It is tough to truly understand the plight of the homeless if you’ve always had a place to live. For many of us, attempting to look at the world through the eyes of the homeless would be a big step outside of our comfort zone.
For Sam Slovick, a filmmaker and writer who has been chronicling the lives of Los Angeles’ homeless, interacting with the down-and-out has never been difficult. As a teenage runaway he had a drug abuse problem and was once evicted from his apartment on Skid Row for not paying rent. He developed a street sensibility that now allows him to relate to the people he meets on the street.
“It’s second nature to me; I’m just going in as myself,” says Slovick. “My success has been because of my intentions — I went in with an intention that was true and pure, just about giving a voice to the voiceless.”