Buzz builds for The Homestretch US & NYC Premieres

We are very excited that AFI Docs 2014 will host the US Premiere of The Homestretch tomorrow, June 19th. The film's New York City premiere will then be the next day, June 20th, at the 2014 Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Ahead of these screenings, more early reviews of the film have emerged - and they are superb! In the Village Voice, the film was called "a humane accomplishment," and The Washington Post called it "heart-wrenching," and picked it out as one of 'six to see' at AFI Docs.

Calling the film "unforgettable," Big Think compared the film favorably to Hoop Dreams, stating: "The Homestretch is a story of poverty, violence, loneliness, and pain, but it is also a story of courage, perseverance, compassion, and hope that may not offer the high-profile thrills of basketball glory, but may raise public consciousness of a generation we’re losing a little more each day."

The Homestretch, which follows three homeless youth in Chicago over multiple years as they strive to graduate high school, will screen at AFI Docs on 6:45PM on Thursday, June 19th at the AFI Silver Theatre. A second screening will take place at 11AM on June 20th at The Naval Heritage Theatre in Washington DC. Get tickets and information.

At the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York, The Homestretch will screen at 8:45PM on Friday, June 20 at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, and again at 7:00PM on Saturday June 21 at the IFC Center. Get tickets and information.

The three stars of the film and co-director Anne de Mare were on HuffPost Live discussing the film. Watch it here.

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As previously announced, Kartemquin is also very proud to have Life Itself as the closing night film of AFI Docs 2014, with director Steve James attending. Get ticket information.