At Risk Summer is a feature length documentary about the influence of a professional filmmaker and novelist working with "at risk" youth (economic disadvantaged, bullied and LGBTQ kids) in small and inner city communities. It is a call to action film similar to BULLY (2012).
However, in At Risk Summer, the documentary captures the impact of a professional artist working with youth who predominately lack access to such mentors. The film explores their stories, awakenings and most likely resistance. What are these kids dreams and stories? Their challenges and frustrations? How they can be empowered by channeling their voice through music, image and words. How can they begin to envision themselves as their greatest alley?
While working with teens, we will interview Young Adult authors who actively explore topics of bullying and isolation in their writing to capture their personal passion for their subject and how their writing impacts others.
Some of the themes in my third novel, FAT ANGIE: bullying, self-image,
belonging, friendship, same-sex relationships, war, family and self-harm will offer a springboard to begin a conversation with these kids on the topics that are relevant to them.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo (Director l Executive Producer) A small-town Texas native, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo has worked on over thirty short films, recently Executive Produced the feature film HOME and has been featured on the Huffington Post for directing NOW about bullied youth for GLSEN-Cincinnati. Charlton-Trujillo has worked with such directors as Douglas McGrath and Oscar nominated Lucy Walker. She is the recipient of the Betty Thomas Filmmaking Award for her documentary Cielto Lindo and received distribution for her short film A Handful of Penniesin April 2013.
Charlton-Trujillo won the prestigious Delacorte Dell Yearling Award for her first novel Prizefighter En Mi Casa which garnered a number of accolades. Her second novel, Feels Like Home, received critical praise and earned nominations. Her third novel, Fat Angie,
released through Candlewick in March 2013. In May 2013, it was
nominated by the American Library Association for Best Young Adult
The multiple award-winning author, filmmaker and poet was nominated for the Oscar Armstrong III Service Award in 2012 for tirelessly pursuing her goals while demonstrating an unwavering commitment to family and community.
JOSH FLOWERS (EDITOR) The award-winning filmmaker’s work has been featured on
PBS and CNN Headline News while screening films at South by Southwest,
DC Shorts, the Cannes Film Festival and YouTube (amassing 700,000
views). Known for films (Robot Love From Another Planet, Questionable Taste), Flowers’ is an experienced documentary and narrative filmmaker.
JAMES BAILEY (SOUND DESIGNER/ASSISTANT EDITOR) recently directed, wrote, produced, edited and sound designed the feature film HOME. James has sound designed and composed for more than a dozen short films, two feature films and a series of corporate productions. Find out more about James on IMDB.COM.
WHY THIS DOCUMENTARY?
There is a kid named Enrique.
I met Enrique by accident. In a small town of 2,032 people. Where every kid owns a pair of boots, rides in trucks more than compact cars and says ya'll with absolute frequency. Enrique is not like those kids. He's a creative, soft spoken, outsider who wants to be a fiction writer.
Dreams are expensive in a community of same.
While visiting a middle school history teacher, I saw a stack of loose leaf notebook scribblings on her desk. She told me about Enrique's thirst for writing, so I asked if I could read his story. Guess what? The opening was stellar! Through a supportive mom who convinced someone to cover her cash register at the local grocery, I met Enrique forty minutes later.
Before he arrived, his teacher said, "He most likely won't look at you or speak to you. Don't think it's about you. It's just his way most of the time."
Enrique and I sat down. He was reluctant to engage, but I just continued being me. Asking questions. Sharing my history. Wanting to figure out how to empower him to use his voice.
I told him that he had something to say. I said, "I believe in you."
He not only began to look at me but found a way to express his passion for story. He even laughed. A kid who moved through the halls head down was engaging. Engaging because a professional artist was acknowledging his potential and empowering him with creative tools.
Enrique ignited what I knew needed to be captured in film. Not just with Enrique but with other at risk youth in America. Go to places where most professional artists don't go and pay the hope forward.
WHAT DOES PLEDGE MONEY PAY FOR?
I'm traveling with a two person crew and will occasionally have an additional pick-up crew in some of the larger cities. I do have production seed money. However, in order to fully cover the cost of production and post production, I need additional support ... in other words YOU!
The PLEDGE GOAL of $1000 dollars is way below what we need. I'm starting low hoping you all will crowd source the campaign closer to 5K.
And when you pledge (and score awesome awards), you are backing a project that will finish and finish big. I'm a storyteller on the verge and evidence of that can be seen in some of the clips below and praise for FAT ANGIE.
KNOW I CAN MAKE A GREAT FILM:
FAT ANGIE (Book Trailer) by my company Piñata Productions. Select 1080P in Quality Icon for Best Viewing
The Stories Project "Now" . Featured on Huffington Post Select 720P in Quality Icon for Best Viewing
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Step 1. Pick one of the fantastic rewards to the right of the page and join the journey.
Step 2. Share with all your friends (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email or your local jam) and spread the word.
As I mentioned, a component of the documentary are themes explored in this female rocking novel FAT ANGIE. Here's what awesome artist are saying (along with cool nominations and reviews)!
BEST YOUNG ADULT FICTION nomination by the American Library Association (May 2013)
Not since Wally
Lamb's SHE'S COME UNDONE have I read about a self-salvaging hero of such
vast proportions. Her personal life a war zone with incoming from all
directions, FAT ANGIE runs the minefield and, sister, do we run with
her. GREGORY MAGUIRE, New York Bestselling author of WICKED
Great voice. Great message. Teens will want to read this book. ELLEN HOPKINS, New York Bestselling author of CRANK
Fat Angie is gut-wrenching and
life-affirming. I cried for Angie, and I cheered for her. This powerful
story of grief, friendship, and love is not to be missed. JO KNOWLES, New York Times Editors Choice author of LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL
STARRED REVIEW Charlton-Trujillo
(Feels Like Home) offers a hard-hitting third novel that swings between
incredibly painful low moments and hard-won victories.
School Library Journal
STARRED REVIEW The voice of a dry and direct third-person narrator works in a story
laden with heavy topics, including war, death, suicide, cutting,
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Risks and challenges
Through my company Pinata Productions I have successfully Executive Produced a feature film (120 pages, 32 locations, 16 production days, sponsors), over 20 short films, a one hour reality TV series, commercials, promotional stories and music videos. I collaborate with auteurs to make powerful stories that find audiences. There is no doubt that "At Risk Summer" will be a feature documentary that educators and audiences invested in the power of young people thriving in difficult communities will embrace.
ON THE ROAD: Autographed DVD of movie + Limited Edition T-Shirt ONLY for Kickstarter Supporters by artbymags.com. + Digital Download Soundtrack + Live Large Tour Stickers. And hey, we promise no cheap T-Shirts.
SPEEDING TICKET: "Associate Producer" credit in film & IMDB + I will SING A SONG Of Your Request At Karoke (note I CAN'T SING) and Post The Video!!! Plus IPOD ROAD MIX rewards. (***A.P. credit doesn't denote ownership of the film)
GREEN LIGHT: Send Me YOUR Novel! No more than 230 pages, double spaced, 12 point font. I will write a critique and do a 30 minute Facetime/Skye discussion with you (and your friends) + Digital Download Soundtrack + Live Large Tour Stickers + Postcard *** See my website for cool credentials.
SWITCHING TO GPS: Producer Credit in the film, IMDB and PR Materials + BluRay movie + (3) Signed book and Audio Version of FAT ANGIE + Me Singing A Song Of Your Request At Karoke + Live Large Tour Stickers + Soundtrack + Poster (** Producer credit doesn't yield any ownership of the film)
WE ARE HERE: "Executive Producer" Credit = YOUR NAME featured in opening credits, PR Materials & IMDB.com +I will attend a School Visit in the Fall of 2013 ANYWHERE In The US (excluding Alaska, Hawaii) + Poster + Soundtrack + BluRay + (4) Copies Novel + (2) eBook Downloads + Personal Video From Road + Bonus Video Clip From YOU on film Special Features (Quality of video needed & prompt provided by Filmmaker) **** School Visit Value = A minimum of $1,500 dollars