Johnathan Paul is a 3rd year graduate student in the University of North Texas Media Arts program. His 2nd year film, the short documentary Hustler of Providence is currently in consideration at the New York City Independent Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride and Austin Film Festival among others.
He has recently been nominated for the IDA David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award and the Kodak Student Scholarship Award for his work as director of Hustler of Providence. This last nomination was submitted by Eugene Martin whose film Rosa was an AFS sponsored project. Johnathan has also worked on several other films such as Fields Where We Play, Unconventional and the documentary film Don’t Frack with Denton.
Johnathan is the co-founder of Datalus Pictures a production company he started with six fellow UNT Alumni, who aim to grow film production in the DFW area and the State of Texas.
David Goodman began his film studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and continued those studies at the University of Memphis where he received as Master’s Degree in Screenwriting. David has worked on many film productions over the years including the documentary films Spiritual Transit, Coon Hunters Looking Up for Christ and the award winning documentary short Critterman.
He is a writer and producer for Johnathan Paul’s upcoming film The Great Hanging and he is also the screenwriter of three more collaborations Fields Where We Play, Responsibility of Restraint and Subject to Loss.
Rich Holcomb is a recovering drug addict who began a career in HIV prevention in November of 2007. Growing up Richard lived in an abusive home, he also experienced child sexual abuse at the hands of a family member, both of these ongoing incidents lead to a troubled life as a youth. By his early 20’s Rich found himself on the streets of Montreal Canada addicted to drugs and turning tricks as a male prostitute to support that addiction.
Finally finding sobriety Rich co-founded the non-profit organization Project Weber, which is an outreach program focused on providing male sex workers with condoms, needle exchanges, substance abuse referrals and HIV testing. Due to a lack of available data regarding male sex workers in the United States Rich helped to develop a 2010 survey that that would assess the needs of the male sex worker population.
During this survey Project Weber assessed the needs of 50 male sex workers living on the streets in Providence Rhode Island. The project says they have gleaned valuable data on male sex workers who work and live on the streets of Providence. The results of this work has generated interest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While he stills struggles with his addiction Rich continues to work diligently for the safety of those still working and living on the streets. Hustler of Providence is his story.