About the Subjects

The Moms

Jean has been living in a weekly-rate motel with her husband and five kids for six months. They had jobs, a house and vehicles until she lost her job and had to live off their savings. She works full time at McDonalds, a job that does not pay enough to get them into more stable living. Her wishes are a home for her kids and a better job. 

LaQuisha is in a shelter for homeless families with her inquisitive young daughter. A single mom, LaQuisha stayed with her own mother until she and her daughter had to move out. 

The Tent City Organizer

Caleb is the organizer for a tent city, Camp Take Notice. He was a paramedic in his twenties but lost his job because of his depression. He was embarrassed and moved away from his friends and family, so that they would not see him in that condition.

The Policy Expert

Dr. Sam Tsemberis is the founder & CEO of Pathways to Housing, a leader in the “housing first” movement.This model works to get homeless people into housing immediately, and then helps them with medical, mental health or substance abuse problems once they’re housed.

Homeless Youth

Jamir is a young man living in Chicago. Despite being homeless since age 13, Jamir is a senior in high school, with his graduation day in sight.

The Veteran

Paul has been homeless off and on for 10 years. He grew up in an orphanage
for the first 10 years of his life — and he is an honorably discharged military veteran.

The Health Care Outreach Worker

Dr. Jim Withers goes out at night and makes “house calls” for people who are homeless, bringing his backpack full of medication and tools.

Laid Off and Evicted

Robert worked for a property management company for four years. It came with housing, so when he lost his job, he had 72 hours to get off the property, and he became homeless.


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About the Team

Susanne Suffredin is a filmmaker whose celebrated career spans nonfiction, narrative and commercial genres with a keen emphasis on long-form documentaries. Suffredin’s association with Kindling Group includes her most recent directorial effort @home – a moving, clear-eyed look at poverty and homelessness in America. Her prior work includes The Calling, a two-part series she co-produced and edited, and which aired as part of the PBS program Independent Lens; and Do No Harm, an account of whistler blowers challenging health care and insurance fraud which she co-produced and edited. An early collaborator with Kartemquin Films, Suffredin was post-production supervisor of the groundbreaking film Hoop Dreams – winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and Academy Award Nominee for Best Editing. Additional projects include the award-winning 5 Girls as editor and contributing producer; the Emmy nominated Higher Goals as co-editor; and assistance with several of Kartemquin’s seminal labor films, including The Last Pullman Car.

Danny Alpert, Producer

Danny Alpert is an award-winning producer, director, and leader in using media for change. As Executive Director of Kindling Group, his documentaries (@home, The Calling, Do No Harm, A Doula Story) have aired on HBO, PBS, and around the world, sparking engagement campaigns with enduring impact. As co-founder of See3 Communications, Alpert’s online media and campaigns for social causes have advanced the work of organizations like UNICEF, World Wildlife Fund, Planned Parenthood, American Cancer Society, and the Kellogg Foundation. The cross-pollination of Danny’s documentary and interactive work fuels innovation and his belief in the power media as a tool for change.

Matt Lauterbach, Co-editor

Matt Lauterbach has edited a rich variety of profiles, short documentaries, and other media for clients such as Kindling Group, See3 Communications, 371 Productions, Riveting Pictures, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival. WithKindling Group, Matt coordinated over 100 video profiles for the What's Your Calling?  transmedia project, which was awarded the Wilbur Award for Multimedia or Online Video, and co-edited the documentary @home with director Susanne Suffredin. Since then, he completed editing The Penelope Project, about a theater performance staged in collaboration with nursing home residents; as well as the short film Giorgio, about a Venetian street painter and showman. He is also an editor of American Arab, the latest release by Kartemquin Films, where he currently works as their Post Production Manager.

Tim Weidelman, Graphics

Tim Weidelman lives in Chicago and hangs out a bunch with his wife and cat. He eats a lot of pizza and watches soap operas. He's not incredibly handsome, clean, or good with children.

You can find out more about his work at www.tiny-cinema.com


Ines Sommer, Director of Photography

Ines Sommer is a Chicago-based documentary filmmaker who frequently collaborates with other filmmakers as a cinematographer. 

Ines' camera work has been featured in a wide range of projects, including a number of Kindling Group documentaries:  "A Doula Story: On the Frontlines of Teen Pregnancy", "The Calling,” and now "@home.” She also worked on several projects for Chicago's Kartemquin Films, including Maria Finitzo’s Peabody Award-winning “Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita,” Joanna Rudnick’s Emmy-nominated “In the Family," and Bill Siegel's "The Trials of Muhammad Ali."  Other recent credits include Mary Fishman's "A Band of Sisters", Ethan Bensinger's "Refuge: Stories of the Self-help Home,” and Pamela Sherrod Anderson's award-winning "The Curators of Dixon School,” which Ines shot and co-produced.

Ines' recent directing credits include the feature-length human rights documentary "Beneath the Blindfold,” which was named "Best Political Documentary of 2012" by the Chicago Reader's Ben Sachs. Besides making films, Ines has a longstanding interest in engaging audiences with independent cinema and has held positions as a film programmer and film festival director. 

Michael Hoffman, Co-Producer

Michael, CEO of See3 Communications, is a leading authority on online video for nonprofits and a long-time consultant to nonprofit leaders on online fundraising, advocacy and community engagement strategies. He started his career as a Washington-based political consultant and nonprofit fundraiser before joining a venture investment firm to develop Internet startups. Michael founded See3 to bring together his belief in the power of the web and his passion and experience with nonprofit fundraising, advocacy, and education. He is a frequent blogger and tweeter on nonprofit marketing and is an internationally sought-after speaker on topics such as online cause marketing, web video, and social media for social change.

Dawn Dewald, Chicago Outreach Coordinator

Dawn Dewald is the Outreach Coordinator for @home, a documentary that examines the invisible communities of people living without permanent housing. She is responsible for building community partnerships, promoting screening events, and bringing the film to audiences throughout the Greater Chicago Area.  

Her background in digital marketing includes email, loyalty, and social media marketing. Dawn has also worked as the Outreach Coordinator forThe Homestretch, and as an Associate Producer for Everything Is A Remix. Dawn is a co-founder of COMMON Hoops, a project that introduces youth to design and place-making through basketball.