TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives is a feature-length verité documentary about eighteen-year-old Marlin, a survivor of rape who – propelled by theater – experiences a very healthy movement away from identifying herself with that trauma. At age twelve, Marlin was raped by two men in the bathroom of her grandmother’s church in Honduras. She told no one. Two years later, she immigrated with her older brother Carlos to live with their mother in Chicago, where Carlos repeatedly raped her. She didn’t resist – she felt she’d already lost everything – but keeping those secrets weighed heavily on her and she drank, took drugs, cut herself, ran away from home and attempted suicide. Her mother committed Marlin to a psychiatric hospital, where she spent nearly 200 nights. Finally she confided her secrets to a counselor who helped her and recommended the Albany Park Theater Project (APTP), a neighborhood teen theater company that creates original plays from members’ real life stories. TRUST follows Marlin and APTP as they take her story from the personal to the public and the APTP ensemble as they overcome their shame about the subject of rape and incest and invite family, friends, teachers, and classmates to see the play, Remember Me Like This, during its seven weekend run.
Since 1997, APTP has created highly-skilled, artistic and transformative theater. And they do it with kids who never audition. APTP co-founder and artistic director David Feiner, who holds a masters degree from the Yale Graduate School of Drama, has a practiced method and he stays with the kids as they grow. The experience is truly artistic and transformational for the ensemble members.
TRUST is the third in a thematic trilogy about the transformative power of art by veteran independent filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto.
Nancy Kelly is a Sundance Fellow and veteran filmmaker who most recently wrote, directed and produced REBELS WITH A CAUSE. Produced in partnership with KRCB North Bay Public Television, REBELS screened in many film festivals, and then received theatrical distribution in seventeen states, including a remarkable eleven-week run at the Rafael Film Center. Prior to REBELS, Nancy wrote, directed and produced a documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art: TRUST: SECOND ACTS IN YOUNG LIVES, SMITTEN, and DOWNSIDE UP. She also directed and produced the acclaimed narrative feature film THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD, starring Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper. She participated in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab with THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD and has been an artist in residence at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. She teaches screenwriting at City College of San Francisco.
Kenji Yamamoto is a Sundance fellow whose work has won many awards and screened worldwide. As part of Kelly+Yamamoto Productions, he produced and edited the environmental documentary REBELS WITH A CAUSE (APT), narrated by Frances McDormand, and a documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art: DOWNSIDE UP (PBS INDEPENDENT LENS, internationally, ITVS TRUE STORIES: LIFE IN THE USA); SMITTEN, (PBS Primetime Special); and TRUST: SECOND ACTS IN YOUNG LIVES (PBS AMERICA REFRAMED). He produced and edited THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD (PBS American Playhouse series). THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD starred Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper. Independently of Kelly+Yamamoto Productions, Kenji edited Rebecca Parrish’s RADICAL GRACE, Hot Docs 2015 Top 5 Audience Favorite., Jennifer Taylor’s NEW MUSLIM COOL, (P.O.V.) winner of the Al Jazeera International Film Festival Freedom Award, and Mark Lipman and Helen Cohen’s STATES OF GRACE, winner of audience awards at Mill Valley, Seattle Lesbian and Gay, and Napa Valley Film Festivals. Kenji participated in the Sundance Documentary Edit Lab with NEW MUSLIM COOL and the Sundance Screenwirter’s Lab with THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD.