The Homestretch
Directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly
Produced by Kartemquin Films, Spargel Productions

Summary

THE HOMESTRETCH is a documentary that follows these three homeless youth, as they navigate completing their high school education and face the crucial transition after graduation. As the personal stories of these three teens unfold, the film connects with larger policy issues of juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBT rights.

Challenge

Saturate the Greater Chicago Area with film screenings and panel discussions to build awareness of the issue of local youth homelessness with general public. 

Results

  • Coordinated over 150 community screenings, theatrical engagements, impact screenings and special programs for youth and stakeholders with the directors and film subjects in the Greater Chicago Area. 
     
  • Coordinated the Chicago theatrical premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center. It was the highest grossing, single-screen theatrical opening of any film in the country that week. 
     
  • Spoke on post-screening panels about outreach and impact goals for the film campaign.
     
  • Through screening events, we increased capacity for fundraising for direct-service organizations.