Before Project 16:49 was a non-profit organization, it was a program created by educators in Beloit and Janesville when the number of students identified as homeless reached alarming levels. This led to the 2010 documentary film, Sixteen Forty-Nine, featuring three homeless Beloit Memorial High School students. Directed by R.E. Burgos and produced by Robin Stuht, Sixteen Forty-Nine premiered at the Beloit International Film Festival in February 2011. This film generated so much awareness and response that the community stepped forward to help us form our organization to address the problem.
Previously available only as a DVD for purchase, you can now view the original film on YouTube by clicking below.
DVDs of the film are also still available for purchase. All proceeds support Project 16:49’s operations.