelters? – Hostels and shelter are noisy, smelly, cramped, hard to get any sleep.

 

Notes

  • Various forms of drug and alcohol use
  • Mostly results from losing a job
  • High reported rates of violent crimes on the streets
  • Theft of the streets
  • High reported rates of sexual abuse
  • Living day to day, often living with other families

Further Resources

St Vincents de Paul Shelter