Haymaker is a story about a homeless woman pursuing boxing as her way out of being in the streets. Although the movie depicts the early stages of her change, we are benefited with witnessing the juxtaposition of her status quo and the opportunity to start a new life.
Starring Rachel Lindsay. Directed by Alfonso Carrion. Copyright © 2012. All Rights Reserved.
Haymaker was based on themes of loss, perseverance, and isolation. I wanted to portray this emotion because it allegorizes the way we interact with homeless people. Usually, we always avoid them, don’t acknowledge them, and basically think that homeless people are social outcasts from society. Haymaker does that exact representation by only having one character in the movie. Everyone else in this person’s world is irrelevant because we’re seeing from the inside in on how this character is being treated. In other words, I focused on the effects of how the majority of society interacts with the homeless through the scenes of my character. Therefore, we get to see that homeless people aren’t all that different from us as they too have dreams and aspirations to become someone.
My hope for this film is to raise awareness for homeless people, as they are a community of people that have interests, hobbies, and passions just like any one of us. This movie gives us a chance to see the other side of them and hopefully the audience can find a connection with them on a more deeper and personal level.