WORLD PREMIERE with Red Carpet (6:15pm)
Talent Scheduled to Attend:
Director, Writer, Producer Ronald Krauss
Actor Vanessa Hudgens
Inspiration for film Kathy DiFiore
Additional Cast and Crew
Centering on 16-year-old Agnes "Apple" Bailey, Gimme Shelter uncovers the struggle for survival and the hope of redemption through the harsh realities of life on the streets of New Jersey.
As a pregnant teenager, Apple’s journey plummets to perilous struggles until finding salvation in a suburban shelter for homeless pregnant teens. With provisions of unprecedented comfort, collective sisterhood connection and female empowerment, the shelter elevates Apple to transformed clarity, maturation, and motherhood – embodying peace and hope.
Based on the lives of actual homeless, pregnant young women, writer and director Ronald Krauss lived in the primary shelter one year prior to production writing the Gimme Shelter screenplay. Hudgens similarly prepared for her transformative role by living in the actual shelter for three weeks of pre-production. Several of the real shelter mothers, their babies and the shelter’s founder – a collaborator of Mother Teresa and international humanitarians of the like – were featured in the film, as filming was staged in the actual shelters and locations which informed the screenplay.
Hudgens remarkably ascends from lifeless adolescence to cohesive motherhood as the film viscerally uplifts and inspires audiences by the power of change, perseverance, humanity and self-action.
This film contains violence, some language and mature themes related to domestic abuse.