"Quiet Storms of Reform", Screening of a Work-In-Progress and Retrospective Photography Exhibit
A Long Moment in Thought: Poverty and its Solutions 1980 - 2016
By: Ben DeSoto Photography
"Quiet Storms of Reform" is a feature-length documentary film blending stories spanning three decades in the lives of two homeless people. Their life experiences on the streets and prison juxtapose to the current reforms in our regions courts, healthcare and foster care systems. "Quiet Storms of Reform" is a story about when head and heart meet on the streets to speak. By producing and distributing a film about reforms in Harris County Texas, DeSoto hopes to raise national awareness of success stories, educating policy-makers and the general public about the social and economic benefits of ending homelessness through policies responding to accessible health care, ending human trafficking and the jail diversion movement.
"I am honored to witness the generational shift in policies and practices effectively ending the threat of homelessness in the Gulf Coast region. About 10,000 people have been housed through the Housing First model and the permanent supportive housing network over the past four years, including my friend Ben White. The announcement of "Functional Zero" for Veteran homelessness in 2015 and the ongoing efforts to house families with short transitional times from crisis to home is a model for the nation."
"The Houston film community through SWAMP has really supported my growing skills as filmmaker, enhancing my years of documentary work. The contributions of musician friends, painters and photographer/
Upcoming in Fall 2016:
* A Long Moment in Thought: Poverty and its Solutions 1980 – 2016 is a "studio visit" to DeSoto's warehouse studio and darkroom, September 15 through October 3, 2016. This unique collection of work on the topic of homelessness will hang together for the first time. Comprising about 100 photos and collage from 1992 exhibits, about 100 works from 2008 exhibit and about 50 new works. Most of the work is 35mm camera film and represents a long-term body of work based on journalism but also draws from anthropology for reflection, comparison and analysis. El Rincon Social, 3210 Preston, Houston TX 77003
* "Quiet Storms of Reform" will have two Works-in-Progress Screenings, http://www.quietstormsreform.com
o September 17, 2016, 7:30pm at El Rincon Social (3210 Preston) &
o October 26, 2016, 7:30pm at Rice Media Center (Rice University Entrance 8)
About Ben Tecumseh DeSoto, DIRECTOR, PHOTOJOURNALIST
Ben is a veteran photographer and documentarian of 30 years. He spent most of his career at the Houston Chronicle capturing the sights of Houston as a growing metropolis. While at the Chronicle, Ben documented the plight of the homeless through daily assignments and in his many photo essays. That work was the foundation for the Understanding Poverty Project. Drawing together a photo exhibit, book, and documentary film, this narrative explores the struggle of human dignity when lives caught in the various depths of trauma. Past venues include the Rotunda of City Hall, City of Houston in 2009 and the Nave Museum in 2012.
Currently, Ben works as a freelance photographer and educator, and teaching artist with Houston FotoFest's "Literacy Through Photography"
El Rincon Social, http://elrinconsocial.com/
Rice Media Center, http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~
Houston CALL Project, www.callprojecthouston.org
Kim Stoilis, Stoilis Communications