Fresh off of directing VICE News’s “Last Chance High,” filmmakers Craig and Brent Renaud’s new documentary “SHELTER” offers an inside look at what it’s like to be young and homeless in America. Next month, the brothers will be bringing their film to select theaters in cities all across the country.
“SHELTER” traces a year in the life of a group of homeless kids in New Orleans, from the streets to the shelter and back again. The Renaud brothers map how the kids found themselves dispossessed, and profile the staff of the Covenant House—a homeless center for teens, with locations across the country—as they try to help the kids get back on their feet.
“The thing that the Renaud Brothers do so well in “SHELTER” is humanize the homeless,” Jason Mojica, executive producer of VICE Documentary Films, said in a statement. “So we realized there was an opportunity to take the film directly to cities that have mirror images of the people who we see in the film, and perhaps even get some of them in the same room together.”
The documentary was executive produced by Michael K. Williams (“The Wire'” “Black Market”) and premiered at the Rome International Film Festival in 2016. It’s since toured a number of festivals, earning a special jury prize and the audience award for best documentary at the New Orleans Film Festival.
From June 13 to 28, VICE is screening “SHELTER” at 18 cities across the US—each of which have Covenant House locations—where viewers will get a chance to ask questions to residents and staff working and living in the shelters.