“Community Starts at Home,” a short documentary produced for AmeriCorps about their current Rebuilding Together efforts in Philadelphia, was selected to play at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival as one of their official 2014 selections.
With the help of AmeriCorps volunteers, low-income homeowners see even the smallest improvements as life changing occurrences for their daily lives. Adding a playground to a neighborhood, supplying new appliances, and fixing a leaking roof are all physical fixes. However, the labors of love overflow to open conversations and unite neighbors in otherwise closed off communities. The film dives into the heart of these volunteers and draws on the experiences of the locals in the “City of Brotherly Love.” The economy may have rusted out beneath these residents but their souls have stayed strong.
“Community Starts at Home” is the first in a series following the Rebuilding Together work. Soon to follow will be renovations and volunteer work done in Pittsburgh.
SightSense Productions is proud to be able to put the work of AmeriCorps on display in one of the many cities where their impact is greatly felt. The film was featured during the festival’s “Made in Pennsylvania” section. The fourth annual festival was held in June at the Father Ryan Arts Center’s Baverso Theater.