Dignity Harbor, Film by Former St. Louisans, to Air on Nine World

Award-Winning Film by Mike Gualdoni and Zach White Will be Broadcast as Part of the National America Reframed Series


St. Louis, MO—May 13, 2014—In 2010, many members of St. Louis’ homeless population were routed from tunnels under Tucker Boulevard to make way for a construction project. They took up residence instead in camps along the Mississippi River. Two St. Louis filmmakers, Mike Gualdoni and Zach White, tell the story of these homeless citizens and the community they created in the hour-long documentary Dignity Harbor. It will air on the Nine Network of Public Media’s Nine World channel seven times in May as part of the national series America Reframed.


America Reframed: Dignity Harbor will be broadcast May 20 at 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.; May 21 at 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; May 24 at 10:00 p.m.; and May 25 at 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on Nine World (over the air on channel 9.3 and on Charter Cable on channel 185).


Over a year’s time, Dignity Harbor director Gualdoni and co-producer White followed a group of homeless people living in a makeshift encampment, named Dignity Harbor, located north of the Arch. The residents work cooperatively to build shelters and attempt to create a safe environment despite personality conflicts, the harsh winter weather and threats from the city to clear the area.


The film won Best Social Justice Documentary and Best Documentary Cinematography in the 2012 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, and was one of nine finalists selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 39th Annual (2012) Student Academy Awards competition.


Gualdoni says, “I made this film because I was looking for a new challenge, as well as being fired up after watching All the Presidents Men in my college journalism class. I was looking to expose some incredible injustice or corruption in the world rather than using my talents for any of the BS that our industry is riddled with. Then, this story sort of fell in my lap.”


Gualdoni and White graduated from St. Charles High School and Lindenwood University. Gualdoni  is currently a producer for Wyoming PBS and White works for Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta.


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