What used to be a proud blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia is now a deteriorating haven for drugs, crime, and prostitution. Kensington is famous for the place to get your fix; and for the place you end up stuck when you’ve let your vices get the best of you.
For the last five years, Philly-based photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge has been taking intimate portraits of current residents (‘survivors’) in Kensington. But the stories he finds here aren’t just about Philly: Jeffrey’s photographs and raw interviews show a side of the desperation, hopelessness, and broken dreams that plague America’s addicts across the country.
Through a walk with Jeffrey on the Avenue, we get a glimpse of what it’s like to survive on Kensington.
Theatrical Premiere at Filmadelphia at the Roxy, Philadelphia, 2014
Official Selection, Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival 2015
Directed by : Mo Scarpelli
Co-Directed by : Jeffrey Stockbridge
Photography + Audio recordings by Jeffrey Stockbridge
Cinematography + Editing by Mo Scarpelli
Music : Scouts
A RAKE Films production // rakefilms.com
Meet more survivors of Kensington Avenue at kensingtonblues.com
See photographic prints from this project now at Savery Gallery: http://www.saverygallery.com