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Homeless (2015) 15

U.S.A. | 2015 | 93 min.

Filmed in a real shelter with real homeless people, the film tells the story of Gosh (Josh), a teenage boy lost in the bleak routine of life in a shelter. Every day, from sunup until sundown, Gosh is put out on the streets, unable to return to the shelter until 7pm. During the day, he seeks refuge from the cold in the downtown public library and a local coffee shop. He feels alone and anonymous in a seemingly connected world. Weeks go by and the long days and sleepless nights begin to wear on him, and he becomes increasingly discouraged when he finds it almost impossible to find a job with the shelter as his address. But suddenly his circumstances change for the better and he finds himself adapting to a new home, new friends and looking forward to a future that he hopes will last.

Duration93 min
Directed by Clay Riley Hassler
Screenplay Clay Riley Hassler & Anna Fields
Director of Photography Clay Riley Hassler
Music Carlin Salmon
Edited by Josh Beasley, Clay Riley Hassler, Sam Smartt
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Clay Riley Hassler is an American screenwriter, director and cinematographer. He studied English literature along with theater and film acting at Asbury University. He studied film school at Florida State University, graduating with the successful short film The Planeteer (2010). He began in feature film with the Homeless (2015), which received positive reviews from film critics and festivals. He's also made award-winning commercials.