Director's Statement

I have always been intrigued by the homeless.  What makes them tick?  What drives a person to lose all contact with family, friends and community?  I understand that there are homeless people that are mentally unstable, or drug addicted or alcoholic but there are also many homeless people that don't have these afflictions or diseases.

Growing up in New York, there were always lots of homeless people to see and I would often wonder, even as a kid, how come these people are like this?  What happened to them that brought them here, to live on the streets?  I've also felt very much...."  There but for the Grace of God go I".  I'm very interested in the human condition and I wanted to make a film that addressed those issues.

I know how easy it is to ignore the homeless.  I've done it myself.  I've walked down the street in New York and literally stepped over them, blind to them and their situation.

I wanted to give them a voice and a platform from which to speak and I hope we've done that with this film.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, up to 600,000 people go homeless every night in the United States.  Cadillac's is just one of those stories.

"Cadillac Man: Life Under the Viaduct" is one man's story, a story about love and loss, dysfunctional families and the affects that a bad childhood can have on someone.  Through all of that, in the end Cadillac has found a purpose in his life, a purpose he's never had before, and that is as an advocate for the homeless.

This is a film for everybody and every age.  It is a story about hope and about the chance for a better tomorrow.

Michael Regan
April 2006

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