Glen Dunzweiler is a filmmaker, producer, public speaker and former college professor whose documentary, yHomeless?, is available on Amazon Prime and whose book, Things I’ve Learned From The Homeless, is on KDP Select.
Dunzweiler’s interest in homelessness in the U.S. arose after his own career as a live event production designer and college professor hit a snag. While furloughed in 2008 from his job at UC Riverside, he faced the very real threat of being without a home when he could not pay his own mortgage and a call to his bank yielded some unsettling information; the bank would not talk to him about renegotiating his payments until he stopped making them. Mortified that he would have to make himself financially vulnerable and potentially homeless before the bank would help him, he became curious about who becomes homeless and why. The research he conducted and the repurposing of the funds that his bank wouldn’t accept led him to a new career as a filmmaker.
In 2015, he moved from a professorship at CSU San Bernardino to Los Angeles to focus on the business side of entertainment. He found distribution for yHomeless? and began work on his second film, a biopic about a former student.
In addition to filmmaking and book authoring, Dunzweiler is a public speaker in which he shares insights gained from working with the homeless and with community leaders; strategies for navigating the differences between academic and business success for students; and tips for smoother presentations for corporate audiences.
Only now beginning to seek publicity, he has been quoted in The Press-Enterprise newspaper in Riverside, Calif., and been a guest on multiple radio programs in the past few months.
His new YouTube series Skid Row Speakers aims to share inspiration from the homeless.