The Homestretch

September 18, 2014

Homestretch posterAbout the Film

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers – Kasey, Anthony and Roque – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger policy issues of juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQIA rights.


About the Campaign

Last year, over 12,000 students were identified as homeless in the Chicago Public Schools; and this is not an isolated issue. Right now, 1.6 million young people in America are homeless, living in homeless shelters, unsupervised on the streets, in abandoned buildings, with friends or with strangers and without access to the basic items that can make a huge difference.

The Homestretch Impact Campaign seeks to build on the film’s ability to generate empathy, connection, and concern about youth homelessness to transform emotion into direct action. An incredibly powerful vehicle for change, this film is driving awareness and will harness national and local support for programs and policies related to youth homelessness.

By dismantling harmful myths and misconceptions among the general public about youth homelessness, we can move beyond the current individualized, youth-blaming culture and begin to view this epidemic as a societal problem that requires a collective response.

Our Work

Picture Motion worked with the filmmakers, Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, to develop and implement the film’s social action campaign, partnering with Kartemquin Films to implement theatrical distribution. Additionally, we managed the film’s community screening tour and worked with ITVS to maximize the impact of the film’s PBS broadcast premiere and arrange home viewing parties.

Impact Report

Our impact campaign theatrically booked the film in 13 theaters in cities with highest national rates of homelessness during National Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness month in November 2014 and coordinated directly with grassroots partners to support 48 of the theatrical screenings.  Post-theatrical, we arranged 321 screenings in communities, classrooms, organizational meetings, and conferences and 190 home viewing parties during the broadcast premiere.

“The Homestretch is ultimately a humane accomplishment, very much in keeping with a sentiment expressed by a worker from Chicago’s Teen Living Programs to a room full of displaced kids: Homelessness is a situation. It’s not who you are” – Danny King, The Village Voice


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