Something You Can Call Home

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Documentary film from United Kingdom and United States
74 minutes

Screens Thursday, February 26, 2015
Screening Block 2, 4pm-7:15pm

Directed by Rebecca Kenyon
Produced by Rebecca Kenyon and Phil Parker

For some, the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, is a tourist playground. Beneath the surface however, the face of homelessness is changing rapidly. Former business owner Vince has slept under a stairwell in a parking garage for the past year. Currently sober, he’s determined to turn his life around. Having aged out of foster care, student and female impersonator Jerome now lives under a bridge. Melody is an educated ex-Marine, who lost her local government job and fights imminent foreclosure, in desperation, she considers sending away her two sons. Karen and feisty daughter Chemaiyah escaped domestic violence to move between church shelters each week, swallowing pride when feeling belittled by well-intentioned volunteers. Some make the transition; others fall deeper through the cracks. With touches of dark humor and an intimate, honest style, Something You Can Call Home explores what’s essential for physical and emotional survival.

About the Director

Originally an actor, Rebecca Kenyon has collaborated on many projects, with subjects including mental health stigma (The Shed), service animals (Me and My Guide Dog, broadcast 2015), and bullying against LGBT teenagers (It Gets Better – West End). Having recently set up mote of dust films, her latest short documentary, Gallopers, follows life on UK vintage fairground Carters Steam Fair. She was founding artist-in-residence at Cucalorus Film Festival where Something You Can Call Home also premiered.


2014 Wild Rose Film Festival (Iowa) – Distinctive Achievement Award: Best Documentary
2014 Wild Rose Film Festival (Iowa) – Distinctive Achievement Award: Documentary Directing
2014 Wild Rose Film Festival (Iowa) – Distinctive Achievement Award: Documentary Editing
2014 IndieFest Awards (California) – Award of Merit: Special Mention
2014 El Dorado Film Festival (Arkansas) – Best Documentary

Something You Can Call Home has so far been entirely self-funded, sustained by Rebecca living a somewhat unsettled, nomadic lifestyle for the past two years, and by in-kind support from friends, family and her Cucalorus Film Festival artist’s residency. If you would like to support our film, please click here to donate through our fiscal sponsor, Southern Documentary Fund.

Please be in touch if you are interested in hosting your own community screening of the film later in the year – screening kits and curriculum will be available shortly. Donations are also welcome in order to continue this work.


About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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