Red Button: Homeless Youth
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RED BUTTON is an innovative storytelling project where the documentary subjects become the filmmakers.

In the first series of RED BUTTON stories, homeless youth in Toronto used camera phones to film their lives. Participants were given audio/video gear and offered a workshop to learn the basics of filmmaking. The homeless youth featured also received one-on-one guidance from professional filmmakers.

Then they captured their world from the inside and their footage was cut into short films that offer intimate perspectives on homelessness.

 
The Story of Red Button

Red Button is a revolutionary approach to storytelling where doc subjects become filmmakers. Homeless youth were given smartphones, audio and camera gear to film themselves. They were given a workshop to learn the basics of filmmaking and also had one-on-one guidance from professional filmmakers

The young people who participated in the project wanted to share their experiences and have their voices heard in the hopes of breaking through misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding homeless youth.

 
Rabbit

Rabbit, 23, is homeless. He has an addiction to fentanyl and other opioids.

Warning: Some scenes in this video may be disturbing to some viewers.

Terence

Terence, 22, was given a camera phone to capture his experience at a homeless shelter.

Listen to Terence’s music on itunes and Soundcloud.

The producers would like to thank the following organizations:

Horizons for Youth
Eva's Satellite
Raising the Roof
Sketch

Bell FundThe series is produced with the assistance of the Bell Fund.

Credits (Click to expand)

RED BUTTON CREDITS

Executive Producer
ROBERT COHEN

Producer
ELANA DEVINE

Co-Producer
MELANIE BROBYN

Production Manager
RICK WATTS

Associate Producer
AISHA FAIRCLOUGH

Editors
SETH POULIN
DAVID KORN

DMT
JOHN REED HRYSZKIEWICZ
JOEL RUSCINSKI

Assistant Editors
JONATHAN CROFT
KEVIN SHAK

Developed with the participation of the Bell Fund 

Produced in association with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 

Media Headquarters Film & Television 

 

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