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LOST IN AMERICA interview w/ Director Rotimi Rainwater and Producer Mike C. Manning - Nashville Film Festival 2018



LOST IN AMERICA is a feature documentary on the issue of youth homelessness in America, following the director Rotimi Rainwater, a former homeless youth, as he travels the country to shine a light on the epidemic of youth homelessness in America- highlighting issues like: human trafficking, the foster care system, youth rejected because of their sexuality, domestic violence, abuse, and more. It also examines what many organizations, politicians and other public figures are doing (or not doing) to help these youths.

 Featuring interviews with Jewel (was homeless, EP on the film), Rosario Dawson (EP on the film), Jon Bon Jovi (founded the JBJ Soul Foundation in NJ to help homeless families), Halle Berry, Sanaa Lathan and Rebecca Gayheart, the project has captured the attention of dozens of organizations and members of Congress that have since become involved.

More than a film, Lost in America is a movement.  It started with one man’s journey to shine a light on the realities of youth living on the streets.  It then spread to a group of filmmakers who formed a team dedicated to telling the story of this important journey.  Now, this movement is spreading across the country to thousands who are standing with us make sure this light shines bright.

On today's episode of the podcast, I had the chance to chat with Director Rotimi Rainwater and Producer Mike C. Manning about LOST IN AMERICA. For more information on the film go to the official website http://www.lostinamericafilm.com.

This interview was recorded over a conference call, so occasionally you will hear some background noise while Rotimi is preparing a Mother's Day meal and Mike's dogs are playing in the background. I thought about editing out the noise but in the end decided to go with a more honest representation of our conversation.... or I'm lazy. Yeah, it's definitely the latter, I'm lazy and decided to go with the easier representation of our conversation.

Click play on the embedded player below to hear the episode.

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