Multi Award-Winning Documentary Acquiring a Connection with the American Homeless Premieres as part of the NYIIFVF, March 2, 2008

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Award-winning filmmaker and humanitarian Louell Crowley in association with Rodger James from Pennington Palm Productions today announced that their documentary film, "Acquiring a Connection With The American Homeless" will screen as part of the upcoming New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF). The inspirational documentary focuses on effective ways to help the homeless. The screening and afterparty will be hosted by model/actress Ellie Scully.

Award-winning filmmaker and humanitarian Louell Crowley in association with Rodger James from Pennington Palm Productions proudly announces that their documentary film, "Acquiring a Connection With The American Homeless" will screen as part of the upcoming New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF). The inspirational documentary focuses on effective ways to help the homeless and will play at the ImaginAsian Theater on March 1 at 8pm. The documentary has already won a Telly Award and two NYIIFVF Jury awards for Best Achievement in Filmmaking and Best Directorial Debut for Crowley.

Produced, written, directed and edited by Crowley and executive produced by Rodger James, "Acquiring a Connection With The American Homeless" documents the plight of homeless population in Houston, Texas. The film, which is part of a true reality series, is designed as an instructional video for people interested in learning how to help. Hosted by Judy Denton, viewers get an opportunity to learn from volunteers such as Nova Noah as well as Margo Montgomery from Crossroads, a foundation dedicated to providing services to promote the health, hygiene and dignity of homeless persons in SE Houston. By gathering new and used items and by considering the feelings of the homeless, an enormous difference can be made. The documentary contains poignant interviews with homeless citizens, in which they reveal their emotional state and describe the hardships they face on a daily basis. The film also includes a moving original theme song entitled "The Invisible People," which was written and performed by Minister Dwayne Daigle.

The catalyst for the documentary series stemmed from the shockingly high homeless rate in Houston where over 14,000 citizens are living on the streets. An ambitious Crowley took a crash course in all facets of filmmaking in order to create an effective medium to expose the serious issues that beleaguer the homeless, such as declining physical health, extreme hunger, lack of clean clothes and bedding, poor hygiene, rough sleeping conditions as well as depression and feelings of isolation and despair. Another big-picture objective of the series is to secure funding to build shelters and to change perceptions of the homeless, many of whom are perceived as drug addicted or mentally ill, but are just as often simply citizens who have fallen on hard times.

In a recent interview for IFQ Magazine Crowley commented, "I feel compelled to help others in need. Actions speak louder than words. Seeing so many homeless, I decided to be a blessing to someone each and every day. Homelessness and desolation go hand in hand. I can't describe the feeling I get from offering someone genuine help and hope." Crowley adds, "Through our reality TV series, I want to share my experiences the world, change lives, pass the hope around to all our homeless citizens and motivate fellow human beings to also lend their support."

The documentary was funded by Rodger James, author of three screenplays and two novels. According to Mr. James, "This endeavor has grown beyond our expectations. I am proud to be a part of it. The title 'INVISIBLE PEOPLE' received its name upon watching the homeless on our streets, standing on corners and walking down the sidewalks, never to be noticed. I would watch the drivers of the cars totally oblivious to those who are less fortunate. There are so many, that we have grown accustom to them. No one person, no one company can do it all. It will take "US" as a nation to help our own."

According to NYIIFVF's Founder/Executive Producer Stuart Alson, "I am honored to be screening Acquiring a Connection With The American Homeless in our festival. This is a very important and powerful film. Homelessness is a very serious issue in the US with many living on the streets here in New York city. I admire Louell's creative and hands on approach. The film contains engaging performances from the homeless cast and I hope it will impact and motivate people of all ages." Alson goes on to say, "Louell Crowley is a unique and passionate individual."

Screening Details
Location: City Cinemas Village East (12th street and 2nd ave)
Time/Date: March 2nd at 6pm
Running Time: 47minutes
Genre: True Reality Documentary
*Full rights available

For all interview requests, please contact publicity manager Briege McGarrity at 917 783-4042. For further information about Acquiring a Connection with the American Homeless, please contact Louell Crowley at (805) 742 4311 or visit http://www.penningtonpalmproductions.com.

ABOUT PENNINGTON PALM PRODUCTIONS: Formed in 2001 and now headquartered in Lompoc, CA, Pennington Palm Productions is co-owned by Louell Crowley and Rodger James. Pennington Palm Productions is actively pursuing the issue of homelessness. Through the medium of films, reality shows and the media, the goal at Pennington Palm Productions is to transmit their message worldwide and help every country with this problem, beginning with the US. They are currently shooting a reality series featuring the homeless population in Santa Barbara, CA.

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