Two films made by youth who receive services at Hillsides, a foster care charity, will be shown at the Washington West Film Festival in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 22. Hillsides director of group homes, Ramona McGee, will be accompanying two of the youth to the film festival.
“These films are a result of a 10-week intensive film-making project where children wrote, cast, and acted in their own movies, and we are thrilled to show them to a larger audience,” said McGee.
The film-making experience is the result of Hillsides collaboration with Kids in the Spotlight, a Los Angeles nonprofit organization that helps youth in foster care and other underserved children ages 11 – 18 create their own short films. The films are shot by professional crew members and a professional director, and shown each year at a film festival, held this year on November 5 at Fox Studios in Los Angeles and starring ABC “Modern Family” star Ty Burrell as the host.
Kids in the Spotlight was selected by the Washington West Film Festival to present a collection of short films, including the two by Hillsides teens. McGee and the two youth will participate in a presentation given by Spotlight founder Tige Charity.
The Washington West Film Festival, now in its sixth year, runs October 19 – 25 and will showcase 59 films from around the world, including world premieres and DC premieres.