April 18, 2013 12:34 pm
The Chicago Community Trust and the Polk Bros. Foundation have awarded funding to Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare's The Homestretch. The funding will enable further production on the project, as well as resources for audience outreach and education. The Homestretch is the story of the almost 17,000 homeless students registered in the Chicago public school system. The Homestretch was awarded $25,000 from the Chicago Community Trust for production as a part of their commitment to end homelessness. Principal photography is due to wrap up with the end of the school year this June. We are also delighted that the Chicago Community Trust will show a special preview presentation of The Homestretch at their 98th Anniversary Gala on April 30th. The grant from Polk Bros. Foundation is of $15,000 for the development and execution of advocacy and education campaign around the film as it nears completion. The Polk Bros. Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for the people of Chicago through partnerships with local nonprofit organizations that work to reduce the impact of poverty. To see and provide your essential feedback on an exclusive new clip of The Homestretch, join us for the second annual Kartemquin Spring Showcase at the Gene Siskel Film Center on May 19th. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.