Behind the Lens: Director Fran Guijarro and Producer Diya Guha

submitted by KQED Arts on 10/13/17 1

Alvin Carbins, otherwise known as "Moses," an artist who spent nearly two decades struggling with addiction and homelessness on the streets of San Francisco, is also a movie star. He’s the subject of "Moses," a feature-length documentary made by director Fran Guijarro and producer Diya Guha over the course of 10 years. They both met Carbins in his “office,” the corner of New Montgomery and Jessie streets in San Francisco, and what started as a short student film turned into a long-term project that transformed all of their lives. Today, Carbins is the house manager of a clean and sober living facility; "Moses" documents his struggle to overcome addiction and reclaim his life. Guijarro and Guha’s support of that journey closes the distance between documentary filmmaker and subject, and serves as a testament to the transformative power of storytelling. As immigrants trying to forge connections in their adopted home of San Francisco, Guijarro and Guha now relate to Carbins as family. They celebrate holidays and even take a trip together every year. "Moses" premieres in 2018; Guijarro and Guha continue to tell the stories of people experiencing homelessness with their project "Stories Behind the Fog."

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