About 

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Jenni Alpert (Birth name: Cameron, Cami) was born in Los Angeles, CA and adopted out of the foster care system at the age of four. She started to sing and play piano while staying in various foster homes. By the encouragement and support of her adoptive family, she learned to play the guitar as well and began writing and record songs. 

With her honest rich songwriting and soothing musical melodies, songstress Jenni Alpert’s haunting, powerful, and sultry voice has gained the respect of fans and music tastemakers worldwide (AOL music). Her emotionally driven songs weaves a unique web of eclectic Soul-Americana Pop. As familiar with jazz and Americana as she is pop, Alpert graduated from UCLA’s Ethnomusicology Department after completing a four-year jazz program headed by Kenny Burrell. No stranger to the recording studio, Alpert has released 8 albums, partnered up with Steve Greenberg from S-Curve Records for her most recent Live in the Studio release Until Then featuring guitarist Guthrie Trapp, and has independently toured over 14 countries with regularity.

Upon recently reuniting with her biological father who was homeless, addicted, and running from the law at the time, yet a musician just like her, a documentary film team decided to make a film Homeless: the Soundtrack about their reunion and the unique bond they share. The two perform and share their biological reunion story together along side supporting the film as a duo under the name Cami and Don. Read More

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Recent Press 

Epoch Times Article written by Masha Savitz

Catch a recent performance of (aka singer songwriter Jenni Alpert) Cami and her birth father Don, A Biological Duo, Story Share, w Q & A at Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission Van Nuys Help Center w/ NBC Nightly 



Read more backstory on our biological reunion story (in 3 parts) on Groknation edited by Mayim Bialik.
View documentary short trailer Homeless: the Soundtrack directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky. 

Take a listen to Who am I Really Podcast with singer songwriter Jenni Alpert (aka birth name Cami) Interview about adoption and reunification with fellow adoptee and host Damon Davis. 
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Upcoming Events  

Lots of cool events going on in the next few months. We will be joining people all over the city to join in conversations about topics ranging from Homelessness, Foster Care, Adoption, Reunions, and Transformation. For more information and performance times during events see below.

Sat Oct 5th . 11:30am . The Weekend to End Homelessness . 18255 Victory Blvd Reseda CA91355 . Mayor Garcetti (at 10:15am)

Sat Oct 26th . 7pm . CUB Retreat on Adoption and Reunions . Portofino Hotel . Redondo Beach

Nov 3rd . 11am . Foster Care Awareness Mitzvah Day . Temple Aliyah.  Woodland Hills

Sat Nov 16th . 1pm . Adoptee Voices Panel . Celia Center Event . Vista Del Mar . Culver City

Sat Dec 7th . 5pm . The World's Big Sleep Out to end Homelessness, Elysian Park, Los Angeles

How to Support Hope of The Valley

A Short Documentary 

Homeless: The Soundtrack is a short documentary created and directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky produced by Chockstone Pictures and Vermilion Films about the reunion of my birth father and I which explores the dichotomy of two totally different worlds where music bonds together an incredible relationship and underscores an extraordinary transformation after having been separated for over thirty years.

READ MORE ABOUT OUR REUNION STORY HERE
Written by Jenni Alpert (Cami) and Don Logsdon 
Edited by Mayim Bialik, Published by Groknation

After years of being estranged from both her birth parents from having been placed in the foster care system to be adopted out in the early years of her life, having missed the opportunity to met her birth mother when she was still living, years later with the assistance of a private investigator, Alpert found and reunited with her biological father. During their first meeting, which was initially all that had been intended, upon introducing herself as her birth name “Cami” to connect the early dots of both their pasts, she discovered he was happily homeless, running from the law, and addicted to drugs, yet also a musician just like her. A few weeks into their reunion, her birth father chose to leave a life of petty crime and drugs behind to join forces with Alpert. As their incredible developing relationship took flight, she met Chockstone Productions producers Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz who upon hearing details their reunion story and reading ‘Home is Where My Heart Is’ the self penned article by the duo about Alpert’s adoption and their biological reunion story edited by friend Mayim Bialik and published by Groknation, Chockstone producer Steve Schwartz introduced Alpert to award-winning, Oscar nominated, Peabody and Emmy award winning documentary film director Irene Taylor Brodsky who later followed, filmed, and interview the dynamic duo during the second phase of their relationship detailing their life stories apart as well as their reunion and life now together. As Alpert aided her birth father through different stages of rehabilitation, acclimation, and self-discovery alongside getting to know him personally and musically, they began developing recording and performing music as a dynamic biological duo team. Documentary maker Brodsky filmed many days of them together editing what was to become the documentary short “Homeless: The Soundtrack” which to date was selected and screened at Tribeca Film Festival 2018 and honored with a Jury Award, won best short film at Nantucket Film Festival 2018, Honorable Mention at the Milwaukee Film Festival, Jury Mention Award at Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, screened at the Laemmle Royal Theater in West Los Angeles, and is shortlisted for an IDA award in the short doc category. 


View Trailer Here:

Live at Rocky Mountain Film Festival and Springs Rescue Mission 

Rocky Mountain Film Festival

Springs Rescue Mission
These photos are of a profound moment listening to my birth father Don speak when we visited with, performed for, and spoke to folks at Springs Rescue Mission in Colorado Springs, CO while we were granted an opportunity to visit Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival where Homeless: the Soundtrack was screened.  WATCH HERE 

Hope of the Valley Thanksgiving

Home is Where the Heart is Program 

This is moving program was hosted by Beth AM and moderated by Mayim Bialik with singer songwriter Jenni Alpert (also referred to by her birth name Cami) and her birth father Don, subjects from the film Homeless: the Soundtrack. Here they were invited to share their personal reunion journey, speak on many themes related to the bravery of transformation, homelessness, addiction, foster care, adoption, and biological reunions offering encouragement and empowerment to communities at large, and to perform original music together.

WATCH PART 1 HERE
WATCH PART 2 HERE

READ ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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Rehearsing for Home is Where the Heart Is

Dear Students of Colorado Springs 

Homeless: The Soundtrack was shared with a continuation school in CO Springs this week before Don and I headed there to join the film director and her son for the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival where Homeless: the Soundtrack, the short doc about the reunion of my birth father and I will be screening there, and here are some of their heartwarming responses...... We are touched to say the least. We are so glad you enjoyed the film, what great work you did. Thank you. 

Click HERE to view more letters and art. 

Rocky Mountain Women's Festival  

NEWS: Screenings, Q & A, Performances 
We are proud to announce that Homeless: the Soundtrack will be screening at Rocky Mountain Women’s Festival this November and they have invited us to attend and perform. In addition on Sunday we will be performing at Spring Rescue Mission and offering some of our instruments for use while we are there. We couldn’t be more thrilled.  For those of you who will be attending, we hope to see you. You can get tickets here.

 

Homeless: the Soundtrack Events 

NEWS: Malibu Film Society  
Guest Speaking and Performing songs from Homeless: the Soundtrack  

Thank you Malibu Film Society for having us this evening as apart of your incredible program to aid the homeless. Additional thanks to Steve Schwartz & Paula Mae Schwartz, Irene Taylor Brodsky, Tahria Sheather and all the Homeless: The Soundtrack documentary team. www.MalibuFilmSociety.org 


NEWS
Homeless: the Soundtrack will be screening at the LAEMMLE ROYAL THEATER in Los Angeles for one week this month. 

Fri Aug 31st - Thurs Sept 6th (matinee - 12:45p) 
Homeless: The Soundtrack 
The Laemmle Royal Theater 
11523 Santa Monica Blvd. (1st floor) 
Los Angeles, CA 90025 
Tickets


You may have noticed over the last two years a zillion posts and shares from me mostly in the form of photos along with an autobiographical story link that my dear friend Mayim shared on her platform Groknation documenting the adventures and daily life of the reunion between my birth father and I, sharing his self proclaimed transformation, as well as a trailer to a short documentary that was made about us since we reunited just under two years ago. 

Well, next week as it so happens, that very short documentary (26min) that Don my birth father and I are featured in about our reunion and life together called Homeless: the Soundtrack created and directed by Oscar nominated, Peabody and Emmy winning documentary director Irene Taylor Brodsky will be showing in Los Angeles at THE LAEMMLE ROYAL THEATER on Santa Monica Blvd from this Aug 31st through Sept 7th during their matinee hour once a day all week long and we would love for you to know about it in the event that you may be able to see it. 

THE FILM 
Homeless: The Soundtrack (trailer) is a short documentary about the reunion of my birth father and I explores the dichotomy of two totally different worlds where music bonds together an incredible relationship after having been separated for over thirty years. It tells the story of how I found my birth father Don living on the streets of Los Angeles living a life of drugs and petty crime running from the law, his self proclaimed transformation once we met, and our journey to know one another through the music we play together. It’s a very intimate story nestled in the larger pressing issue of homelessness in Los Angeles. 

Thus far, the documentary has made its way through several film festivals this summer. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and won a Jury mention, won best short film at Nantucket Film Festival. And while Don and I are playing music regularly around LA at local venues and for homeless centers and shelters, the filmmakers are making the film eligible for Academy Award consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category and we are touched to of been asked to do this and share our story.


You can read about our reunion story here: 
Published by #Groknation edited by #MayimBialik 
Part 1 
Part 2 
Part 3
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LOOKING BACK, WHILE STEPPING FORWARD 

This August is the two year mark of the very first gig Don and I ever played together live on a stage. I had known my birth father just about two weeks by this point after having help from a private investigator locate an address where Don received his mail, finally meeting him, then essentially going into what I called in “the field” slightly under cover spending days shadowing Don on the streets day and night observing and getting to know him while he was still living his previous life at the time. Regularly running from the law, committing petty crimes, and still getting high on drugs, we had spent about ten days up to this point reading books together, visiting museums, music events, eateries, craft coffee shops, beaches, taking walks and staying up late out on the streets in Don’s world discovering a connection and our commonalities - music being one of them. Despite the drugs, the gangs, the potential dangers and so on, I had prepared and stayed aware all the while loosing myself in the wonders of getting to know my birth father and it was a thrill to say the least. Not long after our adventures began, I finally started to reveal bits and pieces about myself sharing my own life stories, musicianship, and eventually invited Don to perform with me at a show I had scheduled. At that point he still only knew me as Cami (Cameron, my birth name) his curious and interested biological daughter but soon was to learn the life and story of my other path, having been adopted out of the foster care system and into the home of the Alpert’s by age four - my life and music as Jenni Alpert. Little did we know that just a few weeks after I picked Don up from being released from jail once having turned himself in to stop running from the law, and shy of the several days after setting him up in a temporary safe space familiar to the style Don was used to yet secure, protected, and close to where I lived at the time to continue our daily “family fun field trips” developing our new relationship which would later transpired into the journey that has been us together and Don’s self proclaimed transformation into a new life and his first time release out of “the system” since he was eight years old upon reunifying, we would be introduced to brilliant documentary film maker Irene Taylor Brodsky (http://moveablefest.com/irene-taylor-brodsky-homeless/) and have the privilege of being interviewed by her. Upon the days that came to pass spending more time with one another Irene shadowing us, she developed what is now a short documentary Homeless: The Soundtrack which depicts our story, finding and connecting with my birth father as music threads our life stories together and we are just so touched. Below are some photos of time spent with Irene and her documentation of us.

The Doc Crew, The Producers, The Transformation

Below are a few photos taken by Justin Cornell a young fantastic DP who noticed us first during one of our early “family fun field trips” - dinner on a sidewalk and joined us a few times while Don was deciding to turn himself in to the law and make some choices to be able to spend more time together in safer ways. I am proud to share these photos as a visual ode to the incredible self proclaimed transformation that is Don today.It’s hard to believe that two years ago this month, my birth father, of whom I had reunited with a few weeks earlier that year for the first time since I was taken away and placed in the foster care system with their hopes I’d have a better future, decided to change his entire way of life from: using heavy drugs of every kind, committing petty crimes to maintain the lifestyle, and run from the law constantly high in between prisons (over seven to be exact) and homeless on the street having been in “the system” since he was eight years old to: something uncharted; turn himself in by his own will to serve out the jail time for running, stop doing drugs and living a life of crime, and try new safe things in order to continue to get to know me his biological daughter in a safer way all his own ideas on his own accord. Below are a selection of photos and screen shots of music experiences we have shared together.

Personal Photos of Don's Self Proclaimed TransformationSince then, we have paved a way for an incredible life day by day filled with “family fun field trip” activities, music, volunteering, donating, enriching, educating, sharing, and learning together and it has been an amazing journey. We are proud to share our story with you and I am proud to know the man who against all odds chose a path of transformation. Below are just few photos of some of the adventures we have had.


Teeth donated from UCLA Dental School!


Free from the system for the first time since age nine

Biological Reunion Symposium; Performance | Q & A

My birth Parents and my Adoptive Family

We share out story in hopes to inspire all of yours. To all of you who have supported us and helped Don experience so many things he never has had before, I thank you for being a part of our journey and for adding so much to his. 

Cami (Jenni Alpert) 

MORE ON US 
Click here you can watch: performances, interviews, and v-blogs. 

Feature: Live in a professional recording studio for Don’s first time with a selection of some of LA’s finest session musicians. 

Feature: A flashback into the beginning of our journey together after having reunited, pieces of the story of my birth father and I featuring the song Morningside by John Gorka. 

Click here to peruse our photo diary of all we have shared in the last two years. 

UPCOMING DATES: 
Sept 22 . 9pm . Hotel Cafe 
Oct 20th . 6pm . Malibu Film Festival 

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Tribeca Film Festival 2018 

NEWS
Excited to announce that Homeless: The Soundtrack, a documentary made about my biological father and I, received a Jury Mention Award at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

View Trailer Here:

The Film at Tribeca Film Festival 2018


* Special thank you to Gibson and Bose

More Photos Here
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Announcing that Homeless: the Soundtrack directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky will be screening at Tribeca Film Festival this year. Tickets and info for the screenings of our documentary short are on sale here: Tribeca Film Guide: Homeless the Soundtrack. Catch the premiere on Saturday April 21st 2018 ~ 6:30p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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