Displaced: When Surviving Homelessness is a Crime

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“Displaced” takes viewers to Columbia, Missouri, where Ray, a homeless veteran, struggles under a new state law that criminalizes homelessness. The film starts with a poignant scene of Ray being displaced during a sweep, an action now legitimized by state legislation. As Ray scrambles to salvage his belongings, the documentary underscores the harsh measures of this law, showing sanitation workers and law enforcement in action.

The narrative exposes the flawed approach of penalizing homelessness instead of addressing its root causes like poverty and inadequate housing. Ray’s interactions with city officials, police, and other homeless people reveal a system more focused on criminalizing the vulnerable than helping them.

Set against Columbia’s urban backdrop, “Displaced” critiques the criminalization of homelessness and its impact, highlighting how such policies fail to tackle the underlying issues. It calls for a shift towards compassionate, supportive solutions that provide real help to those like Ray. The film is a powerful plea for rethinking how society deals with homelessness, emphasizing empathy over punishment.

For more information about the growing criminalization and how you can get involved, visit https://housingnothandcuffs.org

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Director – Luciana Faulhaber
Writers – Luciana Faulhaber + Marijane Miller
Producers – Amy Schumacher + Luciana Faulhaber
Field Producer – Matt Schacht
Executive Producer – Mark Horvath
Cinematographer – Ben Meredith
Editors – Alex Gasaway + Ben Meredith

Cast:

RAY – Keith Nussbaum
WILL – Michael Frimpong
CANDICE – Amy Schumacher
SANDY – Luciana Faulhaber
CARL – Michael Beran
SOCIAL WORKER 1 – Adonica Coleman
ENCAMPMENT WOMAN – Carol Jackson
ENCAMPMENT MAN – Tommy Kramer
CITY WORKER – Josh Kirby
COP – Bill Beller
FRONT DESK – Becca Bessette
WAITRESS – Angela Lechtenberg
CAR MAN #2 – Adam Woolley
CAR MAN – Alex Hoge
RAY – Keith Nussbaum
WILL – Michael Frimpong
ENCAMPMENT RESIDENT #1 – Jordan Lundy
ENCAMPMENT RESIDENT #2 – McCheyne McNamee
ENCAMPMENT RESIDENT #3 – Bonnie Beran
ENCAMPMENT RESIDENT #4 – Henry Mikel
ENCAMPMENT RESIDENT #5 – Steven Ray Mocler
ENCAMPMENT RESIDENT #6 – Rosemary McNeary
CITY WORKER #2 – Josh Arnold
CITY WORKER #3 – Regis Dorsey (Bam)
CITY WORKER #4 – Joseph Byron Durham
VA OFFICE #1 – Vicki Fogue
VA OFFICE #2 – Jimmy Harper & service dog

Crew:

Post-production Coordinator – Alex Gasaway
Music – Mark Horvath + Alex Gasaway
SFX – Alex Gasaway
Local 1st AD – Meredith Corrado
Art Director – Nicholai Raines
1st AC – Aaron Phillips
Gaffer – Garret Curry
PA – Mikayla Brown
PA/Grip – Allyson Minor
PA (Tent encampment build) – Josh Arnold
Art PA/builder – Marley Magner
Grip/Art PA – Jessica Angus
BTS Photographer – Kylie Shaw
Audio Recordist – Matt McCann
Grip / key grip Emerson Van Roekel


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