Film depicting teen homelessness, touches on director’s journey from homeless youth to filmmaker, set to premiere in Washington (VIDEO)

“Sugar” will premiere November 14 at the West End Cinema in Washington D.C.
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(PR NewsChannel) / November 12, 2013 / WASHINGTON 
Captivating film 'Sugar' depicts the struggles of homeless youth in America.

Captivating film ‘Sugar’ depicts the struggles of homeless youth in America.

After successful screenings at the Manhattan Film Festival in New York, Vancouver’s Homelessness Action Week and in front of members of Congress, “Sugar” is set to premiere in the nation’s capital this week in front of a who’s who of VIP constituents. 

The premiere is being co-sponsored by the USICH, National Coalition for the Homeless, National Network for Youth, National Law Center on Homelessness, National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Sasha Bruce Youthwork. 

Called “one of those rare films that makes you angry, engaged and motivated to take action,” by Jerry Jones, the Executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington D.C., “Sugar” is designed to inspire people to change the way they act and look at a youth homelessness crisis that has grown into a nationwide issue.

“Sugar” follows the story of a young girl who ends up on the streets of Venice Beach after her family dies in a tragic car accident.  The story is based on director Rotimi Rainwater’s experiences as he was forced into a life on the streets after leaving the U.S. Navy to take care of his mother who was dying of cancer.

Originally conceived as a way to change lives and help thousands of homeless youths beat the odds, “Sugar” has become a dream come true for Rainwater.

“When I was on the streets I had no clue how I was going to get off and get my life back on track.  I went from serving my nation on a guided missile destroyer, to hiding the fact I was sleeping in a park while taking care of my mother,” said Rainwater.  “Now I feel like I can use my story to inspire other homeless youth not only follow their dreams, but to not be afraid to dream. “

(Click here to view the “Sugar” trailer)

Los Angeles-based film fund manager and philanthropist, Elliott Broidy has thrown his full support behind the film. Through his participation on the Council of Guardians of Aviva Family and Children’s Services for the last 15 years, Broidy has become keenly aware of the horrors facing children living on the streets and what it means for everyone if communities do not come together.

 “This film is about more than just entertaining the audience,” said executive producer Elliott Broidy. “A humanitarian effort of this scope doesn’t just need to succeed, it deserves to.”

A Film by Rotimi Rainwater, “Sugar” stars Shenae Grimes, Marshall Allman, Corbin Bleu, Will Peltz, Austin Williams, Angus MacFadyen, Nastassja Kinski and Wes Studi.

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SOURCE:  "Sugar" the Film

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