Gimme Shelter

GIMME SHELTER explores homelessness in Franklin County, North Carolina, and how these challenges are the challenges of the entire country.

GIMME SHELTER "puts plight of the homeless under a lense... to document the problem in Franklin County, speaking to those working to end the problem. Most importantly, they spoke to folks in varying stages of homelessness in Franklin County, allowing them to share their stories.
-Carey Johnson, The Franklin Times

  • Rob Underhill
  • Gauri Singh
  • Beverly Kegley
  • Rob Underhill
    Director of Photography
  • Rob Underhill
  • Beverly Kegley
  • Gauri Singh
  • Rob Underhill
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 14 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 18, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Louisburg College
    Louisburg, North Carolina
    United States
    July 22, 2023
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Rob Underhill, Gauri Singh, Beverly Kegley

GIMME SHELTER is co-Directed by Beverly J. Kegley & Gauri Singh & Rob Underhill

BEVERLY J. KEGLEY is a first time filmmaker.
Ms. Kegley grew up in eastern Kentucky, the daughter of home missionary s to the heart of Appalachia.
From working with the FBI in Washington DC, Beverly (Bev as she prefers to be called) made her way to North Carolina..
After working at Methodist Home for Children, she moved to Louisburg, Franklin County NC. In Louisburg Beverly was director of a group home for court-involved young women. Much of her life has been in service to and for others, in NC, KY, Venezuela and Guyana.
In 2004, while working with Franklin County Volunteers in Medicine, she met and became friends with Gauri Singh.
Ms. Singh ask Bev to join a new non-profit she had started, NC Indian and South Asian Film Festival. The next request from Gauri was to work with her on a film she had written depicting her father's life in India and the family's move to the United States, "Crossing Borders". She served as an interviewer on this award winning film.
Beverly developed an idea for a documentary about life in a mill village in North Carolina, titled Tapestry. The story revolved around the spiritual music that developed in this early mid-century
way of life. For this award winning film she served as a research consult and interviewer. It was at this time that she met Rob Underhill, of Rob Underhill Productions. these 3 have collaborated on a, as yet, unreleased film, "Sarees Across America". This is a light-hearted film exploring the beautiful dress of India and it's place in Americian culture. This was Beverly's introduction to acting.
In 2018 Beverly and local Pastors established the Franklin County Interfaith Council. This organization is trying to address, Hunger, Health, and Housing in Franklin County in a faith-based fashion. This is how "Gimme Shelter" evolved.
With Gimme Shelter, Bev learned the art of film production and editing. She plans to become involved in Documentary Studies. Seeing Documentary Filmmaking as a way to educate and engage an audiance. It is also a vehicle for marginalized populations to find and use their voices to bring about social juctice change.
Beverly is best known as a community volunteer, activist, and advocate. She is currently co-leading a local effort to save a historic small town theater.

GAURI SINGH is Grateful for God's presence, blessings, miracles, and hand in placing her in the correct place to bring forth the knowledge, experience, and tenacity to make social and wellness impact through films and the power of volunteerism in face of adversity. She brought the art of filmmaking and relationship into Franklin County, North Carolina which is bringing forth this film "Gimme Shelter" and many others which impact the community in a big way and accomplishes dreams of many. She is the Co-Founder of Wake Forest Film Festival and Rajmata Vimal of Patiala Charitable Organization (RVPCO). She is an award winning filmmaker and known for "Yadvi The Dignified Princess " which played in theatre in Beverly Hill, California, New York City, and many other in India and is now on Amazon Prime, Samosa which screened on Zee TV, Welcome to North Carolina, He-Too now on Disney+Hot Star, Crossing Borders - An American Story, GrandMaster Koh, & many others. She was featured as an Artist and appeared in many media mediums in Grey Area News, The Franklin Times, The Wake Weekly, The Hindustan Times, Spectrum News TV Channel, The Times of India Newspaper, Wikipedia, NewsIndiaTimes, Bollywood Hungama, minibox office, & Mumbai Day time news, She has volunteered on many boards from the Franklin County volunteers in Medicine for 6 years, United Arts Council Grant panel for 6 years, Franklin County arts Council for 1 year, Franklin Flicks Film Festival for 9 years, and led NCISAFF organization for 10 years. She has written more than dozen poems and five on North Carolina which are on poetry sites, and her photography appeared on WTVD weather news channel three times.

ROB UNDERHILL is a film & media director, producer, cinematographer, editor, writer. His feature films & more than 50 short-films have received over 150 awards, showcased at hundreds of screening engagements worldwide, including CANNES & Academy-qualifying film festivals like ST. LOUIS, SEATTLE & RIVERRUN. Rob’s work has received rave reviews from top film critics, earned endorsements from major public figures like UN Ambassador Andrew Young & former NC Governor Beverly Perdue, & has been featured on the NPR programs, THE STATE OF THINGS with Frank Stasio & THE STORY with Dick Gordon. Rob earned a BA in English from NCSU & was honored to accept the invitation to serve as featured speaker at the 2015 NCSU English department graduation commencement. His work has aired on the ASPiRE network, ShortsHD, & other national & international outlets. Carolina STYLE Magazine recognized Rob as one of 25 "Most Stylish People" influencing positive change in the Carolinas. He is a RAWards Indie Art Award recipient for Best Regional Filmmaker. In 2022, he received the QUSAR award for lifetime achievement in filmmaking by the 10th Raleigh Film and Art Festival.
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