Sugar a Rotimi Rainwater film takes a look at homeless youth. Mr. Rainwater, in an article in Politico, delivered a message for Congress: Open up your pocketbooks. The theatrical release will begin in Los Angeles and New York in September.
According to the article,
“We have millions of children who are homeless in our own country, who really feel like they’re the invisible children. They feel like nobody pays attention to them and, for a small amount of money, we could at least bring enough attention to it so that when you walk down the street, you don’t intentionally not look at these kids. If it’s important to pass all these other things that they’re doing, I can’t see why we can’t help a kid who’s standing on the street, a child sitting on the street because her stepfather was raping her and she had nowhere to go. She didn’t choose to be on the street.”
“Sugar” is based, in part, on Rainwater’s own life; he found himself homeless after leaving the Navy to take care of his mother.
The movie stars Shenae Grimes (“Empire State,” “Degrassi”, “90210”) and Marshall Allman (“Hostage,” “True Blood”). Grimes plays the movie’s namesake, a 20-year-old homeless girl suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder on the streets of Los Angeles. The story came to the big screen, in part, thanks to the support of Elliott Broidy, the Los Angeles philanthropist, who lives close to the movie’s setting.
“It’s not a political piece,” Rainwater said. “It’s a piece about America.” He says he’s hopeful Congress can find the resources to help support homeless youth despite a busy roster of pressing needs and demands.
“Part of the problem is that most people concentrate on adults and not the homeless youth,” Rainwater said. “I think homeless youth are definitely underrepresented.”
“There’s this phrase that, ‘to build a pyramid is difficult, but to put two rocks on top of each is a start.’ They can grasp that. … If Congress sees that it’s an important issue, maybe we can get some legislation to fund meals and fund programs.”