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No Good Reason

United States

Musicians and singers from around the country, people who have never met and who are currently or recently homeless, gather in Boston to record a song written by a 15-year girl who was homeless when she wrote it. Natalie Merchant (formerly of 10,000 Maniacs) has less than three days to arrange and record the song - in a process that normally takes weeks or months. Working with several artists who have never set foot in a recording studio, Ms. Merchant completes the track, which winds up on a new CD featuring artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Jewel, Bonnie Raitt and many others partnering with unknown artists who are currently or recently homeless. The goal: to increase awareness of homelessness in America.

Story

Musicians and singers from around the country, people who have never met and who are currently or recently homeless, gather in Boston to record a song written by a 15-year-old girl who was homeless when she wrote it. Natalie Merchant (formerly of 10,000 Maniacs), has less than three days to arrange and record the song - in a process that normally takes weeks or months. The recording session was a volunteer effort; there was no budget to accomodate the effort. One musician drove across the country in a car that had no business driving that far. Boston hotels donated rooms, local restaurants donated food. Finally, working with several artists who have never set foot in a recording studio, Ms. Merchant completes the track. Nichole Cooper, the girl who wrote the song, lived the experience of homelessness: 'It was really hard. Everything I sing about in that song really happened. I have had to steal so I could eat. I have robbed people because I couldn't get a job and I needed money.' Her song became one of the first tracks of a new CD featuring artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Jewel, Bonnie Raitt, Pete Seeger and many others, collaborating with unknown artists who are currently or recently homeless. In the end, what was written by a homeless girl to express her isolation became a celebration of community by men and women of various age, race, and housing situations: a song that rocks for the world to hear.

Cast & Characters

Lawrence Marshall Submission Contact Production John McGah Executive Producer Lawrence Marshall Co-Director Michael Mierendorf Director Camera Frank Coakley Sound Mixer; Boom Operator Lawrence Marshall Cinematographer/DP Michael Mierendorf Cinematographer/DP Michael Vitti Sound Mixer; Boom Operator Post Production Lawrence Marshall Editor; Sound Editor Print Traffic Lawrence Marshall Print Shipper; Print Return; Preview Return

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