Please note: all documentary subject biographies refer to the time period of filming (2008-2009).

Ace, 17, is a self-identified gender queer youth who struggles to maintain relationships with members of her family who do not understand and are not supportive of her gender identity. She is beginning her first year of college on a full academic scholarship.

Carter, 16, was adopted by two African American gay men when he was 10. As the oldest of eight children, he was bounced around in foster care for several years. Carter is finishing up his last year of high school and is balancing his class studies, sports, and family life while trying to figure out his future.

Morgan, 19, lives in an affluent western suburb of Chicago and is in her second year of college at a Midwestern university. While being raised to be a strong Black woman by her parents, she has lived the majority of her life in situations where she is the only African American or one of a few.

Rosalee, 18, is starting her first year of college at an in-state university. Rosalee is the oldest in a family of eight where she, her brother, and her three sisters were adopted by her aunt and uncle. She is the first person in her family to attend college. Rosalee struggles with life away from her family and the college experience.

Sheldon, 20, is a new father and an organizer at community-based organization on Chicago's south side that works with youth on issues of social justice. At the age of 17, he was incarcerated for six months for committing a felony. He is working to have his record expunged.



Past Screenings (2011-2014):

World Premiere:

Gene Siskel Film Center,
Chicago, IL, February 2011


Public Television Broadcasts:

WTTW Channel 11 - Chicago, IL, June 2011
WTTW Channel 11 - Chicago, IL, June 2012


Film Festivals:

San Francisco Black Film Festival - San Francisco, CA, June 2011
Bronze Lens Film Festival - Atlanta, GA, November 2011
San Diego Black Film Festival - San Diego, CA, January 2012
Big Muddy Film Festival - Carbondale, IL, February 2012


Awards:

Black Excellence Award, African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, 2012


High Schools, Colleges and Universities:

Edgewood College - Madison, WI, October 2011
Roosevelt University - Chicago, IL, October 2011
University of Illinois at Chicago - Chicago, IL, October 2011
University of Chicago - Chicago, IL, November 2011
Purdue University Calumet - Hammond, IN, February 2012
Loyola University Chicago - Chicago, IL, February 2012
College of Charleston - Charleston, SC, February 2012
North Charleston High School - Charleston, SC, February 2012
The Alliance School of Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI, May 2012
Achievement First Brooklyn High School - Brooklyn, NY, February 2013
Harold Washington College - Chicago, IL, February 2013
The University of Wisconsin at Madison - Madison, WI, March 2013 and February 2014
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne - Fort Wayne, Indiana, April 2013
The University of Iowa, Public Policy Center, September 2014


Community, Professional and Governmental Organizations:

ICE Theater - Chicago, IL, June 2011
Credit Union National Association - Madison, WI, October 2011
Chicago Urban League - Chicago, IL, February 2012
Women and Girls Foundation - Pittsburgh, PA, March 2012
Chicago Commons - Chicago, IL, April 2012
WI Association of Child & Youth Care Professionals - Milwaukee, WI, May 2012
YWCA Dayton at the Dayton Art Institute - Dayton, OH, July 2012
After School Matters Annual Professional Development Conference - Chicago, IL, August 2012
Department of Defense panel at annual Blacks in Government National Training Conference - Detroit, MI, August 2012
Chicago Filmmakers - Chicago, IL, August 2012
Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago, IL, October 2012
ElevArte Studio (formerly Pros Arts Studio) - Chicago, IL, November 2012
Out Twin Cities Film Festival - Minneapolis, MN, February 2013
NYC Premiere with support from Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement and The New York Women's Foundation - New York, NY, February 2013
Middle Collegiate Church - New York, NY, February 2013
Maysles Cinema - New York, NY, February 2013
YWCA Northeast Indiana - Fort Wayne, Indiana, April 2013
Rise Sister Rise - Columbus, Ohio, July 2013









 
 
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