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‘Living on One’ film featured on Hulu

'Into Poverty: Living on One Dollar' will be available on Hulu until May 3.
— image credit: Courtesy of Living on One

A documentary launched from Bainbridge Island is now showing before a world-wide audience.

The film “Into Poverty: Living on One Dollar” — which debuted to two sold-out shows at the Lynwood Theater in August — is now up for viewing on Hulu, a free video streaming website.

The film will be available for free viewing until May 3.

“It is amazing to finally see our film up on such a great platform as Hulu,” said Zach Ingrasci, one of the Bainbridge filmmakers featured in the film.

“We have had over 87,000 people watch the film and have raised over $8,000 for microfinance in the first two days,” he said. “This success is all due to the incredible advocates that have joined us over the past three years. Not a single dollar has been spent on advertising; everything has been grassroots.”

The Hulu premiere is in support of the global Live Below the Line campaign that encourages people to live on $1.50 a day for five days. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the conditions that more than 1.1 billion people face every day. The campaign encourages participants to support any number of charities in turn.

Ingrasci’s nonprofit, Living on One, is one such organization seeking support.

“Small changes can have a meaningful impact for the lives of the extreme poor,” Ingrasci said. “This is incredibly empowering because it means that every person who has joined us to take action, no matter how small that action may be, is helping to change someone’s life.”

Viewers can log onto www.hulu.com and watch the 56-minute film about four young men, fresh out of college, who leave their well-to-do, first-world lives to experience firsthand how more than a billion people live around the globe.

“Into Poverty: Living on One Dollar” tells the story of Ingrasci, Ryan Christofferson, Sean Leonard and Chris Temple, who lived on $1 a day in rural Guatemala over the summer of 2010. The film explores the concept of microfinance as a means of easing the strain on the poor.

Christofferson graduated from Bainbridge High in 2007, while Leonard and Ingrasci graduated in 2008.

Ingrasci enlisted the group’s fourth member, Temple, while the two were attending Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif. and studying economics.

It all started as a simple conversation one night at college. But soon the discussion about world poverty — how little was being done to convey the issue to a younger generation — evolved into a much larger, and time-consuming, project; a documentary film.

The basis of the film was just as taxing on the young men as it was to make it. Together they would travel to rural Guatemala and live, as much of the world does, on one dollar a day.

The central goal was to show audiences the reality of world poverty by providing themselves as relatable characters. Through them, audiences can experience the sacrifices and a challenges of living a life away from cable television, the Internet and grocery stores.

Their film, “Into Poverty: Living on One Dollar,” has made quite a few impressions. It won the Audience Award for the Best Documentary at the 16th Sonoma International Film Festival.

Since the film’s Bainbridge premiere, it has been screened at colleges and schools around the nation. Their nonprofit, Living on One, continues to book screenings of the film to raise awareness of the issue.

The documentary can be seen at www.hulu.com/living-on-one-dollar. More information about the film and the nonprofit that was founded around the documentary can be found at www.livingonone.org/film.

The Live Below the Line campaign is available at www.livebe

lowtheline.com.

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