We invite you to wrestle with the complexity of poverty.

Screenings

WA State Attorney General’s Office – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty | 10.17.18
NAACP (member event) | TBD
Unitarian Universalist Church | TBD
Shadle Library Public Event | 6.19.18 @ 6:30pm
Family Promise and New Community Church Public Event | 5.19.18 @ 10:30am
Spokane International Academy at Gonzaga University | 5.15.18
Eastern Washington University – Office of Community Engagement Public Event | 5.08.18
Spokane Community College – Office of ESL | 5.03.18
South Hill Library Public Event | 3.27.18
Department of Social and Health Services (staff event) | 3.22.18
EWI of Spokane (member event) | 3.20.18
YWCA (private event) | 2.28.18
EWU Spokane Campus, Urban Development Public Event | 2.26.18
Magic Lantern Public Event | 2.21.18
FeedSpokane (private event) | 2.10.18
Avista Corp. (private event) | 2.02.18
Spokane Downtown Library Public Event | 1.25.18
WorkSource Spokane (private event) | 1.22.18
SNAP (private event) | 11.16.17
2nd Harvest (private event) | 11.10.17
Compassion Games | 9.16.17

A Walk Through Poverty is a 30-minute film exploring the plight and complexity of poverty, specifically here at home in the Inland Northwest. This pairing of art installation plus documentary screening is designed to evoke curiosity and immerse viewers in the conversation, inviting us all to relate and see ourselves in the situations presented.

Everyone struggles, yet we all seek hope and purpose for our lives, striving to reach - or discover - our potential. Each of us has the power to make a positive impact in the lives of those around us - our neighbors. And it doesn’t cost us a thing.

Poverty is a topic of critical importance, as we work towards a more connected and empathetic community, understanding that poverty touches all of us in one form or another... even when it seems we are invincible.

WHY CHARCOAL: The style choice of incorporating handdrawn art into the theme and exhibition of this documentary was a fundamental one, and in a way it shaped the film itself. We wanted the goals of authenticity and immersion to come through in the “feel” of the documentary as well as the fuller viewer experience... that it be tactile and personal as much as possible. Charcoal as a medium - along with the heavy fibrous paper used - was messy and laborious. Those tools were used in crafting the portraits as well as creating the studio interview setting, quite literally constructing the environment for the conversation.

As a reflective note to the style choice… as precisely and skillfully as the individual portraits were crafted, they were also created through the eyes of the artist. The film is similar: we share what we can, striving to honor and be true to the individual, however you can’t fully appreciate a life story - let alone four - in a 30-minute film. We are grateful for the slice of time we were invited in to capture the experiences and insights of these individuals. And to have the opportunity to honor that time with a work of art bearing their likeness is a lovely and timeless byproduct.

Artist | Cameron Day

Cameron called Spokane home for just a short while, transplanting from San Diego with his wife, Jenny. During his time here, Cameron created the artwork for A Walk Through Poverty while working as a Baristo. In July, Cameron and Jenny moved to South Korea with plans to work, teach, and pay off their student loans. Cameron is studying for his teaching credential, and continues to draw and drink coffee.

cday.myportfolio.com

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THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING NONPROFITS & AGENCIES

For the part they play in this story and our community.

Big Table
Family Promise
SNAP (Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners)
Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery
West Central Community Center (WCCC)

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR Community Sponsors

Gonzaga University Sponsor
WA-trust Sponsor

Statement from the Filmmaker

Megan Kennedy | Rogue Heart Media

Community, no matter your particular definition, is what surrounds you. And we all have the opportunity to impact what community means to those around us… by doing our part to strengthen the support, trust, and compassion shared between neighbors.  If there is a thread of commonality in the personal experiences explored in this film – whether someone is currently experiencing poverty or if they’ve  found some stability and are able to reflect back – there is a shared sentiment that “no one can do it alone.” It all comes back to community.

Some of us already experience a strong sense of supportive community, made up of friends and family and others who want to see us succeed. With young children, I have a heightened awareness now of how simply having a trusted family member to help with childcare is a huge privilege. What if I had no one to call whom I trust for a favor? For some, support is absent. For others, trust is absent. If I’ve gathered anything from the deeply impactful experience of capturing A Walk Through Poverty over the past year, it is that we all have the opportunity and the power to strengthen the sense of community for others who need it most by offering kindness and connection.  

Our hope is that this film invites conversation, curiosity, and ultimately that it may inspire compassion at its truest sense of the word: That we as viewers and citizens don’t just feel empathy, but that we be compelled to do something with it. If empathy is the silent connection, compassion is the action taken… be it prayer, a shared smile, volunteering time, or making a donation to a worthy cause. I sincerely hope that you enjoy the film, and my heartfelt thanks to everyone who trusted us in its creation. Thank you for sharing.

Project funded by Hemmingson Philanthropy