"Swept Out," a film about poverty and homelessness in Columbus by Ohio Wesleyan University professor Mary Howard, will be shown at 3 p.m. on New Year's Day at Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse, 3055 Indianola Ave. in Columbus.

"Swept Out," a film about poverty and homelessness in Columbus by Ohio Wesleyan University professor Mary Howard, will be shown at 3 p.m. on New Year's Day at Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse, 3055 Indianola Ave. in Columbus.

The documentary, filmed from 2006 to the present, recently earned an honorable mention in the social issues category at the 56th annual Columbus International Film & Video Festival.

The screening is sponsored by Columbus-based Wild Goose Creative, a community-driven arts company that provides resources and support for local artists. The screening is part of the Creative's three-day New Year's Festival. Admission to the screening is $5 per person or available as part of larger festival packages. Visit www.wildgoosecreative.com for more information.

Howard, who teaches anthropology and film-making courses at Ohio Wesleyan, will participate in a question-and-answer session after the Jan. 1 screening.

"One of the main goals of making this film was to change the discussion of the problem of housing and homelessness in Columbus," she said. "There are hundreds of people living downtown in tent and shanty communities who need to be recognized and who need help. Since I began filming in 2006, the number of local people who are homeless has virtually doubled.

"I hope viewers leave the screening with a better appreciation of the intelligence and dignity of homeless people as they work to create a sense of community and to survive," Howard said. "I want viewers to understand that this could be about them or about someone they love. 'Swept Out' humanizes people whom I believe have become America's 'untouchables.' "

Howard is chair of Ohio Wesleyan's Department of Sociology/Anthropology.