The Homestretch

Dir. Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly

Status: COMPLETED
2014

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Director Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly
Completed 2014 Runtime 89


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SYNOPSIS

Three homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone to build a brighter future. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new, surprising definitions of home. Can they recover from traumas of abandonment and homelessness and build the future they dream of?

Long Film Synopsis

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.


With unprecedented access into the Chicago Public Schools, The Night Ministry’s Crib emergency youth shelter and Teen Living Programs’ Belfort House, The Homestretch follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families and a school system on the front lines of this crisis. The film, a co production between Spargel Productions and Kartemquin Films, examines the struggles these youth face in obtaining a high school level education, and then follows them beyond graduation to focus on the crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes and homeless youth struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent. A powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young, homeless and building a future in America today.

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National Advocacy, community engagement and public education programme.

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"The Homestretch" invites you to empathize with its subjects, to worry with them, to laugh with them, to worry about them. It's engaging and compelling viewing.

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