A powerful documentary on the problem of youth homelessness was debuted recently in Southern California. An event hosted by Epiq Entertainment, Inc. and Ch-Ch-Change 4 Change took place at the Mozambique Restaurant in Laguna Beach, California on October 19, 2017. The gala evening event, which included dinner and a screening of the Lost in America documentary film, was co-sponsored by Eden’s Ethnos, an industry-leading ethnobotanical retail and distribution operation founded by entrepreneur and advocate Sebastian Guthery.
Lost in America was written and directed by documentary filmmaker Rotimi Rainwater. The director, formerly a young homeless person, traveled across the country to shed light on the growing homelessness epidemic facing our nation’s youth. The film project was backed by a number of influential entertainers and politicians, including former U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston, actresses Halle Berry and Rosario Dawson, producer Russell Simmons, and musician Jon Bon Jovi. The goal of the film production was to raise awareness of the homeless epidemic as well as to spur funding and support for humanitarian programs, specifically homeless youth programs on the state and federal levels.
The Mozambique Restaurant was the perfect venue for the event; the South African-themed restaurant drew entertainers, activists, and VIPs from across the Southern California region. In lieu of issuing tickets to the gala event, the event hosts asked attendees to donate their own desired amount for entrance. This fundraising effort was joined by a silent auction and the sale of a David Bowie-inspired art piece by local artist LeSandre Morris. A portion of the proceeds from the event, the art sale, and the silent auction were earmarked for donation to Southern California homeless shelters and programs.
The event was live-streamed on the Epiq Entertainment website. Professional videographers and photographers were in attendance, helping to capture unique moments with celebrities and event guests. These efforts have already paid off in raised awareness for homeless needs; many of the event attendees have lent their support to furthering public education as well as to provide funding for shelters, youth hostels, and community-oriented health centers that cater specifically to the homeless population.