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:
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!