Walk down any block suffering from economical distress and you’ll find reoccurring themes of addiction, violence, and neglect. For us, there are two options: Move far away and pretend it doesn’t exist or move in close and be apart of the change. We have decided to move in close. Neighborhood Film Company (NFCo) is a for-profit social enterprise that implements men and women recovering from homelessness and addiction into a high-end film/video production company.
NFCo embeds itself in communities of need, literally. We don’t believe in commuting. In order to be a safe hub of creativity our production facility shares the same streets as those we work alongside. To us, moving in close means knitting our lives to our neighbors. We share both hardship and victory in order to empower creative commerce in a marginalized community. By teaching marketable skills in film production we encourage individuals to dream outside the confines of their condition and develop skills that lead to qualified employment and opportunity.
Simultaneously our clients demand the highest quality of content in a world flooded with innovative media. Whether corporate or non-profit, they also seek to be leaders in social advocacy. Our model marries these two objectives, delivering exceptional production services while also enabling clients to be strong social agents. They are engaged in our collaborative design and appreciate the value derived from the process. No longer does a client simply pass a check for a product but now also engages in a life-changing effort.
The Story Behind the Story
It all started with a couple of Coor’s, a crazy nun, and the husband of a poet we loved. Ricky was scared Jesus was going to come back and embarrass him for his self-made success while Anders barely scraped a living not knowing what to do with his free time. We both felt we could do more and Sister Mary Scullion was encouraging us to do so.
Sister Mary’s head is always in the concrete clouds where her reality functions at the same level that other’s can only dream. She, a maker-of-things-happen, strapped our baggage to the back of a pack-horse stallion named Will O’brien. Fast-forward a year: Ricky quit his dream job, Anders grew up, and we moved into a respite house at Project H.O.M.E. where we hope above all else to grow closer to the one who created the universe.
We wake up early every morning. Pray. Then do the work we have for the day. We stop frequently for interruptions and for needs of the people around us. But we’re learning, more than anything, that our work is never really interrupted, rather our work is interruption. (*Don’t worry… your project will always get done on time).