Short Term 12
SELECTED FOR THE 2013 CREATIVE COALITION
SPOTLIGHT INITIATIVE SLATE
New York, NY (August 2, 2013): Today, The Creative Coalition selected the critically acclaimed Short Term 12 for the organization’s prestigious 2013 Spotlight Initiative Film Slate. Short Term 12, which will be released on August 23rd, tells the emotionally charged story of Grace, a young social worker struggling to care for a group of foster children while battling her own troubled history.
“Short Term 12 embodies the essence of the Spotlight Initiative by using the powerful medium of film to give voice to a compelling social issue affecting our nation,” said Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition. “On behalf of Short Term 12, we feel tremendously appreciative to be chosen for the Spotlight Initiative. We hope that everyone in America sees this incredibly well-crafted, life-affirming and inspiring film,” said Chris McGurk, CEO of Cinedigm, distributor of Short Term 12.
The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative champions the art and craft of independent filmmaking by providing cause-related marketing strategies and issue campaign resources that allow the film’s message to reach beyond the movie screen. By bringing in influencers from the business, entertainment, arts and policy arenas to support Spotlight Initiative films, The Creative Coalition is able to promote socially relevant, independent filmmaking.
About Short Term 12
Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty- something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.). But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility – Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. She and Mason also struggle to help Marcus (Keith Stanfield) – an intense, quiet kid who is about to turn 18 – manage through the difficulty of having to leave the facility. Grace comes to find – in both her work and the new teenager in her care – surprising sources of redemption. And while the subject matter is complex and often dark, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places.
About The Creative Coalition and the Spotlight Initiative:
The Creative Coalition (www.thecreativecoalition.org) is the premier nonprofit 501(c)(3), nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance, primarily public education, the First Amendment, and arts advocacy. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. The Spotlight Initiative was launched by The Creative Coalition, to support independent films with messages that make a positive difference in the world.
Over the past decade, Cinedigm has led the digital distribution revolution that continues to transform the media landscape. In addition to its pioneering role in transitioning movie theatres from traditional film prints to digital distribution, Cinedigm continues to advance worldwide cinema modernization with its suite of software products allowing exhibitors and distributors to manage their newly digital businesses with efficiency, insight and certainty. And, as the leading distributor of independent content in the world, Cinedigm collaborates with producers and the exhibition community with unequalled transparency to market, source, curate and distribute quality content across all digital platforms to targeted and profitable audiences. The company’s library of over 5,000 titles includes award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen indies from Flatiron Film Company® and acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Film. Cinedigm is proud to distribute many Oscar®-nominated films including THE INVISIBLE WAR, HELL AND BACK AGAIN, GASLAND, WASTE LAND and PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY.
Current and upcoming CEG releases include Destin Daniel Cretton’s SHORT TERM 12, Godfrey Reggio’s VISITORS, Penny Lane’s OUR NIXON and Shaul Schwarz’s NARCO CULTURA.
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