(PRWEB) February 8, 2003
In an effort to better educate the general public on the homeless issue, a local film company has begun work on a film short entitled; ÂTurkey Day.Â
ÂHomelessness is a very important issue for me because I have been homeless,Â says the filmÂs director and producer, Louie Cowan. ÂI want people to realize how important it is to make a commitment to caring for the needy that goes beyond making a one time donation.Â
ÂTurkey DayÂ is a satire on giving whose plot focuses on a gift of a frozen turkey given to a homeless man and the situations and mishaps that occur because of this well-intentioned, but misguided, act. While the film encourages people to be charitable, Mr. Cowan believes that an individual should think before giving, so that the gift means more to those who receive it. ÂWhatÂs really sad about a lot of the charity given the homeless,Â he explains, Âis that while the giving comes from the heart, people often donÂt know what it is the homeless truly need. The result is a wasted good intention. This film is aimed at getting people to think before they give.Â
The cast and crew have been assembled from as far away as Denver, Colorado. While the level of acting and technical experience varies within the group, everyone associated with the project share one thing in common: each person is working for free. ÂTurkey DayÂ is completely a volunteer effort. All time and effort is being given to the project so that the film itself can be considered a charitable donation. Plans are tentatively being made to have the cast volunteer at a local homeless shelter, and the filmÂs future use will be as a fund raising vehicle for any homeless organization.
CowanÂs film company, Red Key Productions, is part of a local film group known as the Convergent Collective. This association of film actors, directors, and technicians hope to produce a series of issue related films in the coming months. ÂTurkey DayÂ is the first effort by this group. Cowan himself is very optimistic about the future of Turkey Day. ÂYeah, this project is taking a lot out of my pocket,Â he says with a slight grin, Âbut it is all worth it. If we can get this film distributed and in the hands of the right people, there is no telling how much benefit will come from it. ItÂll give the homeless issue the kind of exposure that is badly needed in our society.Â
Additional information about ÂTurkey DayÂ can be found on the Red Key Productions website: http://www.redkeyproductions.com
Production stills are available at http://www.americanfilmcompany.com/turkey0.htm