Street Pulse is a documentary about Robert and Angel Huffar and their journey on the streets.
Robert and Angel met in 2010 at the Capitol while looking for work and support groups. They sell and write for the Street Pulse newspaper to make a small income while they continued to seek something more permanent.
Street Pulse finds Robert and Angel living under a bridge in Madison and follows them from summer to harsh Wisconsin winter as they work for food, a job, a place to live, and a future.
Street Pulse also meets:
Lonnie, who has a golden voice and a love of hard liquor; Nathaniel, who used to live on the streets with Lonnie and is now a homeless advocate; Pastor Sarah, who runs a support group near Madison’s Capitol; Joseph, who sells newspapers as a job as well as a way to raise awareness; Bob and Kat, intermittently homeless veterans; Connor, a UW-Madison student who runs the non-profit Street Pulse newspaper; Linda, who runs a Madison support group which helped Robert in his darkest hour; Freddie, who went to prison as a youth and now busks to support his wife and children; and several local community members and advocates.
Our production team is incredibly small, partially due to constraints of budget, but also because of our desire to respect the feelings and privacy of Madison’s homeless population. This is not an exploitative piece. We have been given access to support groups, shelters, sleeping locations, food stashes, and other sensitive places. We are determined not to betray that trust or overwhelm anyone with our presence. While we follow Robert and Angel and any of their compatriots, we are considerate of the wishes of those who do not wish to be filmed, while not compromising the story of those who are so often marginalized.
After months of research and preparation, filming began Summer 2011. Principle photography ended February 2012. While scenes were roughed together during shooting to give us a good idea of where the story was at, post-production – such as editing and recording a score – has now begun in earnest and is scheduled to be finished by late Summer 2012. Audio mixing, coloring, and other touches are pending.