Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Park Church (208 W. Gray Street, Elmira) – Beecher Hall
Please enter through the parking lot door on the west side of the church between Gray & Church Street.
Park Church Meaningful Movies and Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler invite you to screen the following movie followed by a discussion. Catholic Charities’ Staff will be able to speak to foreclosures locally, zombie houses, impact on neighborhoods, the importance of homeownership as a wealth/asset building way to address poverty, etc.
Movie Description: In this timely thriller, charismatic and ruthless businessman, Rick Carver (Academy nominee Michael Shannon), is making a killing by repossessing homes – gaming the real estate market, Wall Street banks and the US government. When he evicts Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield), a single father trying to care for his mother (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and young son (newcomer Noah Lomax), Nash becomes so desperate to provide for his family that he goes to work for Carver – the very man who evicted him in the first place. Carver promises Nash a way to regain his home and earn security for his family but slyly seduces him into a lifestyle of wealth and glamour. It is a deal-with-the-devil that comes with an increasingly high cost – on Carver’s orders, Nash must evict families from their homes. As Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined.
- 43 million people live in poverty in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015).
- The number of people in poverty in the United States is larger than the populations of Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, and Nebraska…combined.
- 2.5 million people in the U.S. work full-time, year-round, and are still living in poverty (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015).
- In every state, for every 100 “extremely low-income” households, there are less than 31 units of available & affordable rental housing.
Join us for this film and the discussion to follow! You can also listen online to local people and hear their stories of overcoming poverty: visit our Voices of Poverty page and join our “I Will Listen” Action Team today!