Reynolds Media Lab and Our Town Reno host second showing of documentary on homeless youth in Reno
College is hard enough for most students. For homeless University of Nevada, Reno student, Corey Mcdowell, it was considerably harder.
Invisible Girl is a collaborative documentary project between Our Town Reno and the Reynolds Media Lab. The film follows McDowell as she tells her story of living on the streets of Reno while also taking classes. The film will be shown at Little Flower Church on Feb. 2, followed by an open panel and discussion on homelessness and poverty issues in the Reno community.
Filmmaker Nico Colombant, a digital media instructor and Our Town Reno coordinator, says he hopes the documentary will continue to start dialogues about homelessness issues in the community.
“A social documentary like this one tries to tell stories and portray realities of an often ignored but important subject… So the more people see it in community settings where they share ideas, the more it can have a positive impact for building awareness and perhaps even helping create a better community for all of us,” Colombant says.
The first showing was last October, to a packed house at The Potentialist Workshop.
“It was standing room only,” Colombant says. “People were sitting in the aisles, sitting right underneath the screen and they were really focused on the film.”
Afterward, the filmmaker and subjects of the film, including Mcdowell opened the floor for a forum discussion on homelessness in Reno. Colombant said people responded positively to the film and several other groups asked to show the film as part of their own events.