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Sheltered Mercy is two years into filming. We plan to film for another year and then go into post-production, with the hope of releasing the film in January, 2021. We are using this longer format of filming so that we can follow the stories of our characters over a period of time. The crew of this documentary is dedicated to telling the stories of the people that have fallen the furthest through the cracks of the system. We have been brought to tears and humbled by the images and stories we have seen and heard. We have been inspired by the selflessness of people working on the front line to help the homeless. The Sheltered Mercy crew is working tirelessly on this film because we know how important this story is to tell. Leslie has been paying for all film expenses and Sean and Phillip have been working for free for the past two years. To complete this film with the excellence is deserves, we need funding in the form of donations and non-profit grant support.

Donations will go toward: 

Travel costs will be for the film crew to get to Sacramento, where most of the filming will be done. It will also allow us to film in a few other cities around the country to give snapshots of the homeless issue on a national scale. The stipend will be for our camera crew. Editing funds will go toward editing, sound mixing, color grading, and the production of our original film score. Website funds will cover the cost of our domain name ownership and the maintenance costs of a professional website.

Risks and challenges 

The Sheltered Mercy crew is passionate about this project and is willing to work tirelessly to ensure that this film gets made and meets our high standards of production quality.

Our biggest challenge in this film is making the subject matter of homelessness palatable and relatable. There is a story to be told because the issues around homelessness are largely ignored by general society, and the goal of this film to draw people’s attention to this issue and keep them engaged.

 

Another challenge of this film is keeping in touch with a population that, by the nature of their circumstances, are difficult to maintain consistent contact with. Homeless people are transient and often physically and mentally ill. Many do not have addresses, e-mails or phone numbers, so contacting them for follow-up interviews sometimes requires searching neighborhoods and networking with other people on the street. 

However, we are not intimidated by these challenges. We know the story is worth it.

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