Exciting news at America’s Most Unwanted!

Always exciting news at America’s Most Unwanted!

We’ve launched the film online via Distrify including our Closed Captioned version. We should have the Spanish Subtitled version up by the end of the month.

The film has enjoyed successful festival exposure. In August, we screened in Vancouver Canada with Out in Vancouver Films In Schools Program, the program was on our festival goal list due to their focus on youth and bullying in schools.

We also screened in Peru, Ecuador and Wales this summer. A lot of countries have similar situations with their youth in care as young LGBTQ people all over the world often must leave their homes of origin to come-out as LGBTQ and feel safe as their true selves.

In October we screened with Out Houston, the Wisconsin Youth Conference and in November with Indiana Cares, Pennsylvania, in Budapest, Hungary and Spokane, Washington. We always post the details of these screenings on our calendar on our website, you can subscribe via Google.

ANNOUNCING A NEW AWARD for America’s Most Unwanted: we just won the John M. Deen Social Justice Award with the Spokane International LGBT Film Festival! Cynthia Wade, who made the film, AGING OUT, one of the first feature films about foster youth in America, made over a decade ago, was also a recipient of this award for her past films—we hope to manifest as much social change as her work has done and know that such an award helps place us on this path and dream! If in the Bay Area, come celebrate with us at our last screening for 2013–Sunday Dec 1 in Oakland California at the New Parkway Theatre


There are still many cities on our Screenings Wish List if you’ve any connections to make it happen: these include Washington D.C., Austin, Texas, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Boston—all are large metro areas with large foster youth communities. We welcome and encourage any leads in these cities and we will support you every step of the way together we can encourage more participation with lesbian, gay, and trans foster youth in the mainstream care curriculum.

A quote from a recently emancipated young person who saw our film in Wisconsin:

“I just wanted to thank you for creating this film. I was at the conference in Wisconsin Dells on Wednesday with the Youth Advisory Council, so I saw your film then and heard you speak afterwards. It gave me chills to hear others who have had similar experiences, to hear from people who really “get it.” When I was in foster care, I never really had the opportunity to meet any other foster kids, let alone any other LGBTQQ foster kids. I hid my identity out of necessity – I didn’t feel safe at school or at my foster homes, and I have been ashamed of who I am for a long time. Even now that I have been out of care for a few years, I struggle with being open about my sexual orientation because I fear how people will treat me. It gives me a little more courage to hear and see strong people like yourself and those you interviewed for the film, people who are comfortable with who they are. I hope to someday reach that place. Until then, I’m glad to know that there are people out there like you, raising awareness and speaking the truth about foster care and LGBTQQ youth. Keep on making films, please! This one was amazing.”

We’re slowly getting our film in University libraries as more students and faculty request the film for use in their classrooms:

  • Cuesta College
  • College of San Mateo
  • Northern Florida University
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Northwestern University
  • San Francisco State University
  • City College San Francisco
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania

We are especially grateful to have this film placed in as many academic places as possible where those already interested in social justice issues will find out about LGBTQ foster youth and some of the issues we raise about foster care.

We highly recommend the film Short Term 13” in theaters right now! This film, workshopped via Sundance and fiscally sponsored by my former sponsor, The San Francisco Film Society—this fiction feature film is a true to life experience of a few weeks in a group home. The youth’s experience of trauma and its memory was nail on. The diversity of young people and the industrial reality of group home living were also revealed candidly. Further explored is the tendency of those recovering from their own problems tendency to take on other people’s problems as a way to process their own. A true human revelation—visually compelling, perfectly acted and edited.

We aim to raise at least $3,000 before the end of the year to pay down more of our production debts and release more video materials on the web. We could use your support not just with a contribution but by sharing the project and spreading the word about the issues America’s Most Unwanted raises.

Thank you for your support!

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ONLINE SCREENER of America’s Most Unwanted released today!



Watch AMERICA’S MOST UNWANTED right now! Click HERE !
PLEASE–for home use only–institutional, training and public screening licensing should contact us at fosteryouthfilm@gmail.com





Screening in Canada–At the Vancouver q-fest!

On August 20th, 2013 in Vancouver, Canada, America’s Most Unwanted will screen at the Vancouver Queer Festival!!

Shani Heckman, the director, will be in attendance!

San Francisco Public Library screening!!



America’s Most Unwanted will be screening at the San Francisco Public Library!!!

6/4/13 at 6pm!

An interactive town hall event. We’ll have other former foster guests: Fresh White, Tee, Sehline Ivanhoe & the film’s director!

In celebration of the month of June being LGBTQQI Pride Month!

More here: http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1011651001


College of San Mateo Screening!!



We will be at College of San Mateo, May 13th:

For an all-college event for National Foster Youth Month, sshort film screening and motivational discussion with film’s director!

“with 5-10% of our population defining as LGBTQ and many youth placed into care for being LGBTQ from their families of origin, many youth are put into residential facilities w/ no options”

More here: http://www.collegeofsanmateo.edu/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=10043


Shani Heckman Speaker Engagements LGBTQ Foster Youth Empowerment, Social Justice Documentary Filmmaking, Educational DVD

Shani Heckman documentary filmmaker and motivational speaker lgbtq foster youth

Shani Heckman

London Premiere at Fringe Film Fest!!!


AMERICA’S MOST UNWANTED will have it’s London premiere this weekend!

Sunday 14th April
School of Fringe! @ The Old Cardinal Pole School, Victoria Park Road, London E9 7HD
4pm, free but ticketed

More here: http://fringefilmfest.com/2013-programme/sunday-14th-april-2013/shorts-queer-realness