We took some time to speak with Micheal to understand his inspiration for sharing this story. Here is what he said about this project:
"It was an assignment for class and I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and not just film a short doc on my friends because of convenience. Ever since I've been at Loyola Marymount I've made many bike trips to the palisades to mountain bike and it’s always a full day venture that always ends up with me and one of my good friends ending our night in Venice. We'd stop in Venice to rest and we always would run into good company down there and have really interesting insights into the community specifically the homeless community.
As for the reason I did this, I guess it’s something that has fascinated me for a while. How many people utilize tunnel vision, talking on their cellphone or other methods to avoid talking with panhandlers and homeless people asking for money. I understand it fully, it’s intimidating and often time’s people pull at your heart strings to make a buck. But the one thing I've learned over the years is conversations are free, and you can get a lot from conversations especially with those who hold different viewpoints and have a different perspective from you. I guess what I really want is for people to engage with people on the streets in their community, because often times people avoid this and its truly sad because I've learned a lot from striking up conversation with random people.
I got an A I think maybe a B on this project, who knows, who cares! But I have to give a shout out to Giovana Frediani who helped me go through my interview and piece the story together in a creative way that allows the viewer to listen to the story without some preconceived judgment based on who is talking. That was all her idea and definitely made the project amply better!"
Thank you Michael Hibbs for letting Bed Bandits be a part of this project. Stay tuned everyone- we have another video in the works!