LOST IN AMERICA: A documentary film on youth homelessness in the United States
Visiting over 30 cities and over 50 local and national organizations, what began as a small exposé about the issue has become an all-encompassing look at youth homelessness in our country today. Thanks to the help of public figures in our film like Jewel, Halle Berry, Sanaa Lathan, Jon Bon Jovi, Rosario Dawson, Tiffany Haddish, Miley Cyrus, and others, we feel like the timing couldn’t be better to share this film with the world.
How does a child become homeless? How many youth are really living on the streets of America each year? Why has this epidemic grown worse and worse, under different presidents, with millions of dollars being spent and no foreseeable end in sight? Our film creates a dialogue about these and more questions that surround this issue.
Why do we feel so passionately about telling the stories of these youth? Well for one, our director was homeless. At 19 years of age, he lived under a bridge, sometimes not knowing where his next meal would come from. After years of trying to bury his past, he was forced to not only face it, but to reopen old wounds in search of answers. In our film, Grammy-winning artist Jewel talks about how she used to wash her hair in the bathroom of a fast-food restaurant. Halle Berry talks about her time in a battered women’s shelter. And 30+ youth open up and share stories of overcoming challenges and surviving events that many have only seen in their nightmares.
These are the stories that we feel the world needs to see. It has been four years since we began making this film, and have truly been impacted by this journey – from seeing some of the youth make their ways off the streets, to hearing about one of our youth being crushed to death while sleeping on a train.
More than just a film — We have created a 501(c)3 that will launch a national campaign later this year, to raise awareness about the real number of youth on the streets, and to show America that it is absolutely an issue that can be solved in this country.
In our film, we discuss the need for a National Study on the number of youth living on the streets. When we were filming, the HIGHEST estimates were 1.3-2.8 million youth. In February of this year, the results of the first ever national count were released…. 4.3 million youth, homeless in our country.
5,000 youth die every single year on the streets. That’s 13 youth dying on the streets every day. It doesn’t have to be that way. With awareness comes change. Please help us in our fight to create that change. We would love your involvement in making that change.
Mike C. Manning Producer
Catch Lost In America next week;
VUE Picadilly cinema (SW1Y 4LR)
4th October @ 15:15
6th October @ 20:00