Stories of US: Camp Second Chance

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies Rainier Beach
7:00 PM, Saturday, April 6, 2024 PST
Location: Meaning Movies Rainier Beach (click for map)

Meaningful Movies Rainier Beach invites you to an in-person screening of Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance. In this powerful award-winning film, director Melinda Raebyne embeds herself one winter at one of Seattle’s homeless camps, Camp Second Chance, challenging public ignorance and humanizing a population that locals would rather neglect, sharing with you some of their personal stories and her actual experience of what it’s like to be homeless. By putting faces to the statistics and a voice to their stories, she humanizes a population in ways that allow viewers to see themselves and better relate to a neglected and often “forgotten population.”

What’s possible when society’s “forgotten population” decides to beat the odds and instead of putting hope into a broken system invest their hopes in each other, using the pains of their past to be the fuel that drives them to create a better tomorrow. Camp Second Chance is an encampment founded by the homeless to foster an environment that allows them to become productive people in society. “Stories of Us” are their stories and ours, one of triumph, showing us that the power lies within our own willpower not to just survive but to thrive.


Director Melinda Raebyne will be at the screening.  Q&A will follow.

Melinda Raebyne is an award-winning filmmaker based in the US. As an independent filmmaker, Melinda works intentionally with communities to share local stories that have global resonance and impact. Her latest documentary, Ellos Gritan Libertad (They Scream Freedom) (2023) received the Best Documentary Director award (International category) at the 2023 Social World Film Festival in Italy. An advocate for independent filmmaking, she is affiliated with the Meaningful Movies Project, Washington Filmworks, and the Seattle Latino Film Festival. Melinda is a Firelight Media Spark Fund grant recipient and was in the leadership cohort of the Jane’s Fellowship Program, a program of the Russell Family Foundation. Recently, Melinda completed the highly competitive Washington FIlmworks Above the Line Program for emerging BIPOC filmmakers.

Website: Melinda Raebyne Films


Cost: Free

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The Rainier Beach Community Club is a long-standing nonprofit community organization in and for the Rainier Beach neighborhood. Their mission is to enhance and maintain the quality of life for residents of the Rainier Beach Community through civic, service and community building activities. Join them for their free monthly community meetings the second Wednesday each month at 7pm with doors open at 6:30pm. Membership is free.



Special Guests: Melinda Raebyne

Release Year: 2019

Running Time: 50 minutes

Director: Melinda Raebyne

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