How did you come to make this film?
I made political documentaries for a while and then I had children. After you have children you start to see the world through their eyes. I saw a statistic that one in fifty children in America experience homelessness. And that seemed so shocking. One in fifty kids? I wanted to meet some of them.
What drew you to Orange County?
People know Orange County for its billion dollar surf and skate industry, and they think of it as being cool and sexy, like we see it on TV in shows like the "OC." But I wanted to show a different side of Orange County -- the working poor who don't have a place to sleep tonight. I thought it was important for people to see the other side of the Orange County.
These are people we don't normally see on TV.
What people don't realize is that the recession made a lot more people homeless in America. This film could have been made in any zip code in America. Homeless is no longer what you thought it was. It's not a mentally-ill drug addicted hobo begging for change on the street corner. It's the people working at Wal-Mart, Disneyland, Home Depot- working at minimum wage jobs all across America.
You shot in different motels in Orange County where the homeless live. What did you discover in these communities?
Most people don't even realize how many homeless families there are living in Orange County. There is a foundation called The Illumination Foundation that deals with placing families in these motels. And there is a special school called The Hope School that is just for homeless children. So, if the kids move from their motel to a shelter or to their car, they still have a place to go to school.