ABOUT THIS FILM
As a child, this woman used to leave her family’s Thanksgiving dinner to volunteer in a soup kitchen. Today she channels San Francisco’s spirit of innovation to help the city’s homeless by giving them tools to navigate the housing market.
ABOUT THE FILM SERIES
The measure of a city is determined by how we treat our most vulnerable neighbors. Embarrassed, frustrated and determined, San Franciscans redefine their city by taking on the homelessness crisis with the trademarks of the SF culture: innovation and activism. Along the way, they also redefine what we mean by getting “street smart”.
ABOUT THE NAVIGATION CENTER
The Navigation Center is a one-stop complex, the first of its kind in the nation, where guests can sleep while they are routed into housing, rehabilitation, employment and other services crucial to keeping people off the streets. The center also documents the stories of folks staying at the Navigation Center, demystifying homelessness in the city of San Francisco. Support: give2sf.org/mayors-fund-homeless
ABOUT JULIE LEADBETTER
As Director of the San Francisco Navigation Center, Julie’s charged with making “the system” work for the people who need it the most. A persistent advocate, she’s driven by the belief that most problems can be solved with a healthy dose of skepticism, a willingness to be creative, and a patient commitment to each other. In just one year, together with the incredible team at the Navigation Center, Julie has helped over 150 people to move off the streets into permanent, affordable housing.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Micro-Documentaries is a Bay Area-based film production company that creates short, cinematic, thought provoking films that shed light on complex modern issues and inspire their audiences to engage. Founded in 2009, Micro-Documentaries has created thousands of short films that helped advance the humanitarian missions social and environmental pioneers in more than 30 countries. Purposeful businesses and nonprofits like the Bono’s [RED], eBay’s Social Innovation team and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital count on Micro-Documentaries to engage their audiences in a way that is authentic, affordable and actionable. micro-documentaries.com
MASHA KARPOUKHINA DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY JD LAFLEUR DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ERIC FOINQUINOS & ALEX TURANOV MUSIC MASHA KARPOUKHINA EDITOR JD LAFLEUR EDITOR CLAIRE RATINON CREATIVE PRODUCER PREETI MANKAR DEB SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTIONS KIRAN GOLDMAN JULIN DIRECTOR OF FIELD & POST PRODUCTION JACQUELINE COLAVOLPE PRODUCTION MANAGER AUORA AHSAN PRODUCTION MANAGER TODD SCHULTE GRAPHIC DESIGN ANDREW TOLVE CONTENT STRATEGY YULU PR DISTRIBUTION BETH WICKERSON WEB DEVELOPMENT AUORA AHSAN MEDIA MANAGEMENT SUSAN NELSON, ALICIA ANDERSON & ALEXANDER BESHER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PAMELA SIMPSON ACCOUNTING THERESA GONZALES ACCOUNTING CAROLE-LYNN GLASS FINANCE, HR & OPERATIONS ANDRE KARPOV CUNNINGHAM PLACE MURAL DESIGN ANDRE KARPOV, JUBAL STEDMAN & CAREY LAMPRECHT MURAL PAINTING 2006
DIRECTED BY NATASHA DEGANELLO GIRAUDIE