The Homestretch screens for 1200 CPS staff

This August 1200 staff from Chicago Public Schools viewed a special fifteen minute selection from The Homestretch ahead of the start of the new school year - and the first Chicago run of the film.

The staff were present for Homeless Liaison Training, receiving information and resources designed to help them in their work assisting the estimate 19,000+ homeless youth registered in CPS schools. Read more about the powerful impact the film had on the staff that day at the film's blog.

Tickets are now on sale for the Chicago run of Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare's film, which plays from September 12-18 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Multiple screenings have sold out in advance. An invite-only Chicago premiere hosted by the MacArthur Foundation on September 8th is also sold-out.

Shot over the course of five years with unprecedented access into the Chicago Public Schools, The Night Ministry’s The Crib emergency youth shelter, and Teen Living Programs’ Belfort House, The Homestretch follows three teens—Roque, Kasey and Anthony-- through a complex and haunting Chicago landscape of couch-hopping, emergency shelters, makeshift homes, and a school system that is struggling to cope with this crisis.

The film was recently praised as "powerful" by Shadow and Act / IndieWIRE, and most notably by the Slash Film blog, writing "The teens tell their own stories and, as they explain what has brought them to their present state, it’s damn near impossible to look away and not try to wonder what could possibly happen to people like this who are at the proverbial crossroads in life."

The Homestretch (2014 documentary) trailer from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo.

Email homestretch@kartemquin.com to set up screenings of the film and find more information.