Foster Boy Directed
Youssef Delara USA / 2018 / 109 minutes East Coast Premiere
Times and Venues:
RHINEBECK Upstate Films I
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Jay Paul Deratany, Curt Smith, Shane Paul McGhie
The life of Michael Trainer (Matthew Modine), a cold-hearted successful litigator with a long career protecting corporate clients, takes a sharp turn when he is forced by the court’s judge (Louis Gossett Jr.) to represent Jamal Randolph (Shane Paul McGhie), an angry young man in prison after years of abuse in foster care. The more Trainer (Three Piece, as Jamal calls him) learns about Jamal (Thug, as Trainer calls him), the more we discover a systemically corrupt for-profit foster care system that, for Jamal, has lead to catastrophic results. Dark secrets are probed and unearthed, as a tough corporate lawyer transforms into a heroic defender and an abused young victim of a system that has failed him becomes an outspoken face for change.
Inspired by true events, the combined strength of the story and the impeccable cast illuminate both the power of the human spirit and the horrifying deceitfulness and abuse of a system that impacts hundreds of thousands of children each year. —Gene Fisher
BIO: Youssef Delara is a native of Los Angeles and a proud alum of Loyola Marymount Film School, where he focused on directing. Delara has writer, director and editor credits on a number of films, including: English as a Second Language, a powerful drama loosely based on Delara's experiences living in Los Angeles, starring Kuno Becker, Maria Conchita Alonso and Michael Higgins; Filly Brown, a passion project set in the streets of LA that was selected for Dramatic Competition in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, staring Latino staples Edward James Olmos, Jenni Rivera and Lou Diamond Phillips, as well as rising star Gina Rodriguez; and Enter the Dangerous Mind, a twisted psychological thriller that was selected to the 2014 SXSW film festival, starring Nikki Reed, Scott Bakula and Jason Priestly. Delara is honored to represent Foster Boy at The Woodstock Film Festival and hopes you enjoy the show!
Cast/Featuring: Matthew Modine, Louis Gossett Jr, Shane Paul McGhie, Julie Benz, Michael Hyatt
Executive Producer(s): Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Parris, Mary Beth O'Connor, John Schimmel, Danny Mooney, Steve Sarowitz, Max Adler, The Lipari Family
Producer(s): Jay Paul Deratany, Anne-Marie Mackey, Peter Samuelson, Andrew Sugerman
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