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Directed by Matt Longmire

Seattle, Washington, United States 2013 89 mins.

VISITING ARTIST—Encountering panhandlers with their rumpled cardboard signs asking for help is an everyday occurrence in Seattle. Many are veterans, many have issues with mental illness, and most make between $10 and $60 a day. Matt Longmire was inspired to interview many of them to understand the corrugated trails that led to these street corners. What is their background? How do they survive? Seattle’s mayor, Mike McGinn, who made the highly controversial decision to veto the city’s ban on panhandling, offers political context balanced with countless other outlooks from Seattle’s citizens.

Genres: Documentary