Cinema Q: My Address - A Look At Gay Youth Homelessness
USA, 2007, 40 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Family Issues, GLBT, Social Issues
Director Dee Rees & Producer Nekisa Cooper IN-PERSON
Pariah is a coming-of-age drama about a lesbian teenager who unsuccessfully juggles multiple identities to avoid rejection from her friends and family.
Set against the kinetic and incongruous social landscape of middle class New York City, Alike vacillates between being a proud and sexually independent woman amongst her openly gay friends and being the feminine, obedient girl that her strict Christian upbringing dictates she be. Torn by mounting pressure from home, school, and within, the line between her dual personas wears thin with explosive consequences.
Director Gigi Nicolas and Producer Lindsay Webster IN-PERSON
From Kate Moennig: Hi everyone. I'm excited to announce that we're getting ready to launch my debut OurChart video project. It's a documentary webseries about an issue I think is extremely important yet gravely overlooked--gay youth homelessness. I know this sounds like some pretty serious fare for OurChart. In fact, it's a subject I never expected to be so touched by. But after visiting a gay youth homeless shelter in Los Angeles last year, I knew it was a topic I couldn't turn my back on.
To begin to investigate this issue, I went to New York City with my friend and director, Gigi Nicolas. We visited the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI)--the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit social service, education and advocacy organization dedicated to serving LGBTQ youth. As we quickly learned, homelessness is a difficult topic to explore--mainly because the kids who deal with it are largely untraceable, moving from couch to couch or shelter to shelter, living beneath the radar. Through HMI, however, we met some amazing young people who've either struggled with housing, been a part of "the system" or have known people who have. Their stories gave us an intimate look at homelessness and the multitude of related issues LGBTQ youth face everyday.
DIRECTOR: Gigi Nicolas
Principal Cast: Kate Moennig