Lee's Channel

is creating videos on homelessness, mental illness, and drug addiction

11

patrons

$87

per month

Help me make videos and documentaries about homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction, and the foster care system


Hey there everyone, my name is Lee, thank you for taking the time to visit my Patreon!  As you may know I am active on YouTube (and twitch!) where I regularly live stream as I walk around San Francisco, talking to the homeless and mentally ill people living out on the streets about their lives, and showing people what San Francisco is really like.
When I first started documenting San Francisco's issues with homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse back in 2012, I did so because I was frustrated that no one wanted to face the issues that are going on around us, and that San Francisco's depiction in the media was incredibly inaccurate and misleading.
Things have changed over the years, but I still feel that people do not understand why there is such a large homeless problem here.

I myself have been homeless.  I had an abusive father who beat me, and a schizophrenic mother that I only knew briefly.  I was raised in the foster care system, and after I turned 18 all my belongings were placed in garbage bags, and I was dropped off outside a homeless shelter in the tenderloin.

There are many factors to why people become homeless, but I believe the biggest one, one that people never talk about, is child abuse and the foster care system.  A quarter million (and growing!) kids leave the foster care system every year, and of those half will be homeless, and half of those will have long-standing issues with PTSD.  That's 125K+ new homeless people every year.

My end goal is not just to live stream and make videos on YouTube, I want to be able to make feature-length documentaries educating people about what is going on, and share my personal experiences and life story, however I need your help to do so!

Here is a rough ROUGH (nowhere near the beautiful cinema-quality 4K video that the final documentary will be) cut of some footage that I shot years ago for my still-incomplete documentary about the foster care system.  In this clip we see Carlos (who I met inside the foster care system) talk about what lead to him getting in the system:

Unfortunately work on the documentary had to be put on hold for years due to Carlos' addiction problems, as you can see addressed in the live stream below, recorded the night after he was treated at the emergency room:


Over the years I have spent everything I could afford on thousands of dollars worth of equipment to film this first documentary (4K camera, lenses, mics, recorder, etc.) however I need your help to be able to work on it due to the sheer expense of production.

Please, let's make this happen, join the Patreon!💪
Tiers
Bronze Level
$1 or more per month
+Access the Patreon stream  

+Participate in monthly Patreon exclusive live stream Ask Me Anything videos

Silver Level
$5 or more per month
Everything in Bronze Level


+See videos before they are made public on YouTube

+See videos that are too controversial for YouTube

Gold Level
$25 or more per month
Everything in Bronze Level

Everything in Silver Level


+Get free Lee's Channel merchandise shipped to you every other month!   Examples of the types of items are shirts, hats, tote bags, mugs, etc.

I will cover shipping!

Don't forget to let me know what size you want!

International Patreons accepted!*


*Note for international Patreons, I will cover shipping at my  expense, but you are responsible for any taxes, fees, duties, etc.  I am  not responsible for any items lost in international shipment or  customs.  I can label the package as a gift if you feel that aid the  customs process.

Patreon Saint
$35 or more per month
Everything in Bronze Level

Everything in Silver Level

 

+A brand new, high quality piece of  clothing will be donated to a local youth shelter for every patreon  subscribed at the Patreon Saint level each and every month!

+A public video will be put up on the official Lee's Channel YouTube  channel every month showing the clothes being dropped off

+Patreon Saints will be credited at the end of each Patreon Saint clothing drop-off video!

Goals
$87 of $508 per month
Purchase a light kit to film documentary style videos
Over the years I have amassed thousands of dollars worth of video equipment, such as a high-end 4K mirrorless camera, a portable audio recorder, broadcast-quality microphones, tripods, GoPros, etc., all with the express purpose of finishing a documentary that I started over a decade ago about the foster care system.  With this money I'll be able to buy a small off-brand light kit to set up three point lighting for interviews, allowing me to continue my work on that documentary, and others in the future.
Also, with that light kit I'll be able to make other oft-requested videos, such as art videos and cooking videos.
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Help me make videos and documentaries about homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction, and the foster care system


Hey there everyone, my name is Lee, thank you for taking the time to visit my Patreon!  As you may know I am active on YouTube (and twitch!) where I regularly live stream as I walk around San Francisco, talking to the homeless and mentally ill people living out on the streets about their lives, and showing people what San Francisco is really like.
When I first started documenting San Francisco's issues with homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse back in 2012, I did so because I was frustrated that no one wanted to face the issues that are going on around us, and that San Francisco's depiction in the media was incredibly inaccurate and misleading.
Things have changed over the years, but I still feel that people do not understand why there is such a large homeless problem here.

I myself have been homeless.  I had an abusive father who beat me, and a schizophrenic mother that I only knew briefly.  I was raised in the foster care system, and after I turned 18 all my belongings were placed in garbage bags, and I was dropped off outside a homeless shelter in the tenderloin.

There are many factors to why people become homeless, but I believe the biggest one, one that people never talk about, is child abuse and the foster care system.  A quarter million (and growing!) kids leave the foster care system every year, and of those half will be homeless, and half of those will have long-standing issues with PTSD.  That's 125K+ new homeless people every year.

My end goal is not just to live stream and make videos on YouTube, I want to be able to make feature-length documentaries educating people about what is going on, and share my personal experiences and life story, however I need your help to do so!

Here is a rough ROUGH (nowhere near the beautiful cinema-quality 4K video that the final documentary will be) cut of some footage that I shot years ago for my still-incomplete documentary about the foster care system.  In this clip we see Carlos (who I met inside the foster care system) talk about what lead to him getting in the system:

Unfortunately work on the documentary had to be put on hold for years due to Carlos' addiction problems, as you can see addressed in the live stream below, recorded the night after he was treated at the emergency room:


Over the years I have spent everything I could afford on thousands of dollars worth of equipment to film this first documentary (4K camera, lenses, mics, recorder, etc.) however I need your help to be able to work on it due to the sheer expense of production.

Please, let's make this happen, join the Patreon!💪

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Tiers
Bronze Level
$1 or more per month
+Access the Patreon stream  

+Participate in monthly Patreon exclusive live stream Ask Me Anything videos

Silver Level
$5 or more per month
Everything in Bronze Level


+See videos before they are made public on YouTube

+See videos that are too controversial for YouTube

Gold Level
$25 or more per month
Everything in Bronze Level

Everything in Silver Level


+Get free Lee's Channel merchandise shipped to you every other month!   Examples of the types of items are shirts, hats, tote bags, mugs, etc.

I will cover shipping!

Don't forget to let me know what size you want!

International Patreons accepted!*


*Note for international Patreons, I will cover shipping at my  expense, but you are responsible for any taxes, fees, duties, etc.  I am  not responsible for any items lost in international shipment or  customs.  I can label the package as a gift if you feel that aid the  customs process.

Patreon Saint
$35 or more per month
Everything in Bronze Level

Everything in Silver Level

 

+A brand new, high quality piece of  clothing will be donated to a local youth shelter for every patreon  subscribed at the Patreon Saint level each and every month!

+A public video will be put up on the official Lee's Channel YouTube  channel every month showing the clothes being dropped off

+Patreon Saints will be credited at the end of each Patreon Saint clothing drop-off video!