March 18, 2014 11:12 am
The Homestretch will world premiere at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival this April!
Co-directors Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly said: "We are so proud that our new film will show for the first time at this incredible film festival. It is the largest documentary film festival in North America, and its commitment to non-fiction cinema makes it the perfect home for The Homestretch."
In a burst of simultaneous good news, The Homestretch today vaulted to their Kickstarter crowdfunding goal! With 11 days still to spare, the project is already 115% funded thanks to 225 generous backers. These funds will allow the filmmakers to fully complete the film, travel with their subjects to Hot Docs, and launch a 2-year audience engagement campaign aimed at raising awareness of the issues facing homeless youth.
The Homestretch is the story of three homeless teens – Kasey, Roque and Anthony – who are at a pivotal moments in their young lives, working to finish high school and facing crucial next steps. They introduce us to a complex and haunting landscape of couch-hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families and to a school system that is on the front lines of this crisis. We are looking forward to sharing the film with the world, at Hot Docs and beyond!
The film was recently featured in the Windy City Times. In the interview, Kirsten Kelly stated: "The number one obstacle that homeless youth advocates and social service organizations face in getting more support is getting the general public to overcome negative stereotypes of homeless youth. The film will bring a human face to this crisis and through the surprising journeys of these three kids—kids who have tremendous potential—it will build empathy and awareness of the realities of obstacles that homeless youth face."
Also at Hot Docs
- Kartemquin's Artistic Director and Co-founder Gordon Quinn will be attending as member of the 2014 Hot Docs Festival Jury. He will be judging the Best International Feature (selected from the International Spectrum program) and also select special jury prizes and emerging filmmaker awards in that category, along with jurors Tom Quinn and Anna Eborn.
- Kartemquin executive director Justine Nagan will also attend the festival, and will be part of the Hot Docs Conference & Market, being available for consulting as part of the "Rent-an-Expert" sessions.