June 19, 2013 1:05 pm
Great news for The Homestretch: the film was selected to take part in the Sundance Institute's 2013 Documentary Edit and Story Labs, and is a finalist for funding from the San Francisco Film Society 2013 Documentary Fund! The Sundance Institute's Documentary Edit and Story Labs brings together just 9 director and editor teams with world-renowned documentary filmmakers and Sundance Institute staff to support creative risk-taking around issues of story, dramatic structure and character development. From Friday, July 5 - Saturday, July 13 The Homestretch director/producers Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare will attend with editor Leslie Simmer. The San Francisco Film Society's 2013 SFFS Documentary Film Fund awards upto $100,000 to selected feature-length documentaries in postproduction. The 13 finalists were selected from more than 200 applications, and winners will be announced in late July. To be homeless and in high school is a challenge that no young person should have to face. Yet each year, over 1.6 million young people find themselves homeless, many without parental support. In Chicago, there are almost 17,000 homeless students registered in the public school system. The majority of them are adolescents fighting to make it through the final years of high school. The Homestretch is their story. This great news comes as The Homestretch looks to complete final production and editing, for which it still needs crucial funding. You can support the film here, and follow progress on Facebook and Twitter.