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by Mike Majoros and Jim Kaufman
color, 48 min, 1989
Peter, Donald, Willie, Pat is a portrait of four homeless men who live in a shelter in Boston. The tape follows them through their routine at the shelter, and documents their lives on the streets. Peter is an ex-hippie who collects trash to sell at flea markets. Donald served ten years at Leavenworth on a bank robbery charge. Pat was sexually abused as a child, and has been in and out of foster homes for the last thirteen years. Willie came to the shelter to recover because he lost six of his fingers after spending the night in a snowbank. The film reveals the complexity and diversity of these men's lives; how in some ways they have been victims, yet in other cases they have succeeded in exploiting the "system." The film is not judgmental. It simply shows how these four men have become members of a new class of survivors.
Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
New England Film Festival, Outstanding Social Documentary
Athens Intn'l Film Festival, First Place