Artful Journey of Life by Mary Anne Funk

Artful Journey of Life by Mary Anne Funk
Scene Select - Harry is hired to sketch pears.

November 2009
Location: 5th and Taylor in Portland, Oregon

Artful Journey of Life by Mary Anne Funk is an ethnographic documentary about how one impassioned street artist in Portland, Oregon used his art to overcome his addictions and homelessness. For Harry, his art is what has kept him alive and is his way out of the situation he’s in. After being on and off the streets for 25 years, Harry still has hope for something better.

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Artful Journey of Life by Mary Anne Funk is an ethnographic documentary focusing on one impassioned street artist in Portland, Oregon: the harsh reality of his past, the struggles he faces now and the continuous hopes he has for his future.

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Artful Journey of Life by Mary Anne Funk is an ethnographic documentary focusing on one impassioned street artist in Portland, Oregon: the harsh reality of his past, the struggles he faces now and the continuous hopes he has for his future.

For Harry, his art is what has kept him alive and is his way out of the situation he’s in. After being on and off the streets for 25 years, Harry still has hope for something better. He looks forward to the day he can get an apartment with a stove and his own bathroom. He makes no excuses for the circumstances of his choices and is honest and open about the mistakes he has made. As Harry's story unfolds, we see a transformation in the way he talks, the way he carries himself, and the way he connects with others around him. In the year I spent with Harry, I saw a man who went from feeling like he had nothing to offer in this world to a man who knew his life had value. He continues to struggle with his past demons, and at times is overwhelmed by where is life is going, but the fear of being back where we was drives him to continue down this positive path he as created with the help of his art and the support of his community.

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