So much hard work and dedication went into the making of this film and we can't wait for you to see it.
Anchorage, AK Anchorage International Film Festival, December 7th at 5pm
BRING RICH KIDS TO YOUR SCHOOL:
“I screened RICH KIDS this summer in Columbus Ohio. I am a visual artist and I work as the youth and community programs manager at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University. This screening was a terrific opportunity for youth to openly discuss issues around trauma, housing, race, class, income and all the complexities that goes with these pivotal issues of our time. Both parents and teens spoke up about their personal experiences. Latinx youth and parents expressed great validation and affection for finally watching a film that represented their experiences with characters that actually looked and acted like people from their communities. There was much discussion about how refreshing it was to see Latinx characters who were not stereotypes but authentically created complex human characters. A story that actually made sense. What a relief this was! It’s such a fresh film, really.
I have a passion for working with teens and their unfiltered honesty and find that contemporary art, film, music, theater and dance are terrific vehicles in which kids can try to process and make some sense of what is going on in the world. RICH KIDS is so important to watch with youth and is perfectly designed for youth audiences. I found this film to be particularly excellent in that the depiction of violence was not gratuitous or glamorized and it was also very restrained in using suggestion instead of direct depiction which can often traumatize already traumatized audiences. Without hiding anything, this film is very hard-hitting, surprising, interesting and difficult but in the end there is resolution and processing which makes it a good film for schools, museums, after school program audiences, etc. that will generate great discussion after the screening. Plus, it’s just a cool film- kids love it! Its hip and fast paced enough to be engaging to teens. I recommend this film for ages 12 and up- I also think it’s a great opportunity for families to connect through watching a film like this together. For sure a discussion or panel after the screening would be a terrific pairing.”
-Jean Pittman, Wexner Center for the Arts
“I am a full-time Faculty Member at Houston Community College where I teach Filmmaking. I am also a working filmmaker myself with a short film currently in festivals. As a filmmaking instructor, it is always beneficial for my students to meet filmmakers, watch their work, especially current films in the independent film world of festivals because that is the most relevant, most accessible world to start building their careers. I arranged for Laura and Eddie to screen RICH KIDS at Houston Community College and stay for a Q&A afterward.
Houston Community College is one of the largest Community Colleges in the United States with over 60,000 students, 85% of which are people of color, many struggling financially. In addition to the professional learning experience they were about to get, I was curious to see how a film about low-income Latino teenagers in Houston would resonate with my students. Whether they would “see” themselves on the screen or reject the depiction.
It was incredibly moving for me to hear my students tell Laura and Eddie after the screening, “That’s my life right there,” pointing to the screen. It felt like a revelation. Shock on the students faces as they saw characters they recognized in an intimate, personal way. If I didn’t already believe that representation on screen mattered, that moment alone would have convinced me. Still, even with that belief, I was surprised by HOW MUCH it mattered, what affect it had on my students, as I fielded questions during the Q&A. These were filmmaking students coming for a professional event, but they left with something far greater as human beings.
RICH KIDS is an excellent movie, beautifully directed by Laura with subtlety and an eye for detail and flawlessly executed by the crew. The incredibly young and new actors give poignant performances that feel honest and pack an emotional punch. It is a perfect movie for any school to show, for any student, because it presents a perspective not often seen in movies and that is both an uplifting experience for students who share similar stories and a challenging one for students who don’t. In an age where immigration, especially DACA, are at the forefront of the media, RICH KIDS tells a very human story that cuts through the politics.
Schools offer students a chance to expand their world through the knowledge they gain and the people they meet. I encourage you to host a screening for your students and see for yourself how RICH KIDS effects them, and you.”
- Jennifer Waldo, Houston Community College, Filmmaking Department, Media Arts & Technology Center for Excellence
Here are some questions for audiences/educators:
1. What is your neighborhood like in relationship to your city/town/area? Who lived where?
2. Is there a part of your town where the “rich kids” live? Discuss how this segregation affects your community.
3. What do your neighbors look like? If most people in your neighborhood look just like you, have you ever wondered why that is? Il all your neighbors and all your co-workers and all your classmates and all the grocery stores you shop in and all the restaurants you go to are occupied by people who all look and act just like you- what do you think about that and why?
4. Have you ever felt excluded or invisible?
5. Which character could you most relate to?
6. Which scene was the most important, in your opinion?
7. Was there a part of the movie you really disliked or made you really uncomfortable? Please share and discuss.
Ft. Worth, TX Lone Star Film Festival, November 9th, 2018
Paducah, KY River’s Edge Film Festival, November 3 & 4
Charlottesville, VA Virginia Film Festival, November 4th, 2018
Washington DC Washington West Film Festival, October 27, 2018
Portland, OR Portland Film Festival, October 24 - October 28th
Tulsa, OK Tulsa American Film Festival, October 13, 2018
San Francisco, CA SF Latino Film Festival, Sept 14-30, 2018
New York, NY NY Latino Film Festival, August 22-26, 2018
Dallas, TX Women Texas Film Festival, August 15-19, 2018
Columbus, OH Film Festival of Columbus, August 8-11, 2018
Phoenix, AZ Phoenix Film Festival, April 6-8, 2018
Houston, TX Houston Latino Film Festival, March 24th, 2018