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Lost Angels – Danny Harris – Clip 1

Former Olympian and Silver Medalist Danny Harris, a Southern California Track & Field national champion, shares how he found himself of LA’s Skid Row as a result of his drug addiction.

Lost Angels – Albert 'Bam Bam' Olsen – Clip 2
Mental health issues brought Albert "Bam Bam" Olsen, a "transgender punky ex-New Yorker" to Skid Row. "We don't need more jails; we need more mental institutions and doctors. We need more understanding." During the course of the film, he moves off the streets into an apartment.
Lost Angels - Mollie Lowrey, Lamp founder and Lamp client, Bam Bam - Clip 3
Mollie Lowrey, the Founder and former Director of Lamp Community in downtown Los Angeles, explains how the growth of the homeless population was created in large part by the closure of mental institutions.

"In many ways its (Skid Row) an open asylum for the mentally ill…LA County Twin Towers jail is the largest mental institution in the United States because we no longer hospitalize our mentally ill, we criminalize them for their behavior on the streets."
Lost Angels - Linda Harris - Clip 4
Linda Harris has neurofibromitosis where tumors grow in and around her central nervous system. She's lost her breasts to cancer and battles depression. She came down to Skid Row in 2002 and explains how she found a welcoming family at Lamp Community.
Lost Angels – Kevin "K.K." Cohen – Clip 5
K.K. was homeless for 14 years by choice. With the help of Lamp Community, he came off the streets and he’s since become Lee Anne’s protector and a compassionate soul within the Skid Row community.
Lost Angels – LeeAnne 'The Cat Lady' Leven – Clip 6
Lee Anne 'The Cat Lady' Leven pushes a grocery cart filled with cat food feeding the homeless cats in downtown LA. When she got to Skid Row she was most concerned that there was no clean water for the cats and birds.
Lost Angels - Terri 'Detroit' Hughes - Clip 7
Terri 'Detroit' Hughes describes her struggle with mental illness and the impact it has had on her personal life turning her to a crack cocaine addiction landing her in Skid Row.
Lost Angels - On Gentrification and Homelessness - Clip 8
Becky Denison (LACAN), Kevin Michael (UCEPP), and Alice Callaghan (Las Familias del Pueblo) explain the impact gentrification has on the people of Skid Row.
Lost Angels - LA's Safer Cities Initiative - Clip 9
General Dogon, Becky Denison (LACAN), Gary Blasi (Professor of Law, UCLA), and Redd question LA's Safer Cities Initiative, implemented by Chief William Bratton, because it criminalizes the marginal communities rather than providing them with any treatment of aid. The Initiative was implemented in 2006, mirroring NYC's Broken Windows strategy.

Narrated by Catherine Keener, LOST ANGELS: SKID ROW IS MY HOME takes an uncompromising yet life-affirming look at the lives of eight remarkable individuals who have found a way to make a life for themselves within the community of homelessness in downtown Los Angeles. The award-winning documentary highlights the community services provided by Lamp Community, LACAN (Los Angeles Community Action Network) and The Midnight Mission and is directed by Thomas Napper.

Exclusive engagement starts 12/7 at the ArcLight Hollywood. More details at and

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The People

...puts a human face on these so readily dismissed individuals that inhabit the Skid Row area...

The Film

Although its stated purpose is to reduce crime in the area, for many the program is nothing more than officially sanctioned class warfare.

The Filmmakers

Sometimes you just know when something's not right. You see it, or hear it, and you know instinctively there's something missing.


LOST ANGELS - skid row is my home


"Humanistic portrait of Los Angeles' Skid Row"

Narrated by Catherine Keener, LOST ANGELS: SKID ROW IS MY HOME takes an uncompromising yet life-affirming look at the lives of eight remarkable individuals--people who have found a way to make a life for themselves within the community of homelessness. The film shows how their descent into society’s basement has been exacerbated by the forces of gentrification and the increasing criminalization of homeless people, while exposing the draconian changes to the mental health care system that have brought us here.

With the support of a vast array of advocates, especially the services of Lamp Community, the mission featured in the Jamie Foxx/ Robert Downey Jr. film, THE SOLOIST, many residents of Skid Row have found a way to stick together and fight back.

Directed by Thomas Napper, LOST ANGELS demonstrates how proactive approaches to homelessness–most specifically that of providing housing–are helping many to recover from mental illness and substance abuse and to find stability. For many, Skid Row is, perhaps improbably, the last place to find refuge and build a life of meaning…proving that sometimes home is where the help is.

Coming soon to select theaters.



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