Spare Change A virtual reality journey by Donnie Ocean
I spent eight years of my life as a homeless youth. It revealed to me the unsettling realities surrounding chronic homelessness. I was lucky enough to have escaped that loathsome lifestyle; though, I thought it would own me for forever. Today, I have a life of love, health, safety, and security. However, I have not been able escape the feelings still worn on faces of so many, those still lost and forgotten, wander the streets homeless.
I put part of myself into this film, pieces of my past that still creep up on me from time to time. I let my experience of the city's street-life guide me through this VR journey. I return to living in the alleys of LA to better understand the people who still live there and why they are there. The gentle folks who helped me put this story together are penniless angels who have no realistic way out of poverty’s grasp. Still, they are wonderfully kind people despite the heavy burdens they bare.
My goal with this piece is to link love and understanding to people of all varying social classes.
Thank you very much for taking the time to see my work.
Sincerely, Donnie Ocean Creative Director, Mean Cat Entertainment