Cost of Compassion

A homeless Angelino begs for money and respect from a young businessman at the bus stop.

  • Darion Allen
  • Darion Allen
  • Joseph Gould
  • Alexandria Ferguson
  • Brian Releford
    Key Cast
  • Charles Donahue
    Key Cast
  • Bree K. Jones
    Key Cast
  • Emma Winslow-Smith
    Key Cast
  • Samantha Chung
    Key Cast
    "Woman at Bus Stop"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
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  • Runtime:
    6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 4, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Loyola Marymount University
Director Biography - Darion Allen

Born and raised in the Florence-Graham neighborhood of Los Angeles by his mother and grandmother, Darion Allen is a young black man with a strong sense of self and unwavering respect for all cultures. From a young age, he developed a “by any means necessary” mentality that helped him overcome the perils of my environment. Growing up among an assortment of cultures lead to comfort working with people of all backgrounds, which is a skill Darion incorporates as an aspiring black filmmaker.

Darion is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he attained a B.S. in Personal Finance, B.S. in Communication Arts, Certificate in Digital Studies, and Certificate in Digital Cinema Production

Currently, Darion is a graduate student pursuing his Master's of Fine Arts with Loyola Marymount University's program in Film & TV Production. With an ultimate goal to become a prominent figure in contemporary Hollywood cinema, Darion is dedicated to writing and directing films that encapsulate the essence of the black experience and contribute to the ongoing efforts to develop a holistic image of blackness in film. By focusing on creating authentic depictions of black culture, Darion hopes to bring people closer to understanding what it truly means to be black in this world. Darion plans on serving black and brown communities by designing film curriculums to instill the fundamentals of filmmaking in the next generation of visionaries.

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Director Statement

Cost of Compassion is a short film in which an upper-class businessman is forced to share the same space as a homeless man for a few minutes. Raised in South Los Angeles, I have observed homelessness for the entirety of my life. In the streets, on the bus, under the freeway, etc. The unfortunate reality is that high levels of homelessness has become normalized in parts of the city, particularly communities of color. As a result, homeless people are scattered all over the city but, in large, they are ignored. Cost of Compassion shines light on the country’s praise of an individualistic mindset that highlights privacy and minimizes community. Thereby, minimizing the sense of compassion overall. Through this dynamic, I aim to comment on the grander structure of the human experience in America while also drawing attention to the homeless epidemic that is plagues major cities in America, such as Los Angeles.