Short film on homeless shot in Roswell

Shows strain of families coping

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ROSWELL, Ga. – The newest film to be shot in North Fulton isn’t a big-budget Hollywood epic or a fast-paced television series. Instead, it’s a short film about families coping with homelessness.

Titled “Boxes,” the film is the latest from Mike Buchanan, creator of “The Fat Boy Chronicles,” and producer Scott Seeke, writer of the feature film “Get Low.”

They shot the 15-minute film during the weekend of March 9 and 10 in Roswell and Hapeville.

“We wanted to look at homelessness through the eyes of parents who have lost their sense of family,” said Seeke, who is also pastor of The River Church on South Main Street in Alpharetta.

The story developed out of the Grimm’s fairy tale “The old man and his grandson.” Uncle Robbie is down on his luck. His brother and sister-in-law are hesitant to help, until they learn a powerful lesson from their own two sons.

“It’s a way to highlight homelessness from a slightly different angle,” Seeke said. “Everybody comes from somewhere and we want to get people thinking about [homelessness].”

The story is fiction, but Seeke said it can sometimes be more powerful than reality.

“We think fiction can get people thinking. It can bring out the truths of a story you can’t get from a documentary.”

Through the short film, Seeke said he hopes to raise awareness of the issue and help local causes that deal with homelessness.

“The vision for ‘Boxes’ is to show it for fundraisers for groups who work with the homeless,” he said.

The film features a cast of five and a crew of 15. All the actors were professional actors. The equipment used to film it was the same kind used to film “The Hobbit,” Seeke said.

“This is not a couple guys in their basement,” Seeke said. “This is a top-notch production.”

Post-production will take a few months, but Seeke hopes to submit it to several of the major film festivals.

The previous feature film by Buchanan and Director Jason Winn, “The Fat Boy Chronicles,” was released to much acclaim. It told a story inspired by a large boy dealing with his weight and the bullying it causes. It climbed to become the sixth most rented family movie in Redbox and has been viewed over a million times on Netflix.

For more on the North Fulton-based team, Tin Roof Films, visit them online at www.tinrooffilms.com.