Last year I was hired to film a short documentary series that quickly became the most meaningful project I've ever worked on in my professional career to-date. That project was The Arc of Northern Virginia's Housing Choice Voucher web series.
I first became familiar with The Arc during my time filming the Wings for All program, which is a simulated commercial flight experience so individuals with disabilities may learn and practice what it's like to navigate an airport, get screened by TSA, and board a real aircraft.
After my work on several Wings for All events, The Arc of Northern Virginia tapped me for a new video project - a documentary web series portion of a grant in partnership with the Virginia Housing Development Agency and Virginia Housing and Supportive Services. Each short film educates viewers about the Housing Choice Voucher option offered in Virginia.
Housing Choice Vouchers give individuals with disabilities affordable access to independant housing, which increases quality of life and satisfaction over other housing options, such as group homes. This allows other sources of income, such as Medicaid waivers, to go further in paying for other necessary services such as in-home caregivers.
Filming the series took place over the course of several months, in various locations across the Northern Virginia region. Filming this series introduced me to many vibrant people with incredible stories, and all do great work in the local, state, and even national community, which you'll see in the series itself. This series was truly and incredible experience to work on, and even though it was definitely the most challenging project I've taken on to-date (this series required an immense amount of post-production; each interview was about 1.5 - 2hrs long), this documentary series is by far the most meaningful project I have ever completed - I am truly proud to have been a part of it in cooperation with The Arc, and I truly look forward to more projects similar to this one.
Before we get into the series itself, I'd like to share some useful links which will help you learn more information about Housing Choice Vouchers in Virginia.
And now, here are all films in the series.
Housing Choice Voucher 2016 Series: #1 - Brian
Brian, his family, and caregivers detail how his life has improved thanks to the Housing Choice Voucher following his traumatic brain injury.