Rachel, a victim of sexual molestation, spent six years living on the streets starting at age 14. Michael spent 13 years in the foster system, only to be left standing on the sidewalk at 18 with no where to go, nothing to do. Jaclyn battled a substance abusing father and a mentally ill mother until leaving home at 13. Jackson battled addiction and fell to the streets after graduating high school. Invisible Young follows all four characters as they attempt to transition from a desperate life on the streets to one of stability and hope.
Country of Origin: USA
Running Time: 56 Minutes
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CAST & CREW
Director: Steven Keller
Cast: Jackson Reiquam, Jaclyn Mellon, Caleb Penn as Michael, Maggie Jane Tatone as Rachel, Tyler Bauer, Elaine Simons, Ron Ruthruff, Kristine Cunningham
Distributor: Ytinifni for Worldwide Rights
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company
Interviews with the main characters form the narrative of the film. Through the stories of these characters the film looks at why and how they ended up on the streets, what life on the streets was like, and how these characters fell into and battled their addictions. Other characters in the film, youth advocates social service agencies that help young people get off the streets, discuss the changes the three have gone through as they have transitioned to a more stable life. And the film shows where the characters are today and illuminates some of the things that can be done to help other homeless youth.
Interspersed throughout the film are scenes of current street youth, including several singing and musical performances and a poetry reading. Jackson (main character) is a talented singer/songwriter and guitarist, and his music is featured prominently in the film. Although the film’s subject may be homelessness, the heart of the story is resilience, determination, and redemption.