As a portrayal of the foster care system, ABC Family’s show “The Fosters” is far from “The Brady Bunch,” but a sitcom can only touch on some of the real issues that real kids in the system face. Actor Tom Phelan, a non-binary transgender person who plays FTM teenager Cole, is encouraging the support of “Know How,” the first-ever feature film written by and starring youth in foster care.
Watch the trailer below.
The movie is set to have its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California on Saturday, March 8. Before that date, the team behind it is hoping the trailer can get 10,000 views.
According to the official description, the film is about five youths whose lives “interweave as they confront loss, heartbreak, and come of age in this tale about transience and perseverance.
“Addie struggles to graduate from high school while her best friend Marie loses her grandmother. Megan copes with being taken from her abusive family and faces the harsh reality of living in a residential treatment center. All the while Eva works to be mother to her sister while their father falls deeper into a crack addiction. Finally, there’s Austin who’s living on the street with his brother; barely able to feed himself. All of them must decide to survive or else fall victim to a broken system.”
The film, which is not rated, is showing at 4:15, 6:15, and 7:00 pm on March 8. Those interested can buy tickets for $10 each here.
One of the film’s cast members, Lee Jimenez, said on Tumblr, “As someone who was in foster care for many years, being able to do this film has been life changing and such an honor. Honestly, as cool as it is to be in this film…I want more than anything is to change the foster care system…
“Help us share our stories with the world. Help us help other youth in the foster care system and let them know they’re not alone. Help us change this fucked up system.”