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Genre

Dramedy

DURATION

15.00 mins

AUDIENCE

All audiences

THEMES

Homelessness, Poverty, Mental Health, the Myth of the American dream.

“A BUS TO THE STARS” is a short film that raises awareness of the humanity of Homeless People with a heartfelt story and a language that is accessible to families and younger audiences.

SYNOPSIS: Gilda, Nelly, and Bepop are three homeless friends whose lives revolve around a bus stop they call home. Every day, they wake up to the same routine: performing small tasks to survive and attempting to connect with the transient people who pass by. This bus stop, a microcosm of their world, provides them with a sense of security and stability they have grown to depend on. Their monotonous existence takes an unexpected turn when Hawk, an older homeless man with a reputation for tall tales, introduces them to “the bus to the stars,” a vehicle that transports its passengers to the “City of Angels,” the place where dreams can come true. The news ignites a spark of hope and curiosity within Gilda, Nelly, and Bepop, challenging their acceptance of their current reality. Driven by the desire to escape their daily struggles and seek a brighter future, they begin to dream of the City of Angels. This newfound hope disrupts their routines and sets them on a quest to change their destiny. Will Gilda, Nelly, and Bepop find the elusive bus to the stars, reach the City of Angels, and make their dreams come true?

The 2024 Homeless Count released by Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) estimated that over 75,000 people are experiencing homelessness in LA County. People experience homelessness for many different reasons. They include, poverty, lack of affordable housing, stagnant income, employment discrimination, substance abuse, mental health challenges, LGBTQ kids who are rejected by family, domestic violence, lack of familial ties, and kids who age out of foster care.

Homelessness is a topic rarely depicted in film and often ignored by the media, yet it is growing under our eyes every day and deserves our attention. A BUS TO THE STARS raises awareness of the issue with a heartfelt story and a language accessible to both adult and young audiences. 

I wrote this script after volunteering in homeless shelters and after meeting the real Gilda, Nelly, and Bepop at a bus stop on Sunset boulevard. It’s based on true stories that the homeless I met shared with me. I combined their narratives into a simple fiction that uses comedy and a hint of fantasy to depict the tragedy of homelessness. It’s almost like a tale about homelessness and I chose to use this language because it is accessible to all audiences, relatable, and empathetic. The film will intercut fiction and real documentary footage taken on the streets. My aim with this film is to show people the human side of homelessness and inspire action for change.  

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IMAGINE YOU ARE HOMELESS.

How would you want to be treated? When you are homeless, you need shelter and something to carry your belongings. With this, came invention: a backpack with storage that rolls out into an all-weather protected Bed. Backpack Bed for Homeless (Swags for Homeless Ltd.) was established in Melbourne in 2007. Founder Tony Clark and his wife Lisa designed the life-saving Sleeping Bag Hypothermia Pack and the Backpack Bed® (emergency swag) to give dignity to homeless people without shelter.

For this project, we have partnered with Backpack Bed for Homeless and 10% of the funds raised will go towards the purchase of Backpack Beds® for the homeless living on the street in Los Angeles. 

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COXY – Writer, Director, E.P. Coxy was born in Italy and raised between Milan and Paris. Her enduring love and passion for the art of cinema ignited during her childhood after watching Federico Fellini’s movies.  Coxy started her career in the fashion industry, crafting her creative talents for renowned luxury brands like Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Gianfranco Ferré, Roberto Cavalli, and more. Here, she designed fashion collections, and directed captivating video productions, ad campaigns, and fashion films. In 2013, Coxy embarked on an audacious journey to Los Angeles, resolute in her pursuit of her lifelong dream. She breached the doors of the film industry through the Costume department, rapidly ascending as a visionary Costume Designer. Coxy has created costumes for features, television, short films, commercials, and music videos. She’s currently receiving high praises from 20th Century Television, Gotham Group, and Hulu for her fantastic design work on the upcoming series WASHINGTON BLACK (2024). Simultaneously, Coxy ventured into writing, and directing short films with her sights firmly set on her forthcoming feature debut. Coxy’s creative talent has earned her global recognition, with her work featured in renowned publications such as Vogue, Marie Claire, and L’Officiel. Her impact extended to the “The New Vocabulary of Italian Fashion” exhibition at the Triennale Museum of Design in Milan, solidifying her legacy in the fashion world. Her films have also illuminated international film festivals, garnering accolades and recognition. Coxy’s current home base is in Los Angeles, but her adventurous spirit and passion for travel consistently lead her across the globe to engage in fresh projects and discover untold narratives.

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From the A BUS TO THE STARS team

THANK YOU!!

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Rick Worthy (Associate Producer) ● Christopher Canullo ● Ellen Goldsmith-Vein ● D.J. Goldberg ● Rob Seidenglanz ● Ethan Hull ● Janet Lee ● Marina Rocco ● Sébastien Régimbald ● Eddie Williams ● Luisa Ajello (associate producer) ● Luca Cianchetta ● Regan Moore

THANK YOU TO:

Enrica Ajello ● Giancarlo Rodoni ● Cindy Choi ● Carrie Spencer ● Charlotte Gavaris ● Sammi Rotibi ● Ernest Kingsley Jr. ● Marco Vaccarezza ● Alvaro Valente ● Simone Sello ● Elaine McKay ● Gabriel Beristain ● Manuela Calistri ● Courtney Allen ● Landen Moore ● Andrew Sutherland ● Maria Scenna ● Luca Severi ● Ivan Olita ● Simon Kassianides ● Alice Braccini ● Valentina Socci ● Martyna Dubensky ● Stefania Spampinato ● Martha J Nieto ● Gioia Libardoni ● Brianna Murphy ● Rachael Grant ● Gareth Taylor ● Michael Monks ● Heather Jenkins ● Giulia Marletta ● Mark Pintar ● Geoffrey Mallard ● Amanda Khan ● Angel Oquendo ● Tyrone Giordano ● Abby Victor ● Hayden Sullivan ● Marta Gastini ● Vittorio Carotenuto ● Andrew Conrad ● Matthieu Aquino ● Marco Mavilla ● Brigitta and Christian Hoeferle ● Amanda Buchanan Moorhead ● Ara Agnerian ● Massimo Geraci ● Marco Stangalino ● Iskra Sguera ● Adriana Rodriguez ●