In the summer of 2009, Dan Parris, now 29, Rob Lehr, now 31, and David Peterka, now 26, challenged themselves to try to experience extreme poverty by living on $1.25 a day and journeyed across three continents to experience poverty in each country, documenting the experience for a film.
Parris and Lehr subsisted on $1.25 for 30 days, until they were in a plane crash that killed the pilot and co-pilot, and caused Parris to be hospitalized and require surgery.
Peterka continued for three-and-a-half more months.
Their journey and the experiences of the people they met along their path from America to Europe to Africa are chronicled in a feature-length documentary titled "What Matters?" [previously titled "Give a Damn?"], showing in Burbank at the AMC Burbank Town Center 6 for one day only on March 13.
"We just wanted to experience [poverty] ourselves and along the way we met with experts to really learn what the average person could do about fighting extreme poverty and how to care for the people on the ground," said Parris, producer and director of the film.