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Virtual Screening | Thursday, Sept. 23rd
Screening #1 at 4pm Pacific Time (7pm EST)
Screening #2 at 7pm Pacific Time (10pm EST)

UNSHELTERED is a scripted new media project inspired by true events that takes a harrowing look at the homeless crisis in Los Angeles.

The story is told through the eyes of those living on the streets of LA, where approximately 66,433 are currently unsheltered, and two tireless outreach workers who will do whatever it takes to support and house their clients living unsheltered. When a masked vigilante and an Army Veteran start to protect the community, the unsheltered are offered a new source of hope.

This event is free and open to the public. This one-time episode of Unsheltered will be streamed over Zoom with a running time of 63 minutes and contains adult themes.

Written as an original television pilot, Unsheltered was adapted for a virtual production with a cast of 20 actors filmed over Zoom and edited together using creative backgrounds, stock footage, graphic designs, and music, resulting in an engaging and poignant story about persons living unsheltered.

Unsheltered is a recipient of the Tilley Family Scholar Military & Veteran Family Wellbeing Grant. It was produced by the UCLA HEArts Program (Healing and Engagement Through the Arts) in collaboration with the DMH-UCLA Public Mental Health Partnership.

Directed by Emily Finkelstein
Written and Edited by Joseph Mango
Cast: Shaun Baker, Kyla Garcia, J.T. Arbogast, Eliud Kauffman, Vivia E. Armstrong, Brian Anthony Wilson, David Hunter, Jr., Miranda Wynne, Eric Pierpoint, Andrea Goldner, Amanda Dempsey, Charles Edwin Powell, Will Mueller, Drew Gardner, Jason Lesner, Lisa Christensen, Adam Oler, Sarah Isaacson

As part of this streaming event, you will have the opportunity to participate in a short anonymous survey for a UCLA Research Study to promote emotional wellbeing, compassion and reduce stigma of mental illness/homelessness and to help us measure the impact of “Unsheltered”. This survey is optional and no identifiable data will be collected. Click Here for more information about the research study.

Click Here for More Information about the Research Component


Unsheltered: A Scripted New Media Event

Joseph Mango, MFA and Bonnie Zima, MD, MPH, from the Semel Institute Center for Health Services and Society at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are conducting a research study.

You were selected as a possible participant in this study because you have elected to attend the video streaming of Unsheltered. You are eligible to participate if you are over the age of 18. Your participation in this research study is voluntary.

Why is this study being done?

This study will measure the stigma of persons living unsheltered. There is very little research that shows the correlation between the arts and persons living unsheltered. This study will address this knowledge gap–to assess change in perceived stigma around persons living unsheltered using a TV pilot about persons living unsheltered as well as a day in the life of two Los Angeles outreach workers.

What will happen if I take part in this research study?

If you volunteer to participate in this study, the researcher will ask you to do the following:

  • Take a short anonymous survey about the stigma around homelessness before and after the streaming that will be e-mailed to you upon registering for the streaming. The post-survey will be e-mailed to you following the streaming. The survey will ask basic demographics questions with no questions that will identify you. We will ask about your thoughts on persons living unsheltered and the stigma surrounding.

How long will I be in the research study?

Participation will take a total of approximately 2-3 minutes.

Are there any potential risks or discomforts that I can expect from this study?

  • The new media event revolves around characters who are living unsheltered in Los Angeles as well as characters living with a mental illness and you may feel empathy and sadness towards the characters and this may cause you to reflect on family members/friends who have experienced living unsheltered or are living with a mental illness or you may reflect upon your experience living with a mental illness if you have experienced/are experiencing a mental illness.

Are there any potential benefits if I participate?

The scripted new media event may offer an opportunity for audience members to gain greater empathy towards persons experiencing homelessness or living with a mental illness as well as Veterans experiencing homelessness and living with a mental illness. It may also promote self-reflection and improve a person’s sense of comfort to talk more freely about homelessness and mental illness.

What other choices do I have if I choose not to participate?

Participation in the survey is optional and you do not have to participate and can simply watch the streaming of the episode.

Will information about me and my participation be kept confidential?

No identifiable data will be collected, however any information that is obtained in connection with this study will remain confidential.

What are my rights if I take part in this study?

  • You can choose whether or not you want to be in this study, and you may withdraw your consent and discontinue participation at any time.
  • Whatever decision you make, there will be no penalty to you, and no loss of benefits to which you were otherwise entitled.
  • You may refuse to answer any questions that you do not want to answer and still remain in the study.

Will information about me and my participation be kept confidential?”

The researchers will do their best to make sure that your private information is kept confidential. Information about you will be handled as confidentially as possible, but participating in research may involve a loss of privacy and the potential for a breach in confidentiality. Study data will be physically and electronically secured.  As with any use of electronic means to store data, there is a risk of breach of data security. Your data, including de-identified data may be kept for use in future research.

Who can I contact if I have questions about this study?

  • The research team:
    If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the research, you can talk to the one of the researchers. Please contact:
    Joseph Mango, MFA
    10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 300 Los Angeles, CA 90024
  • UCLA Office of the Human Research Protection Program (OHRPP):
    If you have questions about your rights as a research subject, or you have concerns or suggestions and you want to talk to someone other than the researchers, you may contact the UCLA OHRPP by phone: (310) 206-2040;
    by email:
    or by mail: Box 951406, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1406.
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