Doc Written by, Starring Youth in Foster Care Featured at Downtown L.A. Film Festival

KITS Blog PostBurnt Feathers, Broken Wings, an award- winning Kids In The Spotlight (KITS) short documentary written by and starring KITS youth, will screen at the Downtown L.A. Film Festival on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 10:05 am PST at the Regal LA Live: Theater 12.

Directed by Cady McClain, the 11.5- minute film is billed as an artful look at the trials and triumphs of four diverse girls in the foster system as they struggle with addiction and histories of abuse.

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Executive produced by Tige Charity and Kids In The Spotlight, Burnt Feathers, Broken Wings was produced by Cady McClain, Amanda Quinn-Olivar, and Maryvale Group Home, with cinematography by Genaro Marzan and music by Prentice Spry in collaboration with McClain, who also edited the documentary.

The film was written by Katherine B., Madison G., Aneles M., and Jacquline R. Dramatic reenactments were performed by Katherine B., Madison G., Aneles M., Jalynn S., and KITS acting mentor Reggie Gaskins.

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Burnt Feathers, Broken Wings is one of over 30 KITS films available on iNDIEFLIX, a social impact streaming service. It was accepted into the following film festivals: Santa Fe Film Festival (Best Social Justice Film Winner); Mystic Film Festival (Best Documentary Short Winner); New York City Independent Film Festival; Anatolia International Film Festival; Golden Jury International Film Festival; Indie Short Fest (Nominee, Best Director (female) and Nominee, Best Documentary Short); Drive In Events (Award Winner); Micheaux Film Festival; and See It – End It Film and Art Festival – Foster Care Night.

About the Director

Cady McClain is a three-time Emmy Award-winning actress and multiple award-winning filmmaker. Her documentary on female directors, Seeing is Believing: Women Direct won multiple “best of” festival awards including the Audience Award at the SOHO Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Artemis Film Festival, and a Jury Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

McClain was honored to receive the International Matrix Award from the Association of Women in Communications for her work in support of female directors and was a proud mentor at Women in Film. She is now an Ambassador for Kids In The Spotlight helping foster youth tell their stories, their way.

About the Film Festival

The Downtown L.A. Film Festival, established in 2008, has screened over 1,000 films, held over 200 events, and partnered with more than 75 other profit and nonprofit businesses in DTLA. The festival embraces a mission to show films that reflect the unique cultural, ethnic, and gender diversity of L.A.’s eastside communities. This was a conscious decision intended to lend a counterweight to the white male dominance of the commercial Hollywood film industry.

The 13th annual DTLA Film Festival, happening now through September 18th at Regal L.A. Live, features a total of 112 titles including 36 features and 76 short films, virtually all making their world, West Coast, or Los Angeles premieres, and all eligible for awards.

“In 2022, the DTLA Film Festival continues to embrace its decade-long mission of showcasing movies of all genres by filmmakers from groups traditionally underrepresented by Hollywood,” Director of Programming Karolyne Sosa said. “This year’s film lineup reflects that commitment to diversity with 62 percent of the films directed by people of color, and well over 40 percent directed by women.”