Alexandra Pelosi wants to thank a certain Democratic lawmaker for
inspiring her latest film, “Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County,”
which premiered Monday night on HBO. But despite the filmmaker’s
instantly recognizable surname, it’s not who you might think.
In an interview with ITK, the youngest daughter of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) cited Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) as the person who first challenged her, in early 2009, to make a film about a non-political subject.
Pelosi was hot off the release of “Right America: Feeling Wronged,” her
look at the then-nascent Tea Party movement, her fifth in a string of
politically themed documentaries for HBO.
“I was visiting
Washington in January for my mom’s second swearing-in as Speaker,”
Pelosi said, “and Earl walked up to me and said, ‘Alexandra, you need
to make a movie that no one can campaign against. Something that’s
going to unite people.’ ”
Blumenauer told ITK that in the
ensuing months, he and Pelosi talked on the phone about how she might
profile the working poor. “I’m really concerned about how the poor pay
more for everything, from rent to food to medical care,” he said in an
interview last week, “and Alexandra was interested in this idea of
people on the edge of the poverty line.”
inspired me with how much he knew about this, and how unjust it is that
the working poor can’t afford a basic standard of living,” Pelosi said.
“That got me thinking about a whole new subject matter.”
Blumenauer caught a preview of the film last week in Washington. As for what he thought of the flick? “It was a home run. Great work!”