Browse films

At-Risk Summer

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
United States, 2015, 83 min.

In English.
This film is family friendly.

After meeting a troubled Texas teen without access to creative mentorship, the young adult author of Fat Angie packed her belongings into storage and set out on a hybrid, self-funded book tour across America to empower at-risk youth through writing and discussion at no cost to their programs for several months. From the road to the classrooms to interviews with some of the most awarded authors in YA lit today, At-Risk Summer explores bullying, belonging and never being counted out!

Director's Statement

With At-Risk Summer, I didn't set out to make a film that would become a movement. I set out with an idea to empower those who are often counted out. At-Risk Summer became a journey about taking the biggest risk of all ... on yourself. These kids taught me through their raw honesty how to be a better artist and human being. How to take some of the darkest moments of my life and make them points of change. How to rethink ideas of story and the power it can have. And that showing up has currency.

Category: Documentary.
Themes: Education, Youth, Road Trip, Identity, Women.

More in Documentary

  • 25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln

    25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln

    Ellen Brodsky
    United States, 2019, 33 min.

    Join the quest of 25 history students, mostly Mexican American, who drive 2,000 miles from the Alamo in Texas to a Springfield, Illinois museum asking to... more ›

  • Reaching for the Andes

    Reaching for the Andes

    Neal Barenblat
    United States, 2018, 27 min.

    Tyler Armstrong has been climbing for more than half of this life, and he's only fourteen years old. This time, Tyler and his father, Kevin, have chosen to... more ›

  • Children of Bal Ashram

    Children of Bal Ashram

    Len Morris
    United States, 2018, 64 min.

    What happens after the raid, when terrified child slaves are rescued from criminal employers? At Bal Ashram, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and his... more ›