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When LIVING IN A CAR is Your Last Choice – "Mobile" a Short Film


Like many people trying to survive the pandemic, Lydia's income was cut. After being evicted for her inability to pay rent, Lydia attempts to stay with friends but finds that living in her car is her only choice. Lydia struggles to figure out what to do next and stay safe while keeping a sense of normalcy working as a rideshare driver in Los Angeles. Finding a safe place to park at night proves challenging until Lydia meets an unexpected ally who shows her kindness.

Mobile is a short film based on true life events telling the story of a growing population forced into mobile homelessness.

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Directed by:
Luciana Faulhaber

Written by :
Luciana Faulhaber
Ben Meredith

Executive Producers:
Mark Horvath
Luciana Faulhaber
Javier E. Gomez

Produced by:
Luciana Faulhaber
Ben Meredith

Associate Producer:
Jaclyn Amor

Cast (In Order of Appearance)

Lydia Luciana Faulhaber
Karen Amy Schumacher
Mr. Lee Victor Chi
Steph Brie Eley
Evan Mike Heslin
Ethan Nic Wilson
Male 1 Kevin Brennan
Male 2 Eddie Ruiz
Claudia Charisse Woodall
Rider Dawn Anderson
Martin Tom Malloy

Director of Photography:
Ben Meredith

Assistant Director:
Jaclyn Amor

Edited by:
Ben Meredith

Sound Recordist:
Suzan Jones

Sound Mix:
Taylor Finnigan

Austin Bonang

Production Assistant:
Teddy De Marco

Mobile was produced by a partnership between Invisible People and High-Toned Entertainment.

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Date: September 16, 2022

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35 thoughts on “When LIVING IN A CAR is Your Last Choice – "Mobile" a Short Film

  1. There's a toilet app that tells you about toilets open 24h. – Don't sleep in a rough neighbourhood, look for a really good one. Have a shower every morning at a public pool. Spend time at a library to charge your devices and get free internet and good a/c when it's hot.

  2. You work all day everyday and you save for a month and then boom you have money to rent a room I live in a huge city and someone is always renting rooms outta their houses. You gotta figure it out. Homelessness is not an option for me ever. I would figure it out.

  3. Milleniells dont have the brains of beach sand…here you have this fool living in her car and instead of spending every second trying to solve her problem she's making goddam videos on youtube for social attention..

  4. If you search the title, Tour of My 1999 Leisure Travel Widebody Class B video, you will get a tour of the inside of this neat little RV van I bought just in case this happens to me in the future. The one I bought comes with a queen-size bed, a refrigerator, a propane 2 burner stove, and a microwave! A quaint little bathroom with toilet and shower area. You get everything you need to survive in comfort. Save up your life savings while you're young and invest in an RV van when you're older…it can very well save your life if things don't turn out like you imagined it would.

  5. I’m in the same situation and perhaps worse. I got into trouble 21yrs ago which lead me not being able to renew my green card (long story). Without that, I cannot renew my license (I was a class A truck driver). Lost my job and my identity. No real friends nor real family I can count on. I hate being a burden to others so asking for help is very difficult. I used to feel sad and lonely all the time. I even did some researches about the best ways to end myself. I’ve gotten close but, never had enough guts to push through. I still feel sad every now and then, not for myself anymore but, for the people who are especially starting out in this hell of a journey. My heart aches for you!

  6. The moral of this story is that this can happen to anyone at any time. You must be prepared for your own future. I work a full-time security guard position at my local bank and if one day I get hurt at work and lose my job then I must be ready for that situation. So last year I took action and took my life savings(I'm 44 years old)out of my savings account and bought myself a used 1999 Leisure Travel Widebody Class B RV Van.

  7. When I was a teenager, I had a nightmare where I was homeless and helpless. Ever since, I then I promised myself that it will never happen to me so I worked my but off for years and put all my money into my bank savings account. Then after decades, I took that money and bought myself a 1999 Leisure Travel Widebody Class B RV Van. Sure, it's used but I put a lot of money into it to fix it up and made it look almost brand new. The new paint job looks great and new rims and tires just to name a few improvements. Now I just drive it one a month to make the motor is running perfectly. If I find myself unable to pay for all the bills and rent(for a house ot apt) then I will pack all my things and live out of my 1999 Leisure Travel Widebody Class B RV Van. I always wanted to go on an extended vacation and visit all 50 states. I'm ready……are you? This can happen to anybody, finding yourself without a job, a spouse and no help from friends and family. Alone,all by yourself. I recommend buying a 1999 Leisure Travel Widebody Class B RV Van or any RV van…used ones are cheap and easy to fix up like I did in my youth! Plan ahead, because if you don't you might find yourself in the same sitaution like the woman in this short film story. Do something now before it's too late.

  8. That opening scene
    Yep was me too last summer
    Cops are better than most people
    About sleeping( and I was more than 150 ft away from the persons house
    Anyway! At least theres a car to sleep in! Countless ways it can be worse

  9. Some people (me) live in our cars by choice. I have a good job and make great money but I REFUSE to pay the exorbitant amount that rental places want and an extended stay place is 1500 as well. No thanks I will pocket my cash and spend it on me. Gym Membership 20 dollars/ Gas 80/ Food 300/ Phone (with hot spot) 50/ Ins 120 = I spend about $700 a month all in. You can sleep in the gym parking lots – lucky the company i work for lets me park there and use the bathrooms. (bank 60K a year)

  10. I'm a 66 year old disabled woman living this in Indianapolis. Nothing like this exists here. I park at Lowe's, a hotel, and Walmart. Homeless help here is shameful. Please pray for me. I am literally thinking of making a sign but I can't stand long.

  11. What if you had no car? Happens all the time sadly in this crazy world today. thank God i made it to old age and can take my social security. Trying hard not to but just not enough work. Covid really hurt my industry because it keeps coming back in different form.

  12. I have been there and done that. I had it even worse than her. After a domestic incident with my wife, I had to leave my own house in a blink of an eye and had only my car and some clothes. I also had to pay all the bills for my house that she got to live in for free but I wasn't allowed to go back to it and I had no job. I had to find a place in the woods to put up a tent and eat out of homeless shelters. I took showers at the public park. I had some money from a retirement fund and some housemates who still lived there and sent money to my P.O. box so I could pay the bills. Barely made it but after 8 months of being homeless I still have the house.

  13. I had to watch this because I'm in my car right now and I can not sleep early. I'm from the bay area of California and while rent is high, I chose to become a car dweller. If you need a story to tell other folks what it is like living in a state where the standard of living is too high that it forces people to become homeless whether living under a bridge, tent city or in their car.

    I know my case is sad because I have issues. I have put up applications upon applications n losing out on $25 background checks on all of them just not to get an answer from any landlord or property management companies. My vice is bad credit score. I mean I can pay it off in a few months but like I said, I have issues so I'm in a predicament where the system is also failing me. So my credit score is poor but I do make 100k a year, why am I not the best candidate for a rental property?

    It is this issue that made me given up n became a car dweller for the past 6 or 7 years now.

    A homeless working person making 100k a year in California's housing crisis area n could not get rent when 50 other people are fighting for that one spot. Welcome to California.

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