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Community First, A Home for the Homeless – Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

February 12 @ 7:00 pm

Join The Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Wednesday, February 12th at 7:00 PM for a screening of Community First, A Home for the Homeless. This film is part of the 2019 – 2020 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Q & A with the Director Layton Blaylock will follow the screening.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

About the film:
Community First, A Home for the Homeless, is a documentary about Community First! Village which is a unique residential development that is transforming the lives of homeless people through the power of community. As explained by the founder Alan Graham, “It is specifically designed to lift the chronically homeless off the streets of the Austin area offering them a place to call home, helping them to heal from the ravages of life on the streets allowing them to rediscover a purpose in their lives.”

Community First! Village is not a homeless shelter. Everybody pays rent, there are no exceptions. Residents are given the opportunity to earn a dignified income working at the Village in a variety of areas such as the Genesis Gardens, the Community Cinema (a beautiful amphitheater built by Alamo Drafthouse), the Community Inn, or in the maintenance department. With open access to an “art house” and blacksmith shop, residents also have the opportunity to produce handmade goods that are sold in the Community Market. You’ll hear about the heartbreaking events that cause homelessness, and the heartwarming stories of being welcomed into a nurturing environment where dignity and self-worth are restored.


Official Trailer for “Community First, A Home for the Homeless” feature documentary. from layton blaylock on Vimeo.

Southern Circuit is the South’s only tour of filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film. Southern Circuit provides organizations with the opportunity to screen work from emerging filmmakers and some of the medium’s most respected directors.  The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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