Working on the “Unaccompanied Youth” film was and eye opening experience. First of all, I got to meet and interact with the actor Edwin Lee Gibson. He is a remarkable person who gives so much of his time. His ability to connect and interact with youth is really inspiring. He is a lesson in how opening up to kids about your issues helps them to understand their own predicament.
Obviously with a subject matter this sensitive every precaution had to be made to protect the kids. I knew this going in but got a real appreciation for putting these measures into place during this project. Filming at the shelter required very specific instruction and several layers of checks and balances.
The topic of unaccompanied and homeless youth is very detailed. What I wanted to convey with this piece is that they deserved to be heard. Edwin Lee Gibson provided the perfect manifestation of that message. Hopefully the viewers will walk away understanding that regardless of who we are and what are circumstances may be, we all have voice.