The Homestretch

The Homestretch

Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Ossining Public Library, Budarz Theater

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HomestretchFilm Summary

Three homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, these kids defy stereotypes as they create new, surprising definitions of home. Can they recover from the traumas of abandonment and homelessness, and build the future they dream of? Join us for the film and an inspiring discussion of how we, as a society, are addressing homelessness and housing for people living in poverty…and how we can do better.

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D'AttoreKaren D’Attore

Interim Executive Director, IFCA Housing Network

Karen is responsible for the management and oversight of IFCA and its 127 units of affordable and senior housing, serving nearly 200 tenants, including the provision of transitional housing and case management services to families with children through the Emergency Housing Apartment Program in partnership with Westchester County.

Prior to joining IFCA, Karen was Principal of KDT Associates, a consulting firm she founded in 2006 that provided strategic planning, organizational management, brand marketing, fundraising and development services to numerous non-profit and for-profit clients.

Prior to starting her own consulting firm, Karen spent five years as Director of Development at Open Door Family Medical Centers, a federally qualified Community Health Center in Westchester County, where she managed a multifaceted fundraising and development program. During her five year tenure at Open Door she contributed to the agency’s growth from two locations, serving approximately 18,000 people, to four locations, serving over 40,000 under and uninsured people countywide.


At the onset of her career, Karen worked in marketing and advertising at BBDO, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies and part of the Omnicom Group.


De MareAnne De Mare

Playwright,Director,and Filmaker of The Homestretch,

In conjunction with long-time film partner Kirsten Kelly, Anne’s documentary film work has been supported by MacArthur Foundation, Sundance Institute, ITVS/Independent Lens, and The W.K. Kellogg Foundationto name a few.   Anne has spoken about documentary film and filmmaking at such universtities as Harvard, Columbia Northwestern,  University of Chicago, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Jewish Museum, The Museum of Television and Radio, and others.


Anne and Kirsten’s most recent film, The Homestretch,  premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (Toronto).  The film was broadcast nationally on the award-winning PBS series- Independent Lens, was selected as part of the traveling Human Rights Watch Film Festival, invited to tour in the prestigious American Film Showcase with the U.S. State Department, and will be screening next spring as part of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Film Series.


Anne’s original plays have been presented in Chicago, London and New York.  Anne and Kirsten bring the unique storytelling sensibility of a theatre background to their film work and share a deep commitment to projects that celebrate the transformative power of the human spirit, where the individual experience illuminates the face of society as a whole.  They are currently in development for The Girl With The Rivet Gun, an animated media project based on the real-life experiences of women industrial workers during World War II based on an extensive filmed oral history project they produced for New York University.