Documentary producer hopes to aid Oklahoma City homeless people with film

Antwone Taulton, producer of the documentary “A Day in Our Shoes,” aims to help homeless individuals in Oklahoma featured in the film through money raised from DVD sales and Cox On Demand purchases.
BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com Published: July 12, 2011

Antwone Taulton was sleeping in his car in downtown Oklahoma City early one morning when he was awakened by a stranger.

Living on the streets for the first time, Taulton, 24, sat up in his seat and looked at the man.

“I was still halfway scared,” said Taulton, a Waco, Texas, native.

Turns out, his new friend, Ralph “Scooby” Crumble, 42, had awakened him to buy him breakfast at a nearby fast-food restaurant.

Over the next couple of weeks, Taulton said, he became buddies with Crumble and his friend, Terry Potts, 50, two homeless men who live underneath bridges, around loading docks and other areas downtown.

Both men are featured in Taulton's documentary “A Day in Our Shoes,” a look at homelessness in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas.

Taulton said he created the film to help raise awareness about the complexities of homelessness.

The documentary also is raising funds to help homeless people such as Crumble and Potts.

Taulton said DVDs of the film are on sale for $20. Also, Cox Communications subscribers may order the documentary for $4.99 to watch through the cable company's On Demand feature. Proceeds from the DVD and On Demand purchases are being used to help homeless people who need a helping hand to obtain permanent housing, employment and transportation.

Helping the homeless

Taulton said he earned a bachelor's degree in theology from Baylor University and is working on his master's degree in divinity at the Waco school.

He said he came up with the idea to film the documentary because he has a passion for aiding the homeless. Taulton said he briefly attended the University of Central Oklahoma and has relatives in the Oklahoma City area.

He said he decided to live among the homeless to find out for himself what their lives are like on a day-to-day basis.