Alexandra Pelosi Shines Light on Unseen Side of O.C.

Here’s my story from the print edition of Variety on “Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County,” Alexandra Pelosi’s latest documentary for HBO that premieres tonight. This is a big departure for her in that it’s not about partisan politics or the evangelical divide, but a subject that is a tough sell in the news cycle. She follows several children and their families as the trek from motel to motel, some of them just down the street from Disneyland.

The project is not political, but it may be impossible not to think of some of the debates raging in Washington today. Several weeks ago, the Obama administration announced a plan to alleviate homeless in America, but it got virtually no attention.

Pelosi says, “Those kids don’t have an audience. Who wants to watch
homeless kids? That is what is so sad about what has happened to
American politics. Now it is just, ‘I love her. I hate her.’ It is just
Bill O’Reilly vs. Rachel Maddow. Homeless kids have no shot. It is not
sexy.”

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