Call Me By My Name

Call Me By My Name
A stage and film documentary with and about the homeless community

Director Steve Umberger   Film Jay Thomas, Steve Umberger
Music Fred Story   Lighting Eric Winkenwerder   Associate Stage Director Mark Sutton  
Cast Belinda Hunter, Hilda Mojica, Paul Lessard, Mary Subach, Christina C. Williams
Produced with First United Methodist Church as part of the StreetsmARTs program

For eighteen months, participants who have experienced homelessness met weekly to tell their stories and to create this stage-and-film documentary about life on the street, written and performed by those who have lived  it.    

Watch the 2 minute trailer

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The first act is a documentary film about the project. The second act is a live presentation by the participants.
Optional TalkBack following  

TalkBacks with County Commissioners Pat Cothan, Mark Jerrell, and Men's Shelter Director Liz Clasen-Kelly

The film (50 minutes) is available for screening, with or without the live presentation (30 minutes). 
For booking information, please email 

 "When looking at the issue of poverty, it is easy to dehumanize the voices of those walking that very experience. But as we see in StreetsmARTs, they have the best insight into solutions."  
Kelly McRell, FUMC staff member 

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Photography: William Guerrant


Program development made possible by a Vitality Grant, a Justice and Reconciliation Grant of the Metro District of the United Methodist Church, the financial support of First United Methodist Church, and donations from the general public.  

StreetsmARTs is a program of First United Methodist Church, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization (Val Rosenquist, Senior Pastor). The goal is to continue the StreetsmARTs arts program on an annual basis with more partciipants. The program, which employs arts and services professionals working with participants, is funded entirely by grants and gifts. Donations are welcome at FUMC, 501 N. Tryon St., Charlotte NC, or online at (StreetsmARTs option).

The StreetsmARTs Theatre/Film components are a collaboration between The Playworks Group and First United Methodist Church.


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Call Me By My Name program 2019

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