Bertha Britdoc Connect Fund awards grant to The Homestretch

The Homestretch was announced as one of just 8 projects to receive funding from the Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund, which helps support the impact around documentary films.

The selected films receive grants ranging from £5,000 to £50,0000 were selected from more than 130 applications.

The great news comes ahead of the film's US premiere at AFI Docs 2014 in Washington, D.C. on June 19th, with a second screening the following day. The film's New York City premiere will also be the next day, June 20th, at Lincoln Center for the 2014 Human Rights Watch Film Festival, with a screening on June 21st at IFC Center. The film's directors and stars will attend all 4 screenings. Get more details and tickets for all screenings.

The Homestretch follows three young people in Chicago as they strive to graduate high school and build their futures despite struggling with homelessness.

"With the film, we want to increase the empathetic understanding of youth homelessness, bolster the services available to youth, and overcome the political apathy that surrounds the issue. Through intensive research and observation while filming, we discovered that the number one obstacle to getting more support for these kids in crisis was a pervasive “negative stereotyping” of homeless youth. We set out to make a film that shattered that stereotype," said The Homestretch director/producers Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare in a statement on BritDoc's website. "Support from the Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund is critical in helping us capture the talented team and resources needed to affect change. This acknowledgement is affirmation that youth homelessness is a critical problem that needs our attention now."

The funds will allow The Homestretch to mount a campaign of screenings around the country this fall, with events specifically aimed at organizing stakeholders and advocates who can push action around the issue of youth homelessness. Please email homestretch@kartemquin to get involved or get more information.

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