One Night Showing of regional documentary Street Pulse, November 17, 3 pm at Valhalla, UW-La Crosse
The La Crosse Homeless Coalition, in collaboration with the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, will be showing the Madison made documentary Street Pulse. The film, shot by a Madison teacher and filmmaker Marc Kornblatt, follows a couple who are homeless and selling the street paper of the same name in the state's capital city. It has been shown on Wisconsin Public Television as well as in film festivals. The filmmaker will be speaking in addition to showing the film.
"We are really excited to be showing a regionally made movie that is about this important issue" said Teresa Byland, who helped to organize the event and is a supervisor at Justice Sanctions for La Crosse County. "It is our hope that people feel moved by seeing this and become involved in helping others" she continued. Becky Koske, a case manager at CouleeCap, added, "There will be no cost for attending the film but we are asking for a non-perishable donation to go to the Salvation Army. Simply by attending the movie a person is helping to contribute, even in just a little way."
This event is a part of a larger, nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the plight of hungry and homeless persons throughout the country. "It is such a big issue that is not always obvious" said Kayla Ryan, a social work student at Winona State University who is helping to organize the event as an intern at Independent Living Resources. Caroline Terrell, a psychology major and sociology minor at UWL, and intern at the YWCA, stated, , "I think this film helps to really humanize the experience of people who are going without." Mary Jacobson, who works with homeless families through the YWCA, added, "This seems so important right now, before the Thanksgiving holiday"
Local non-profits will have tables set up before and after the showing for people who are interested in learning more about how they can help. For more information, people can contact Michael Sersch at Independent Living Resources, (608) 787-1111, Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org, or Teresa Byland at Justice Sanctions, 785-5852, email@example.com.