In Long Story Short, over 100 people at homeless shelters, food banks, adult literacy programs, and job training centers in Los Angeles and the Bay Area in Northern California discuss their experiences of poverty – why they are poor, how it feels, and what they think should be done. Numerous interviews are stitched together to form a polyphonic account of poverty from the inside.
Long Story Short explores the rise of poverty and income inequality, using tools of the sharing economy to amplify the voices of those most displaced and dispossessed by it. While individuals filmed in separate spaces appear in isolation, mirroring the isolating aspects of the media forms it appropriates, words flow across the screen like musical ensemble. This choral voice moves across a social body of common experiences and variations on shared themes, as speakers momentarily join together, and then splinter part offering the possibility of a fragmentary imaginary collective, yet to materialize.