Transcript: To The End of Poverty | Oct 17, 2012

A red slate appears. Captions appear on it. They read “Why poverty? Ask why! TVO”
A female voice over reads the slate.

A man and a woman appear; they walk down a street carrying a guitar.

A caption below them reads “Tomboyfirend is an Indie pop band founded by Ryan Kamstra.”

Ryan sings a song.

The lyrics go as follows,
IT DIDN'T WORK OUT
AND NOBODY WANTS YOU
YOU'VE DONE THIS TO YOURSELF
YOU'RE A SQUEEGEE
A RATFINK
A LANDSLIDE
WE'LL BE FREE IN THE
CITY SOON

As he sings images of the hustle and bustle of the city appear; as well as a caption that reads “He wrote the song End of poverty as an anthem of hope for people living on the fringes.”

Ryan plays his guitar. He’s in his thirties, has short brown hair and is clean-shaven. He’s wearing a white t-shirt and a blue and white cap.

He sings AND THE TRANNY
AT THE PARTY
HIS GIRLFRIEND'S GONE
SCORING COKE FROM A JOHN
AND SHE'S A LONG GONE
BABY DOLL
IN A MOD GOWN
AND THEY'RE DOWN, DOWN
ON THE STATE
DOWN WITH ALL THIS
GOOD NEW SHIT

People gather round him to listen.
Fast clips show views of the city walls and traffic.

He continues NEVER BEEN TO PARIS
NEVER BEEN INNOCENT
IF THAT TOUCH THAT'S IN
YOUR SKIN DON'T FEEL
AND YOU'RE BOTH NAKED
AS PEELERS

A group of four women standing by him do the chorus for the song.

He goes on AND IF DON'T TEACH
AND YOU'VE TRIED
AND IF IT DON'T REACH
AND YOU'VE TRIED
IF THE NIGHT THAT'S ON THESE
CITY HEIGHTS
DON'T LIGHT AND THEY
TRASH TALK THE DJ
IF IT DON'T BEAT
WHEN IT DON'T BEAT
AND IT DON'T BEAT
SO, THIS IS MY SPOT.

A title appears on screen; it reads “To the end of poverty.”

Ryan walks through tall grass and slides down some rocky terrain. A sign on a fence reads “No trespassing.”

He says YOU CAN ONLY COME HERE IF
YOU KNOW IT, BASICALLY.
THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE
FENCED IT OFF MEANS

He goes through a hole in the fence that leads to the shore.

He explains IT'S A LOT MORE PRIVATE
AND REMOTE.
PART OF ITS SOLITUDE IS
IT'S ON PRIVATE LAND,
BUT IT'S NEVER BEEN
DEVELOPED,
WHICH IS FAIRLY RARE
FOR TORONTO.

He walks on the pebbly beach and says
I CAME HERE AT A POINT
WHICH WAS NOT
THE HAPPIEST POINT
IN MY LIFE.
THERE'S BEEN TWO
OCCASIONS IN MY LIFE
WHEN I'VE BEEN
WITHOUT HOME.

He sits on a fallen tree trunk and says ONE OF THE DECISIONS I MADE FOR
MYSELF IN THAT IS IN NO WAY
DID I EVER WANT PEOPLE TO TREAT
ME THAT I WAS HOMELESS.
SO PART OF THIS WAS, I
WOULD COME DOWN HERE
AND PRETEND THAT I
WAS CAMPING.
IT'S A BEAUTIFUL AREA
AND IT WAS AN AREA
WHERE I WAS ALL ON MY OWN.
I THINK IF I HAD TO LIVE
IN THE URBAN SQUALOR,
AND HAVE PEOPLE CONSTANTLY
REFLECTING TO ME
THAT I WAS A
HOMELESS PERSON,
I THINK IT WOULD HAVE DONE
SOMETHING TO MY SANITY
THAT THIS PLACE DIDN'T.

A clip shows Ryan singing on the streets.

The lyrics of the song go SUCCESS CAN MAKE
THINGS HARDER
SUCCESS CAN MAKE
THINGS COLD
HUNGER STILL MAKES
YOUR UNDERSHORTS
SUCCESS HAS MADE A
FAILURE OF OUR HOME
FROM THE GALAXY OF GUTENBERG
TO THE VIDEODROME
WHERE THE TEENS AND TWEENS
THEY WANT TO ROCK AND MOAN
THEY WANT TO PIERCE THEIR SEX

A clip shows Ryan skate in a park.

He continues AND FEEL THEIR FEET
BUT THE MUSIC DON'T BEAT

Ryan sits on the log and explains PART OF THE INSPIRATION FOR THE
SONG “THE END OF POVERTY”
WAS A BOOK OF POPULAR
ECONOMICS BY JEFFREY SACHS
CALLED “THE END OF POVERTY.”
IN IT HE GAVE AN APOLOGY
FOR NEOLIBERAL ECONOMICS.

A clip shows a pile of rubbish on the outskirts of the city.

He continues PART OF THIS IS THE IDEA OF
OPEN ECONOMIES, WITHOUT FAIL,
BEING ABLE TO OUTPACE
CLOSED ECONOMIES.
I BEGAN TO THINK OF THIS PLACE,
MY SACRED PLACE, MY REFUGE
AS A PROTOTYPICAL
CLOSED ECONOMY.
AND THOUGH, IN A WAY, IT
REALLY DID SAVE ME,
I HAD TO KEEP HIDDEN FROM
THE WORLD TO STAY HERE.
THE LESLIE SPIT IS ACTUALLY
MADE UP OF DISCARDED PORTIONS
OF THE HIGHWAY, BROKEN FOUNDRY
FROM HOUSES, OR WHATEVER.
PART OF THE BOLLOCKS FOR ME OF
THIS PLACE THAT WAS ALWAYS
KIND OF LATENT, IS THAT IT'S
A PLACE WHERE GARBAGE GETS
TRANSFORMED BACK INTO NATURE.

Clips show the water come into the shore. Pieces of houses and objects are washed up on the shore.

He walks on the beach and says IT'S HARD, YOU KNOW,
FOR THOSE OF US
WHO DON'T KNOW HOW TO
MAKE MONEY,
WHO DON'T KNOW HOW THE
MAGIC OF ECONOMIES WORK
TO TOTALLY BELIEVE THESE
TEXTS AND WHAT'S PUT TO US.
AND YET IT'S IMPOSSIBLE
NOT TO HAVE THAT HOPE
TO STRIVE THAT ONE
DAY YOU'LL MAKE IT.

He sings on DOWN, DOWN TALL BUILDING
DOWN SMALL BUILDING
DOWN, DOWN LITTLE HOUSE
DOWN BIG HOUSE
DOWN, DOWN CITY BLOCK

The song alternates with clips of the city buildings and diggers as they work on constructions sites.

He sings DOWN GRIDLOCK
DOWN, DOWN COMMUTERS' LANE
DUMB BRAIN
DOWN, DOWN TALL BUILDING
DOWN SMALL BUILDING
DOWN, DOWN LITTLE HOUSE
DOWN BIG HOUSE
DOWN, DOWN CITY BLOCK
DOWN GRIDLOCK
DOWN, DOWN COMMUTERS' LANE
DUMB BRAIN

He stops singing as the strap on his guitar made of wool comes undone.

He laughs and comments MY BEAUTIFUL STRAP CAME UNDONE.

The women standing close by say THAT'S POVERTY!
THAT'S THE END
OF POVERTY!

He tries to tie it and says I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT.
I THOUGHT IT WAS FAILSAFE.
THE MAN WHO SOLD THAT TO ME
TOLD ME THAT WAS HIGH END.
AND THIS IS NOT IN TUNE,
SO I COULDN'T HEAR MYSELF.

The end credits roll.

Produced by Adrienne Amato for TVO.

Director, Adrienne Amato.

Cinematographer, Derek Rogers.

Camera Assistant, Raj Nandy.

Aditional Camera, Adrienne Amato.

Location Sound, Sean Munavish.

Editor, Jake Chirico.

Sound Editor, Elma Bello.

Re-recording mixers, Daniel Pellerin, Matthew Chan.

Featuring members of Tomboyfriend, Ryan Kamstra, Teresa Fulker, Pamela Sloan, Bonnie Bowman, Adriana Alarcon.

The red slate appears again. It reads “Why poverty? Ask why!, TVO”

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