Private Project


With the inadvertent help of a woman and her daughter, a homeless man's life is changed for a night.

  • Daniel Quitério
    Shear Pratique
  • Stephanie Dawson
    Hypothetically, Scout & Maggie, Death's Door
  • Daniel Quitério
    Shear Pratique
  • Laurie Carmel Rud
    Foster Dog, Girls Who Smoke
  • Joe Forbrich
    Key Cast
    Bridge of Spies, My Own Love Song, Freedomland
  • Monique Pappas
    Key Cast
    Crimes, Show Me a Hero
  • Makenna Pappas
    Key Cast
  • Erin Mairead O'Kane
    Key Cast
    Frost: The Last International Playboy, The Killing Floor
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  • Genres:
    Family, Children's film, Fairy Tale
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 28, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Daniel Quitério, Stephanie Dawson

Daniel Quitério was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and resides in New York City, where his film experience varies from screenwriting and directing to working with film festivals and blogging ( He has served on the screening committee of the renowned Hamptons International Film Festival for the past five seasons, and spent over six years as the Senior Film Editor of lifestyle blog, Limité

His love for film and TV has been partly realized through his work as a social media manager working with entertainment properties like USA Network, Bravo, E!, TV Land, truTV, and Lionsgate. While pursuing a graduate degree in advertising from The University of Texas at Austin, he briefly spent time studying screenwriting at the University’s highly rated Department of Radio-Television- Film. Quitério wrote short films “Shear Pratique” (2009) and “First Date” (2009). “In-Kind” is his directorial debut.

Stephanie Dawson hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and has over ten years experience working in film, television, and new media. Her credits include the upcoming The Dark Rite, written and directed by Richard LeMay; Kelly & Cal (IFC Films, 2014); Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014); and Beneath (Chiller Films, 2014).

Dawson has produced several short films, including the current festival hit “Hypothetically” (2013), “A Little Bit of More” (2010), and “Not Another Heist Movie” (2009), as well as web series Scout & Maggie (2014) and Death's Door (2011). In addition, she assisted independent producers Laurie Parker and Joyce Pierpoline, as well as director Alison MacLean. In her spare time, Dawson writes film reviews and features for the lifestyle blog Limité

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Director Statement

Ars gratia artis. “Art for art’s sake” is a worthwhile sentiment, but art for the sake
of affecting change means so much more. We sought to create “In-Kind” as a
means of beginning a conversation about the importance of kindness. Using
homelessness as the issue to establish this dialogue, we depict a true-to-life
scenario in which two worlds are represented: a warm, comfortable life shielded
from the elements, and a cold, harsh life exposed to the callous city streets. In
doing so, we collaborated with several talented artists and technicians who were
able to help us bring life to our vision. The story of the interior world of a middle-
class mother and her young daughter is told with steady camera movements and
bright and vivacious colors and textures. In contrast, the exterior world is
depicted through gritty, handheld camerawork and a cool color palette.
“Matching” editing techniques and music complement each world.

In telling our story, it is important that our characters remain nameless, in hopes
that each viewer could see a bit of herself or himself in one of them, thus
establishing a deeper connection with the theme of kindness. Our goal was
always to create an “urban fairytale” with as much realism as possible. To that
end, we found a talented, real-life mother-daughter pair who could depict a
natural chemistry on camera. Their co-star, who plays an unfamiliar homeless
man, was kept apart from the actresses until the moment they interacted on set,
in hopes to achieve a realistic, if not slightly uncomfortable, meeting with the

Finally, we decided to use light as a motif to represent pure intentions and the
enlightened point of view one gains with an open heart and mind. Whether it was
through a lamp, a flashlight, the sun, or the moon, our aim is to shed a new light
on the issue of homelessness and the understanding that a modest act of
kindness has the potential to change lives for the better. You don’t need much
money or time. A simple smile or gesture will do.