Time-Lapse Shows Incredible Transformation of Homeless Veteran’s Life. Sometimes, what’s on the outside can count.

Sometimes, what’s on the outside can count.

In the decades since returning home from service, U.S. Army veteran Jim Wolf has faced poverty, homelessness and alcoholism. But with a bit of physical transformation, he finally found a way to turn things around.

Inspired by Dove’s “evolution” ad series, Rob Bliss Creative and Degage Ministries, a charity that works with veterans, created a video that showed Wolf getting a haircut and new clothes to help transform his life. The video was released this week in honor of Veteran’s Day.

While the changes in Wolf’s outward appearance are clearly evident in the time-lapse video, it’s the shift in his outlook on life that is less tangible but much more powerful

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Video clip and images from my last 24hrs with Christian raising money for ‘Help the Heroes’ and his walk to end homlessness

Johnny LynchSo had a fantastic time with Christian as he continues his walk around the British coast line for ‘Help the Heroes’ and bringing awareness to the UK homeless problem and some of the most vulnerable people in the UK.

Yesterday I arranged for the local press to meet Christian along with local photographer Andreas Yiasimi as he passed through Cromer and Sheringham my two favourite places in the country and where I call home before introducing him to the pride of Cromer and its tamar class Lifeboat where he commented to me as he checked out the bridge ‘I can’t believe the controls in here it looks like the bridge of the starship enterprise’ We had been joined by Bob Duncan (Gt Yarmouth ‘Nockfest’ organiser)

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It was then on to the Wellington Public House in Cromer one of local bars where he was treated to a pint of Directors a popular cask ale courtesy of the my friend and owner Leona and then on to see Maria owner of Cromer Ice Cream and Pizza House where she fed us all with a freshly backed Pizza and Norfolk Ice Cream before taking him to see my mum.

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We then walked on to Sheringham, Norfolk my home town where we negotiated the rugged and dramatic chalk cliffs and ever changing of coast line of North Norfolk and was treated to a night from Jackie and Ali in the Dunstable Arms, Sheringham of telling jokes, stories and got more of an insight to a man I have grown to know a little more intimately since we made the documentary ‘Onward Christian Soldiers. The Long Walk to end Homelessness’ on him last weekend.

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My part and time in his journey is over until I catch up with him further along the coast but it’s been a true privilege and one of the most proudest moments of my life walking side by side along this favourite part of Britain of mine.

Here is a very rough short clip of my walk yesterday with Christian and will be bringing you more of this and the full documentary soon.

Hope you are well as you march on and strive for you own hopes and dreams in your own life.

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Mulit award winner director Lucy Walker. @lucywalkerfilm


A film maker who reports and documents the stories of true life events told passionately and genuinely. Her films cover some of the most tragic history of our planet and human strories but in her films is a message of hope through struggle. She is an inspiration to me, film makers and people around the world as are the real people equally inspiring that Director Lucy Walker is compelled to share and tell the us the viewer about.

This is an Interview with Director Lucy Walker on the experience of documentary filmmaking and advice for young documentarians at the 2010 Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival. Walker is the award winning director of such films as BLINDSIGHT and DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND. Her new film WASTE LAND chronicles the journey of famed art photographer Vic Muniz as he attempts to transform everyday garbage into high art in Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest garbage dump, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The film also serves as a thoughtful portrait of the inhabitants of Jardim Gramacho, who work in the dump recycling materials within it by hand.

WASTE LAND has won over 25 awards and honors and has just been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Lucy grew up in London, England, and graduated from Oxford University before winning a Fulbright scholarship to attend the Graduate Film Program at NYU

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Praise for documentary on Swansea’s homeless

A TELEVISION documentary has been praised for placing the issue of homelessness in Swansea firmly on the agenda.

The BBC series, Swansea; Back on the Streets, made by film makers Tracy Harris and Chris Rushton, followed the homeless in the city over the winter.

It was the second such documentary series from the pair who captured on film the harsh realities of living on the streets.

The latest series has been praised by charities for placing the problem in the spotlight.

Filmmaker Chris Rushton said: “We filmed the first series in the run up to Christmas 2013 and we went back 15 months later.

“I would say that the problem has grown. And it is going to get worse with the bedroom tax and other benefit clamp downs.”

Mr Rushton said that many of the homeless they met were young and had troubled backgrounds.

He said: “A lot of them had very unhappy childhoods. I would say that over 50 per cent of them have had a difficult upbringing, if you don’t have the love and care of a family it leads to all kinds of problems.

“They haven’t got the support that comes from a nice family. It’s a different world.”

He added that the problem was not unique to Swansea.

He said: “Swansea is like any other city. If you are homeless you are going to go where there are shelters and charities that help.”

Now the filmmaker hopes that the programmes will help address the issue.

He said: “Hopefully, we have helped others understand the nature of the problem.

“You have to give credit to these homeless people. They don’t often trust people and we have been privileged to have them speak to us in the way they did.”

So far the reaction to the series, which finished last night, has been positive.

He said: “We have had fabulous viewing figures, especially going out at 10.35pm. I have been amazed by the number of people who have cried watching the films.

“It’s what TV should be for, yes it entertains and is good for the rugby, but it can also help make a difference.”

Dan Jolley of registered charity Caer Las Cymru praised the programme saying: “We are pleased with the profile and awareness that 165,000 viewers brings.

“We have had lots of people getting in touch with us and donating things to us.”

Mr Jolley praised Swansea Council for the manner in which it aimed to address the problem.

He said: “The local authority is doing a really good job of making sure people aren’t on the streets but tackling the problem itself is an issue.

“It’s an ongoing and difficult problem to fix and you will never see a point where there are no homeless on the street.

We are working with the Welsh Government to improve our access point on the Strand.”