US and New York Premieres set for The Homestretch

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

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.

On their website, AFI Docs notes that “this festival is the only one of its kind to connect audiences and documentary filmmakers to policy leaders in the seat of our nation's government.” It was thus a perfect match The Homestretch, which over the course of its multi-year outreach campaign hopes to not only change perceptions of homeless youth, but impact legislation that affects these young people.

AFI Docs Premiere attendees will include the director’s Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, as well as all four of the film’s main subjects. The Homestretch’s national partners, The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) and The National Association for the Education of Children and Youth (NAECHY), will also be in attendance. These organizations, both headquartered in DC, are working on Capitol Hill, championing bills that will help get homeless youth the support they need.

In New York, both screenings at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented with True Colors Fund, one of The Homestretch’s national partners. This organization, co-founded by Cindy Lauper, works to end GLBT youth homelessness.

“In selecting films for the festival, Human Rights Watch concentrates equally on artistic merit and human rights content” says HRWFF’s website. The Homestretch is honored to be acknowledged as both art and advocacy by this noble organization.

The world premiere of The Homestretch was this May 2014 at Hot Docs, where it received wide acclaim. The film’s presence at AFI Docs and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival continue what is poised to be widespread festival and theatrical run through 2014.

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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.