DIRECTORS STATEMENT


It really means so much to have LOST ANGELS: SKID ROW IS MY HOME honored in this way and it gives me a chance to publicly thank LAMP for their incredible levels of trust right from the beginning. We were given the gift of access to work with the clients at Lamp. Without that we would never have met with Linda Harris, Detroit (Terri Hughes), Lee Anne (the Cat Lady), Bam Bam, OG or KK, (Kevin Cohen). Through those relationships we met Danny “The Olympian” Harris at The Midnight Mission & General Dogon and all at LACAN.

These are our LOST ANGELS in the film, but they have all been my teachers from the beginning, they showed me what it is to recover, to find grace and to become of service. I did not expect to have a life changing experience making this film, but that is exactly what happened. I am forever in the debt of these people because they have shown me through their strength & experience that we do recover, and that we can repair our broken hearts and heads.

The idea right from the beginning was to let the people of Skid Row speak for themselves, and we were blown away by:

• Their dignity,
• Their resilience,
• Their honesty and,
• Their stories about life dealing with mental illness and addiction on Skid Row. We set out to show the poetry in the person with schizophrenia and the wisdom in the heart of a person trying to break a crack addiction.

But IRONICALLY it was their journeys into mental health units, supportive housing, into therapy, into recovery, into activism and social action that became the journey of the film. That is why we added the line SKID ROW IS MY HOME to the film's title.

These stories are individually full of hope but they give all of us hope, because drug addiction and mental illness are part of life wherever we are, and we have to face these issues together, find help from each other. It became very clear that beneath the surface there was a vibrant and incredible community on Skid Row and that there were hundreds if not thousands of volunteers, care-workers, mental health workers, lawyers & activists working to sustain and improve life of the people on Skid Row.

- Thomas Napper, October 2012

The People

...puts a human face on these so readily dismissed individuals that inhabit the Skid Row area...

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The Film

Although its stated purpose is to reduce crime in the area, for many the program is nothing more than officially sanctioned class warfare.

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The Filmmakers

Sometimes you just know when something's not right. You see it, or hear it, and you know instinctively there's something missing.

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"Humanistic portrait of Los Angeles' Skid Row"

Narrated by Catherine Keener, LOST ANGELS: SKID ROW IS MY HOME takes an uncompromising yet life-affirming look at the lives of eight remarkable individuals--people who have found a way to make a life for themselves within the community of homelessness. The film shows how their descent into society’s basement has been exacerbated by the forces of gentrification and the increasing criminalization of homeless people, while exposing the draconian changes to the mental health care system that have brought us here.

With the support of a vast array of advocates, especially the services of Lamp Community, the mission featured in the Jamie Foxx/ Robert Downey Jr. film, THE SOLOIST, many residents of Skid Row have found a way to stick together and fight back.

Directed by Thomas Napper, LOST ANGELS demonstrates how proactive approaches to homelessness–most specifically that of providing housing–are helping many to recover from mental illness and substance abuse and to find stability. For many, Skid Row is, perhaps improbably, the last place to find refuge and build a life of meaning…proving that sometimes home is where the help is.

Coming soon to select theaters.

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Reviews

“Lost Angels' Film Puts Human Faces On Homeless Crisis In Los Angeles”
"LOST ANGELS: The true story behind The Soloist hits the big screen"
'Lost Angels' "Finds Struggle and Grace Among Skid Row’s Homeless"
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