The trailer for "The Homestretch" has been out for awhile but the film is just now getting into the thick of it's limited theatrical run, so I figure now is as good a time as any to highlight this potentially excellent documentary.
Watching the trailer for Anne De Mare and Kirsten Kelly's film immediately brings to mind one of many Steve James' documentaries. Besides it being set in Chicago and produced by Kartemquin Films, the similarity that really jumps out is using personal stories to reflect on larger themes. "The Homestretch" (much like "Hoop Dreams" or "Life Itself") really settles in with its subjects, letting their lives play out over time.
The Homestretch (trailer) from spargel productions on Vimeo.
According to their film's website: "'The Homestretch' follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers - Roque, Kasey and Anthony - will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age."
I've got to admit, I'm kind of excited about this documentary and while it's not planning to play in my city at this time, it looks like they are offering numerous options for audiences around the world to take part. So it won't be difficult to see the stories De Mare and Kelly have fleshed out.