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“Swept-Out” Screens to a Full House

Columbus showed a healthy turnout for a screening of a local documentary, Swept Out , by Mary Howard, on May 26th at the Drexel Theater.

The event, presented by the Columbus Free Press and the Festival, played to a large crowd- prompting Drexel Theater staff to move the film to a larger screen just before the lights dimmed.

“Swept Out” tells the stories of hundreds of Columbus citizens who survive outside in their cars, under highway overpasses and in tent and shanty communities near downtown. The raw, unadorned lens reveals the multi-layered difficulties present in caring for this under-the-radar community.

Earl Wurdlow

MC Earl Wurdlow, lyric oratory – perking up audiences ears before the film.

Earl Wurdlow played orator, read: master of ceremonies, for the evening and Festival Director Susan Halpern and a host of new film fest interns provided free stuff (whats an event without a raffle,right?!).

Following the screening, Mary Howard, answered audience questions, and provided an update from the field concerning the whereabouts of a few of the individuals featured in the film.

Mary Howard

Mary Howard sharing behind the scenes insight into the problem of the geography of Columbus’s homeless: “not in my back yard, but nowhere else to go”

Ken Andrews, Outreach Coordinator for the Columbus Open Shelter , was in attendance and added insight into  solutions for homeless access to shelter.

After months of tightening focus in the media on the subject of financial, psychological, and personal difficulties in the current economic climate, the affect of Swept Out relies less on our distanced compassion than on realizing “we are all a few paychecks away from being on the street,” as one homeless resident reiterates throughout the film.

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