A Road to Home will not have advanced ticket sales. Instead we will be asking for a suggested donation of $10 at the door. 100% of the tickets sales benefit Lucie's Place.
A ROAD TO HOME
Directed by Cal Skaggs
SOUTHEASTERN US PREMIERE
USA, 2015, 91 mins
Special Fundraiser Screening for Lucie's Place
100% of all individual ticket sales go directly to Lucie's Place.
A Road to Home tells the interwoven story of 6 LGBT homeless youth as they wander the streets and shelters of New York City, seeking hope and healing.
Cal Skaggs is president of Lumiere Productions, the independent production company he founded 30 years ago. With dozens of feature films and television productions to his credit, Skaggs is known to American television audiences for the landmark six-hour documentary series "With God On Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America" (1996) and the five-hour series Local News (2001). He made his producing debut with the award-winning drama series "The American Short Story." Skaggs has also produced and directed films for PBS. HBO, Discovery, Channel 4 UK, Arté, and other television outlets, as well as such independent features as Horton Foote’s "On Valentines Day" (Venice Festival), The Wash (Sundance Festival) and "Fly By Night," winner of the Filmmaker’s Trophy for Best Dramatic Film at the Sundance Festival.
Skaggs’s most recent films include "Democrcy on Deadline: The Global Struggle for an Independent Press" (2006), and "Kansas to Kandahar" (2007), a feature documentary following a U.S. Army Reserves helicopter unit through deployments in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2012, two chapters of Lumiere’s "To Tell the Truth: A History of Documentary Film" premiered at DocFest New York.
In 2015, Skaggs will have completed two feature-length documentaries: "The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith" (May, 2015), which he produced, with Sara Fishko directing, and "A Road to Home" (August, 2015), a verite film on LGBT homeless youth, which he produced and directed.
About Lucie's Place
Lucie's Place is a dream in response to the nightmare that is many young Lesbian. Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) peoples lives. The board of Lucie's Place is working to open a long-term transitional shelter in the Central Arkansas area, which will be open specifically to LGBTQ identified young adults.
Only 5-10% of the general population identify as LGBTQ, however 20-40% of the homeless population share this identity. Although equality for LGBTQ people has come a long way in the past 50 years, harassment and violence (verbal, physical and sexual) are commonly experienced by youth and young adults coming out as LGBTQ at home. A study found that nearly one-third of homeless youth “left home specifically because of sexual abuse by one of their parents.” Once homeless, many young adults find survival sex necessary (sex in exchange for food, shelter, money, etc). A Canadian study found that LGBT young adults were almost 3 times more likely to engage in survival sex, than heterosexual young adults. A 2009 eight-city study found that “homeless youth and young adults who engaged in survival sex were 4.5 times more likely to have attempted suicide than those who had not engaged in the behavior.”
The cards are stacked against LGBTQ homeless young adults, not only in large cities such as New York or San Francisco, but in Central Arkansas as well. With your help, we can try to shed some positive light on this these grim situations and statistics.