Directed by Nancy Kelly & Kenji Yamamoto
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.
THE FILMMAKER: Nancy Kelly wrote, produced and directed SMITTEN, which aired as a PBS Prime Time Special (2517 plays) and won the Audience Awards at the DC Independent Film Festival and Aspen Shortsfest (shared). SMITTEN was included in over twenty-five film festivals and is on iTunes in four countries. Kelly wrote, produced and directed DOWNSIDE UP, which aired on the PBS Independent Lens series and in over 125 countries. The Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts supported an extensive DOWNSIDE UP community engagement campaign. Kelly directed and produced the critically-acclaimed dramatic feature film THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD, which stars Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper. It was in over twenty-five film festivals, released theatrically in the United States, aired on the PBS American Playhouse series, Showtime, Sundance, Starz and Encore, and was broadcast widely internationally. She also made the award-winning documentary shorts: COWGIRLS, SWEEPING OCEAN VIEWS and A COWHAND’S SONG.