The title of Ron Garret’s documentary – But for the Grace of God? – is something most of us can relate to when it comes to the homeless. Walking past a disenfranchised person at a coffee shop, on the street, or elsewhere can easily bring to mind thoughts of how quickly unfortunate financial circumstances could lead to a similar fate.
Premiering Friday April 15th as the closing night gala of the Oakland International Film Festival, Garret’s film is all about what happened after he encountered a homeless person on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. His attempts to help the individual eventually blossomed into a three-year chronicle of three different homeless people.
One of Garret’s three subjects, Michael, is a psychology graduate who once had his own practice. The first-time director will participate in a post-screeing Q&A at the historic Art Deco Theatre in Alameda.