"The Homestretch"
Kartemquin Films "The Homestretch"

The new film from the acclaimed documentary production house Kartemquin Films ("Hoop Dreams," "Life Itself," "The Interrupters,"  etc), titled "The Homestretch," will have its Chicago premiere, in an extended one-week run at The Gene Siskel Film Center, downtown Chicago, next month, from Sept. 12-18.

The film, by directors Anne De Mare and Kirsten Kelly, which got a rave review on S & A by Fariha Roisin (HERE) when it was screened at the Human Watch Film Festival in New York in June, chronicles the personal lives and struggles of 3 homeless Chicago teenagers who defy the odds, to create a new lives and futures for themselves.

And the film goes further: “As the three tenaciously fight for an education and eventual independence the film explores the surrounding issues of race, juvenile justice immigration and foster care and LGBTQ rights.”

For many of the screenings during its run, the filmmakers, the subjects of the film, and representatives from Chicago area homeless services organizations, will be present.

Here’s the trailer: