Now Showing: The Homestretch

This season, Community Cinema celebrates 10 years of uniting people through independent film. Available in more than 75 cities nationwide, Community Cinema presents free screenings and discussions around the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary series Independent Lens. By igniting conversations around issues that affect us all, Community Cinema creates real and lasting change — both at home and around the world.

The Homestretch, three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home. Learn more >>

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    Donate Supplies

    Donate Emergency Supplies for Homeless Students and Youth. Contact local homeless service providers and homeless liaisons to find out what's most urgently needed.

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    Support Homeless Youth

    Help keep runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) offers various opportunities to help around the country.

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    Know a Homeless Youth?

    Did you know every school district has a local homeless liaison? Contact your district to learn more. Click the link below to find your State Coordinator for Homeless Education.

  • Letter from the Filmmakers: The Homestretch

    Five years ago, a young high school student that Kirsten was working with on a theater project revealed to her that he was homeless and completely on his own. It was one of those moments in life when everything just stopped — how could this be?

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  • Letter from the Filmmakers: American Denial

    In the wake of recent events that have sparked a national dialogue on race dynamics, American Denial explores the impact of unconscious biases around race and class, using Gunmar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism.  In the following excerpt from the Community Cinema American Denial Discussion Guide, we asked the filmmakers, Llewellyn Smith (Producer/Director), Christine Herbes-Sommers […]

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  • A Path Appears: Sex Trafficking in the USA

    Sex trafficking is believed to be the most common form of modern-day slavery with the United States as a significant destination, origin, and transit country for victims and perpetrators. Although there is widespread concern that incidents of sex trafficking in the United States are on the rise, the scope of the problem is not fully understood and data about sex trafficking (especially about minors) are notoriously difficult to document.

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  • A Chat with the Filmmaker: A Path Appears Director and Executive Producer, Maro Chermayeff

    A Path Appears is inspired by and based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s newest book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. This four-hour series and book is a natural follow-up to our groundbreaking transmedia project Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Kristof and WuDunn started formulating their concept for their new book as we were nearing our PBS broadcast premiere of Half the Sky in fall 2012.

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  • Evolution of a Former Criminal: How to Break the Crime Relapse Cycle

    How does a 16-year-old go from an honors student to bank robber? In this month’s Community Cinema film, Evolution of a Criminal, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores the financial desperation that led him to turn to crime as a teenager in Texas, and returns to the scene of the crime to interview family members, close friends, and mentors to reflect on the aftermath. SPOILER ALERT: this post contains some slight spoilers.

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