Richard Cohen Films - Taylor's Campaign
A gripping, surprisingly humorous and insightful look at hardworking people living in cardboard lean-tos in Santa Monica, California --dumpster diving for survival. When new laws jeopardize their civil rights, a destitute ex-truck driver named Ron Taylor runs for Santa Monica city council. His candidacy becomes a quest for tolerance.
Taylor's Campaign tells the story of one community's treatment of people who are homeless, yet "the film is a mirror of what is happening around the country" (Street Sheet).
The issues of human dignity, civil rights, hunger, substance abuse, treatment by the criminal justice system, hope vs. hopelessness are universal and poignantly conveyed.
Campaign stands as the best documentary
on homelessness in this era.
It is an
impressive work at the intersection
of documentary film-making
and social research,
and an invaluable resource
for teaching about poverty.
If there is one "must" film on homelessness for every sociology film
library, Taylor's Campaign is it."
"Fascinating...stands out among documentaries on homelessness... highly recommended for all collections."
"Engrossing and funny ... rare glimpses into the daily activities that are aboslutely familiar yet when shown in the context of street living, become much more potent. Cooking beans and rice, sweeping a dirty rug, making a bed - these images all reflect the common desires and activities in which humans engage in the places we call home, whether it be a studio in the Mission, a condo in the Marina or a dirt lot in Santa Monica. Taylor's Campaign succeeds in fairly representing the very complex problems of homelessness."
"Is it a crime to be poor? Do homeless people have rights? These are some questions
raised implicitly by Richard Cohen's remarkable documentary....
Comparisons to The
Grapes of Wrath are well deserved."
"Quiet, heartfelt film then - POW- .... Taylor's Campaign is about civilized society's attempt to criminalize homelessness to the point
where the people on the streets are no longer
"Lively, compassionate... illuminating." CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR David Sterritt
"Excellent documentary" Kevin Thomas, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
"A rare opportunity to transform one's
perceptions and by extension, our society."
"Taylor's Campaign is a personalized and poignant mirror of how our nation has addressed the ever-growing issue of homelessness over the past fifteen years. The homeless people in the film are not idealized by any means. They are not "pretty." But the film depicts them as survivors with the same needs and sense of justice that we all harbor"
wonderful resource for undergraduate and graduate students
as well as researchers in
anthropology, sociology, geography, social work, urban planning,
public policy, and urban
Recommended for personal enjoyment, community screenings and a range of academic interests including: sociology, urban studies, nursing, leadership, psychology, social work, public health, medicine, disability studies, legal studies, public interest law, community service, cinema studies and history.
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