"Where The Homestretch most succeeds as a film lies squarely in its authentic, no-frills portrayal of what it means to be young and homeless in America.(read more...)  – TERRANCE ROSS, THE ATLANTIC

"'Is this the life I'm going to live for the rest of my life?' Those are the words spoken by one of the three young people at the center of "The Homestretch," a documentary that offers an unprecedented look into the day-to-day lives of three of the estimated 1.6 million homeless youth living in the United States.(read more...)  – JOSEPH ERBENTRAUT, HUFFINGTON POST

"A bigger, a deeper and more lasting... portrait of a situation.(read more...)  – ROBERT LLOYD, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"This is an important film that people need to see... five minutes in, I was a wreck. It's a great story, a great film." (watch full review)  – RICHARD ROEPER, WINDY CITY LIVE

Its intimacy is a reflection of its compassion and its brisk directness is in the mode of a police bulletin: this situation is a problem, the viewer has to multiply Roque, Kasey, and Anthony by a thousand to understand how big the problem is in just one American city." (read more...)  – GLENN KENNY, ROGEREBERT.COM

"The devastation of watching these kids is realizing how much they have to give. Their lives are as valuable as mine, or yours, yet due to circumstances, they are given little-to-zero agency over the outcome. Our society operates on money, education, privilege equating access, whereas Roque, Kasey and Anthony are fighting for something as basic as wanting or needing shelter, a place to call theirs." (read more...)  – FARIHA ROISIN, INDIEWIRE

"The Homestretch is ultimately a humane accomplishment, very much in keeping with a sentiment expressed by a worker from Chicago's Teen Living Programs to a room full of displaced kids: '[Homelessness is] a situation. It's not who you are.'" (read more...)  – DANNY KING, VILLAGE VOICE

An unstinting look at the reality... It doesn't exploit its subjects. In fact, it films each in such a way that you feel very protective of them." (read more...)  – NINA METZ, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"The tribulations of high school are well documented, which makes the realities of this film all the more heart-wrenching. Directors Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly look at the lives of three homeless teenagers in Chicago as they struggle to graduate and transcend unthinkably difficult upbringings." (read more...)  – STEPHANIE MERRY, THE WASHINGTON POST

"One of the best films to ever be made about the stigma of homelessness, Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly’s transcendent, thoroughly objective look at three Chicago teens forced to grow up too fast is heartbreaking and inspiring in equal measure without manipulation of the audience.... It’s nuanced, thoughtful, impeccably detailed, and perfect in every possible way." (read more...)  – ANDREW PARKER, DORK SHELF

"A poignant project four years in the makingThe Homestretch offers a rare glimpse into the Chicago Public School System, The Night Ministry's "Crib" Emergency Shelter and Teen Living Programs" (read more...)  – WINDY CITY TIMES

many more reviews for THE HOMESTRETCH can be found here

six years after its release, The Wall Street Journal cites ASPARAGUS!... 

"Oceana County, meanwhile, is among the largest producers of asparagus in the country, and the subject of a 2008 documentary, "Asparagus! Stalking the American Life," on the financial threat to local farmers posed by South American growers of the vegetable" (read more...) -- LINDSAY GELLMAN, WALL STREET JOURNAL


The New York Daily News, May 14, 2012

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The New York Times, March 30, 2012