There are more than 57,000 homeless people in Los Angeles. The big screen documentary Mighty Ground is the story of one of them.
In Mighty Ground, Ronald Troy Collins makes his way through the days by singing to people on the streets of downtown Los Angeles. As with most of the homeless, Collins is nearly invisible to the majority of passers-by, with all but a few refusing to even acknowledge his presence. But those who stop to listen find themselves captivated by the depth of his prophetic voice, and by the mystical songs he composes on the spot and directs at the listener’s soul.
Enchanted, these listeners find themselves making a deep and unfathomable connection with Ronald that crosses racial and economic lines. Recognizing that they need to hear his song as much as he needs to sing it to them, they stay. This is exactly what happened to producer Aimee Schoof and music supervisor William Dane in January of 2016. What began as a random encounter on a downtown LA street quickly turned into a tale of vitality, heartbreak and ultimately, redemption for all involved.
Picking up where the homeless as mere statistics drop off, Mighty Ground captures those auspicious moments when the people Collins has sung into his life collectively support and pray for his transformation, but the weight of his addiction threatens to derail his chances for redemption and recovery.