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

“The whole purpose was to gain insight on how they survive,” Taulton said. “In order to really know what's going on, you have to live it.”

Taulton said he learned many of the issues that cause a person to become homeless are complex.

Crumble said he agreed to be part of the documentary because of the positive way Taulton treated him.

“He showed me respect. We just really want respect; that's the bottom line,” Crumble said.

Taulton said he offered to let the two men rest in his car, and their gratitude helped him understand how much they valued something most people take for granted.

“They were very grateful to be in an enclosed area out of the weather. I know it was a car, but they were so happy,” he said.

Seeking a new start

Taulton said he would like to see the proceeds from the film go toward helping Crumble and Potts get off the streets for good.

Crumble said he is known for his renovation work, particularly his skill at laying tile. He said he had an argument with his girlfriend, and she dropped him off at a nearby homeless shelter. Crumble said he had been having a hard time finding work after remodeling projects seemed to dry up because of the economy.

Potts said he is an electronic technician by trade who has had trouble finding employment after getting out of prison last December. He said he served time in prison for crawling through a store window after hours and stealing beer. He said he had open-heart surgery at one point, and the necessary recovery also kept him from finding work.

Crumble said he also served time in prison, most recently for a probation violation.

Both men said they hope the documentary brings greater awareness. They also hope for a new start with Taulton's aid and the money from the film's proceeds.

“I'm good at what I do, and I can get started again,” Potts said.

“They're not giving us a second chance, but we need one.”

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