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HALIMA TAMMY THOMPSON

Executive Producer  |  Poverty Expert

Tammy experienced poverty first hand, when her family moved to Pittsburgh in 1979, with only $65 and the promise of a job for her father. The job fell through, and the family ended up on the streets. Years later, knowing that there had to be more to life than poverty, low self-esteem and depression, Tammy managed to attend college and become a Paralegal. Now, Tammy is the Owner/Operator of Thompson Real Estate Consulting, is a Certified Paralegal, who has been working in the real estate industry for over 15 years. For the past 10 years she has developed and facilitated curriculum that focuses on the emotional impact that poverty has on families. She continues to offer credit counseling and Financial Education to families seeking self-sufficiency through wealth building at Thompson Real Estate Consulting.

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MICHAEL SAVISKY

Producer  |  Director  |  Cinematographer

Michael is a Pittsburgh-based entrepreneur, filmmaker and the founder of Make Roots, a film production company. Michael has spent the past thirteen years helping local and global companies tell the human side of their stories and connect with audiences. He lives in Point Breeze with his wife Ashley and three sons. Michael's passion for this project stems from his experience of rural poverty as a young man, living with his family in a rundown, secluded trailer in the backwoods of Georgia. Many factors hoisted the family out of that situation. But that time serves Michael as a reminder of the complex and generational barriers that can and do keep so many families in the trenches.