Filmed in a real homeless shelter with real homeless people, HOMELESS tells the story of a teenage boy lost in the bleak routine of life in a shelter. He feels alone and anonymous in a seemingly connected world. But when his circumstances change for the better, he finds himself adapting to a new home, new friends and looking forward to a future that he hopes will last.
HOMELESS is a narrative feature film written and created by a group of friends and shot over the span of 25 days. Working on a shoe string budget, the cast and crew shot across the city of Winston-Salem, NC, including two days at Randolph County Correctional Center in Asheboro, NC. The team spent a week at the Samaritan Inn homeless shelter, working and filming alongside the staff and residents as blocking had to be done in the middle of the hustle and bustle of a shelter working at full capacity in the cold winter months. The film was directed and produced by husband and wife team, Clay and Tif Hassler in association with their motion picture production company, Wet Paint. This film would not be possible without the love and support from our families, friends and the community of Winston-Salem.