Filmmaker Holds Tarp Drives To Help Homeless and Bring Awareness for Film

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Filmmaker, Michael Stein, holds tarp drives around the country to help homeless.

The film is called The Guitar Player and is about a homeless street performer who gets a second chance in life but struggles with his painful past. It seems only fitting that an independent film benefitting the homeless about a homeless person who sleeps under a tarp would be the focal point of a nationwide tarp drive, where thousands of tarps will be given out to homeless people living on the streets.

The writer and director of the film has decided to bring awareness to his project as well as the subject matter by giving out tarps across America at homeless shelters in colder climate. According to Stein, the tarps are a simple necessity to prevent people living on the street from getting hypothermia. The tarp drives will be held in several major cities until the end of 2011.
Stein says, “The tarps are simple but necessary tool for people living out on the streets. The tarps are waterproof which can prevent people from getting hypothermia.”

Michael Stein is an American writer, director and actor born in Encino, California. After studying psychology and business at high school and majoring in theatre at California, he began appearing in theatres in Los Angeles as a comedian. He also became extremely well known as a leading promoter of nightclubs for the young Hollywood crowd.

At the age of twenty one he started organizing and promoting movie premieres which enabled him to start studying his dream of acting under an acting coach.

After a couple of small roles on TV movies, he was finally cast in the lead role in 1988 of Dirk Diggler, in an original short story by the future director of Magnolia and There will be blood. Nine years later the short was developed into Boogie Nights which he also had a part in.

This inspired him to become a full time production Assistant so that he could learn to become a film director. He worked with several big name producers on films, commercials and music videos before finally writing, producing and directing his first short film, Rituals and Resolutions.

The film was well received and won several festival awards before being picked up and distributed by HBO. Despite this success, the funding for further projects remained elusive due to production development problems, and so Michael set up his own company in order to finance his next full length feature film. He also continued acting in films, but after only six months the turnover was in seven figures and his film Love, Hollywood style was able to begin development. The film starred Faye Dunaway and was released in 2006 to great success.

His film, The Guitar Player is also being funded by the public in conjunction with Kick Starter. For more information about The Guitar Player or the nationwide tarp drives, please go to:


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