The Dallas Morning News Charities visited the art program at the Stewpot. Charles Williams is a client of the Stewpot and a natural artist. We talk to Charles about his life on the street and how the art program has helped him find himself. The Stewpot is one of 23 recipients of the DMN charities.
KERA Radio, November 5, 2015
Listen to this excellent KERA radio interview with Bruce Buchanan, Executive Director of The Stewpot and Serving Second Chances filmmaker Alan Govenar.
The Dallas Morning News, October 30, 2015
Bruce Buchanan has reason to be proud of the artwork around him. The walls of the second-floor hallway he stands in are covered in pieces ranging from acrylic paintings and penciled sketches to detailed fabric work and metal crafts. The styles are diverse, ranging from abstract to incredibly detailed.
This hallway isn’t in the Dallas Museum of Art; this was in an upstairs portion of the Stewpot, a homeless center. Artists that are homeless created everything hanging on the walls.
It’s easy for some of us who aren’t homeless to doubt the potential of those who are. That’s an issue Buchanan himself doesn’t have. An associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas and the executive director of the Stewpot, he’s seen the potential of the homeless and needy. Guided by his faith, he’s worked for decades to improve their lives.
The Dallas Morning News 24 October 2015
Michael Bell used to sell drugs outside the Stewpot.
But with the help of the homeless outreach in downtown Dallas, he’s now in a different business.
Calling himself Michael the gardener, he tends more than three-quarters of an acre across from the ministry on Young Street.
“Working in the garden helps calm me down,” said Bell, 32.
The site of the garden was nothing but two concrete slabs before it was transformed into an oasis of 90 beds to grow produce.
centraltrack.com October 23, 2015
Shot over two and a half years, Serving Second Chances is a documentary film about the homeless in Dallas and how they interface with The Stewpot, an organization that offers resources and opportunities for homeless and at-risk individuals. Last Thursday night, the film was shown at a sold-out screening at the Angelika as part of the Dallas VideoFest 28. Musician Gerald Williams, one of the film's principle characters, performed after the film. On November 5, a shorter version of the film will be released for television broadcast on KERA's Frame of Mind series.
TheatreJones.com, October 15, 2015
Dallas - One of the highlights of tonight's Dallas VideoFest programming is the world premiere of Serving Second Chances (7 p.m., Angelika Film Center), a stirring and enlightening documentary by Dallas filmmaker Alan Govenar, who spent three years documenting the both the day-to-day operations of the local homeless shelter and human services provider The Stewpot—now in its 40th year of service to the community—as well as the personal struggles of three of its clients to stabilize their lives.
Dallas Morning News, October 13, 2015
Filmmaker Alan Govenar met guitarist Gerald Williams at a Robert Johnson sound-alike contest in 2012.
Williams said he regularly slept on a bench in front of Dallas City Hall. Govenar spent the next 2 1/2 years documenting Williams’ life. He and two others are the central characters in the documentary Serving Second Chances.
Dallas Observer article September 11, 2015
Serving Second Chances begins with a gorgeous shot of the Dallas skyline before the camera pans down to a man sleeping on a bench in front of City Hall... Read more
KERA Art & Seek News:
508 Park Street in downtown Dallas is best known as the building where Robert Johnson, Gene Autry and other legends recorded. And that important piece of music history can overshadow the significant role the building played in movie history. This week, we talk about an era when some of Hollywood’s biggest films were distributed through Dallas.