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Fourth Street Film Festival looks to start a conversation about homelessness

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Fourth Street Film Festival takes place at Breviews on August 8, 2019 (Photo: Fourth Street Clinic)

As someone who has lived in downtown Salt Lake City for 15 years, homelessness has become an increasingly important issue to me. I want to help, but I don’t even know where to begin.

On August 8, the Fourth Street Clinic is hosting an evening of short films and panel discussions at Brewvies Cinema Pub. The night offers an opportunity to hear from professionals and members of our community as they discuss what can and needs to be done to address the needs of our homeless population,

James Jarrard, Development and Communications Manager at Fourth Street Clinic, says, “This is the third year that we've done this film festival and we're holding it at Brewvies Cinema Pub. Basically, it's an evening with three segments of short films and panel discussions on different topics surrounding homelessness.”

The first segment is about mobile healthcare and the homeless resource centers that are soon to open and will be followed by a panel with Kathy Bray, CEO of Volunteers of America, Matt Melville, Director of Homeless Services at Catholic Community Services of Utah and Laura Michalski, CEO of the Fourth Street Clinic.

“They'’ll be talking a lot about how the homeless resource centers are going to be operating and how our mobile healthcare clinic ties into that,” Jarrard says.

The second portion is about women in homelessness and the unique challenges that they face living on the street. There will be a short drama film followed by a panel that will include a woman’s health provider at Fourth Street Clinic and two women who are formerly homeless.

Jarrard explains, “The third segment is going to be about homelessness in the media and how the media portrays individuals who are experiencing homelessness and how the community at large kind of response to that.”

There will be a montage of clips of news stories and a panel discussions that will include Lois M. Collins, Deseret News, former KUTV reporter Rod Decker and a woman who's formerly homeless but now is working with Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall.

“They'll be talking about how we can, as a community respond to the homeless and how we can be a better advocate for that population.”

While the event is a fundraiser that goes directly to the Fourth Street Clinic, Jarrad says it isn’t all about money.

“The main purpose of the event is for education and awareness. By exploring different topics of homelessness in different populations within the homeless community, we can start to create a dialogue for people who may not even be aware of certain issues that the homeless community face. Create a dialogue and get people aware of all of the different complexities that face individuals who are homeless.”

Thursday, August 8, 2019, the Fourth Street Clinic is hosting its third film festival and panel discussion at Brewvies Cinema Pub. Ticket price is $35 in advance, $40 the day of the event. Proceeds benefit nonprofit community health center Fourth Street Clinic. Ticket price includes dinner and a cocktail. Ticket holders must be over the age of 21

Tickets can be purchased HERE. For more information visit the Fourth Street Clinic website.