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Filmology: NML Medical Movie Nights: Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home

This guide provides information and links to additional resources for films screened as part of the Filmology - NML Medical Movie Nights series.

Honoring the pioneers

"I believe the most important thing a person can do is to help others have a better life." -Charlie Goldstein

“I know we’re supposed to think big and mainstream. On the occasions I’ve tried to do that, I’ve realized I’m just about one-on-one, one person, one life, one relationship at a time to make it a better world” -Mollie Lowery


This guide provides information resources on the topic of homelessness.  Included below are links to national and local organizations, reports, services, and literature on housing, mental health, recent statistics and more.  Some resources may require USC login.

Where do I start?

To obtain general background information, view the resources listed in the Background Information and boxes labeled Reports.  National and Local Strategic plans also provide orientation information to the overall environment.  

After that, take a look at the other boxes on this page that provide further information on specific issues related to health care for the homeless, mental health conditions, and services provided by local organizations

LOST ANGELS: Skid Row is My Home







  Wednesday, September 21, 2016,

4:30 - 8:30pm 

LOST ANGELS: Skid Row is My Home takes an uncompromising yet life-affirming look at the lives of eight remarkable individuals, people who have found a way to make a life for themselves within the community of homelessness. The film shows how their descent into society’s basement has been exacerbated by the forces of gentrification and the increasing criminalization of homeless people, while exposing the draconian changes to the mental health care system that have brought us here.

food drive / pre-film tabling event / post-film discussion

One event - two locations! FREE EVENT! Please RSVP below.

Main location: Aresty Auditorium / HSC

 Health Sciences Campus, Harlyne J. Norris Research Tower, map 

Click here to RSVP for Aresty / HSC.


Live stream to: Century Club Lecture Hall / UPC

University Park Campus, USC Dental School, map

Click here to RSVP for Century Club / UPC. 


RSVPs are required however do not guarantee a seat.

All Filmology events are OVERBOOKED to maximize seating capacity in the theater. 

The RSVP list will be checked on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full.  Once the theater has reached capacity we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Evening Agenda

4:30-6pm   Aresty / HSC: In-N-Out Truck / Tabling event

4:30-6pm   Century Club / UPC: pizza, cookies, bottled water  

6:00-6:05pm   Welcome / Bios

6:05-6:15pm   Film Introduction by Earl C. Paysinger, USC Vice President of Civic Engagement

6:15-7:30pm Film Screening (75 min)

7:30-7:45pm   Special Guest / Short Q&A

7:45-8:30pm   Moderated Discussion

#NMLFilmology, #LostAngelsFilm, #SkidRow

Featuring Photography by Arthur Cortez

Background Information

Mollie Lowry presents an in depth summary of national and local homeless services.

National Reports

National Strategies to End Homelessness

Integrated Housing and Care

Housing First Model

Coordinated Entry System

Resources for People Living in Their Vehicles

Artistic Endeavors

LOST ANGELS: Skid Row is My Home Trailer

Special Guests

Earl C. Paysinger

USC Vice President of Civic Engagement

Earl C. Paysinger was appointed vice president of civic engagement on July 1, 2016, providing strategic leadership, development, and oversight for USC’s community outreach programs. As a long-serving member of the Los Angeles Police Department, Paysinger joined USC with strong familiarity with the university and the vital role it plays in Los Angeles and in the surrounding communities. Earl Paysinger brings neighborhood knowledge to USC Civic Engagement post


Albert 'Bam Bam' Olson

A former electrician and self-described "punky New Yorker," Bam Bam was a resident of Skid Row for two years. His mental health disorders include bipolarity, schizophrenia, PTHD, and a gender identity disorder. With the help of LA’s health services agencies, he was able to get his Section 8 housing and now he is off the streets, sober and med compliant. He has re-forged a relationship with his daughter and is living with HIV.

Tabling Participants

County of Los Angeles - Reports

Los Angeles - Strategies to End Homelessness

Mobile Health Clinics

News Articles

Panel Members

Click the blue links to learn more about our panelists.

Santosh Sundaresan, BDS, DDS

Chair, Section of Community Dentistry Programs

Director, USC Mobile Dental Clinic

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Dr Sundaresan graduated from the International Dentistry Program at the USC School of Dentistry in 2005. He was then appointed full-time USCSD faculty to precept dental students treating children of rural farm-working families on the USC Mobile Clinic, and also providing care to the homeless in LA’s Skid Row at the USC-Union Rescue Mission Dental Clinic. In 2010, he was instrumental in opening and operating the USC Dental Clinic at the JWCH Center for Community Health, located in Skid Row.  See full bio.  Ostrow unveils world’s largest mobile dental clinic. Ostrow School of Dentistry Serves Veterans at LA Event

Roee Astor

Third-Year Medical Student



USC Keck School of Medicine

Roee has worked on homelessness research since 2010 and is continuing his involvement through the Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellowship.  During his 3rd year of medical school at LAC+USC Medical Center, he will use County’s Urgent Care Whole Person Clinic as a home base to improve homelessness follow up for patients one-on-one in a case management format. Roee also aims to increase USC Medical student involvement and work with leaders at the hospital and other local organizations to improve coordination of homelessness follow up efforts. Students who would like to get involved with homelessness research can reach him at

Rice, Eric, et al. "Homelessness experiences, sexual orientation, and sexual risk taking among high school students in Los Angeles." Journal of Adolescent Health 52.6 (2013): 773-778.


Olivia Grant

Co-President HOPE2

MD Candidate 2019


USC Keck School of Medicine

Olivia Grant graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Biological Sciences and a minor in Public Health in 2014. She is currently a second year student at Keck SOM and a co-president of the HOPEstudent interest group . As someone who has experienced homelessness, she is very passionate about working with and advocating for this population. In addition to changing misconceptions often associated with the homeless, she hopes to encourage other Keck students to become actively engaged in tackling issues affecting this community. Upon graduating, she intends to practice here at LAC + USC where she can continue to work to provide care to the underserved. 


Celina Alvarez

Executive Director



Housing Works

Since 2000, Celina has played a key role in developing and implementing effective methodological practices in the arena of permanent supportive housing and “Housing First” in both single site and scattered site settings. 

In 2008, Celina joined the Housing Works Mobile Integrated Services Team (MIST).  Through the MIST, Housing Works provides street and shelter outreach to individuals and families living on the streets and in shelters, supporting them in accessing permanent supportive housing, and providing comprehensive, supportive services to help them thrive and succeed in housing while also learning how to re-integrate back into the community. See full bio


Vikki Vickers

Community Advocate





Corporation for Supportive Housing

Formerly homeless, Vikki now advocates for mental health care, supportive housing and funding.  She shares her story with Congressional Representatives, philanthropic groups, police departments, healthcare professionals, and any interested groups to help bring change to this crisis.

KPCC interview: Some homeless people can't be helped, 'but do these people deserve to die on a sidewalk?'

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Resources