Pregnant on the Streets
Pregnant on the Streets is a feature-length documentary about a pregnant homeless woman facing the adversity of entering motherhood, while living on the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The number of pregnant women in the Bay Area with no home or who live in a single-room occupancy hotel has spiked 76 percent from 2010 to 2015, according to the California Department of Public Health.
We are currently seeking additional production support and financial investors interested in the cause. Explore the website and learn more about the project.
Cheryl, (28), homeless and three months pregnant, desperately desires to raise her child in a healthy environment. She must get off the streets of the San Francisco area and overcome her struggle with drug addiction and take control of her mental health issues to prevent Child Protective Services from taking her baby away.
WHY THIS MOVIE MUST BE MADE
"San Francisco has a largely invisible homeless population — pregnant women. Because of a gap in San Francisco’s emergency housing policy, those women are frequently homeless throughout pregnancy" (link). Basically, they only qualify for family shelter once they reach their third trimester, or if they can prove they are medically at risk. Even if they do qualify, there’s an average wait of 121 days to be accepted in a family shelter.
San Francisco’s Homeless Prenatal Program has seen 229 pregnant homeless women in the first half of 2018 alone. "In the past two months, Catholic Charities outreach caseworkers at Bayview Access Point saw 25 homeless pregnant women living in their cars, on the streets and in encampments" (link).
Recently this story has begun to draw attention in the media. In November 2017, NBC Bay Area conducted an investigation dedicated to the subject of homeless pregnant women that revealed “a dramatic increase in the number of homeless children and pregnant women struggling to make ends meet in high-priced San Francisco" (link).
This documentary will raise awareness about the high numbers of pregnant women living on our streets and in our communities. We must make Bay Area residents see the urgency of this problem and convince legislators to prioritize women when it comes to their policy.
Our visual approach incorporates a gritty aesthetic by using vintage camera lenses. This enables us to create stunning, cinematic images by preserving the rough feeling of life on the streets. To film our main character we will use close-up frames to show emotions and expressions. We will keep an organic style, playing with natural light and the shadows of the city. In contrast, for our interviews with experts, we will use wide angle frames and portable lights, creating a bright, formal and clean look.
There will be no voice-of-god narration but rather a collection of first-person interviews. We will record them with local authorities, and the homeless community. While the interviews will give a foundation and context to the situation, our story progresses while following our main character through her day-to-day life.
We plan to spend 60 days over a 14 month period capturing observational footage that reveals unexpected and vulnerable moments. This length of time will ensure that we accurately portray our main character’s story as her pregnancy progresses and she eventually has her baby.
Originally from Argentina, Laura Ferro is the founder and creative director of Rebel Monk, a video production company based in Silicon Valley that provides video content for the tech industry.
Laura first began her career in the theater, in Brazil and later Portugal, as a director and choreographer. With a master’s degree in performing arts, she has taught in Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires. For over 10 years, Laura wrote and directed sold-out dance pieces.
Years later, Laura started her career as a filmmaker, having the opportunity to work for brands such as Facebook, ESPN, Samsung and several others in the United States. She has created international music videos and commercials. Her directing credits include an art piece called Shifted, which was shown in more than 20 film festivals and screenings around the world, and the music video Tidal Wave, nominated Favorite 2015 Music Video from the MYX Music Awards in the Philippines.
While video production for brands and corporations is a significant part of what Laura does at Rebel Monk, documentary filmmaking that embraces stories of underrepresented communities is also an integral part of her professional journey.
WE ARE READY TO MOVE INTO PRODUCTION
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Rebel Monk Productions
Menlo Park, CA