November 21, 2014 8:56 pm
The Homestretch is now playing in week-long theatrical runs in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, ahead of an iTunes release this Tuesday, November 25th. It arrives in theaters just as a new study shows that youth homelessness is at a record high across the USA.
Praised by critics for its empathy and advocacy, and generating a groundswell of positive action and awareness, Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly's film can be seen at the Maysles Cinema in New York (with the directors attending several screenings), the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles.
The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers - Roque, Kasey and Anthony - will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.
Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.
One of the film's protagonists, Anthony Lynch, made two TV appearances this week in Chicago, describing how he overcame life on the streets to build a fledging career for himself. Watch them below.
The Homestretch is now available to purchase for educational institutions via Bullfrog Films. Several academic reviewers have praised the films, with comments such as:
"The most powerful narrative on homeless youth I have seen." - Joseph Murphy, Professor of Education, Vanderbilt University
"A moving and insightful look into the complexities of youth homelessness through the stories of three homeless young adults and the challenges they face. Through these personal stories, the film provides an entry point to a larger discussion of the systemic barriers to eradicating youth homelessness." - Alan Dettlaff, Associate Professor of Social Work, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Please contact the filmmakers if you would like to screen the film.