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“Beautiful Youth” to premiere at Sacramento Film & Music Festival

Paul, a homeless youth from the documentary, and his campsite

The Sacramento Film & Music Festival will be hosting the premiere of Jennifer Lystrup’s film “Beautiful Youth,” a documentary that highlights the issue of youth homelessness in Sacramento, to the public. The documentary sheds light on 10 homeless youths and tells their stories in their own voices.

The 47-minute film will be shown at the Crest Theatre at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

“I’m so happy to even have this opportunity,” Lystrup said, “It’d be really nice if people from the local city government show up because this is an issue that needs to be addressed.”

In a previous Sacramento Press article on the documentary, Lystrup said she had hoped to get a public screening for the film in the future, though no date had been arranged.   

Tony Sheppard, one of the directors for the festival, said that they decided to keep a programming slot open for the festival in case something came along at the last minute, and he was “pondering that time slot when I saw that article.”

Sheppard also said that they have the opportunity to show the film twice if the public reception calls for it.

“If it seems there’s some buzz around it, we’ll show it a second time that night,” Sheppard said. The second screening would be at 8 p.m.

“I hope a lot of people show up to it and listen to the voices of the young people,” she said.

Lystrup will be available after the screening to talk about her experience in the making of the film. Sonny Iverson from Wind Youth Services, who helped with the outreach in the film, will be attending the screening also, along with Raven Hoopes and Michelle Lopez from Harm Reduction Services.

For more information on the festival and the other films being shown, visit the website.

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