Feature Film on Homeless Youth Sponsored by NRS Gets Premiere in Los Angeles.

NRS is a supporter of the arts and understands the power of storytelling. That is why NRS is happy to be a participating sponsor for the film production company Brown Eyed Girls Productions and their feature-length film, “Between the Miles.

In order to show our support, I recently attended a screening of the film, a story about a young musician who starts as a teacher to homeless youth and then becomes homeless herself, in Los Angeles. This was a premier event, featuring the cast in attendance, at the Crest, a beautiful movie palace built in 1940.

The Marquee of the Crest in Los Angeles

The mezzanine was emblazoned with lights, and the red carpet was buzzing with excitement.



My guest Brenda Davidson and I on the Red Carpet

My guest Brenda and I on the red carpet.

My guest and I walked into the theater, an ornate interior with gorgeous murals on the walls celebrating Hollywood. We found our seats and waited for the lights to go down. As the projector clicked on, a special video about School on Wheels, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that is committed to teaching and mentoring at-risk youth played.

As a sponsor of the film, NRS’ service announcement produced with Chris “Ludacris” Bridges was included in the film:

The feature began, and it is a moving story. The film is shot in a documentary-style on the streets of L.A. The portrayals are simple and connected. The scenery is a combination of the beauty and the loneliness of a city. The lesson, that we are all lost and need help to find our path, was delivered in an informative and entertaining way.

Afterwards, I was able to meet producers Michelle Opitz and Emily Beach and speak with them about the film and their goals. Both are teachers in Los Angeles, instructing at-risk youth in film production, and the film was born out of Michelle’s experience working with youth.

Both Michelle and Emily spoke about their experiences working with homeless youth. They talked about the challenge of providing care when funding is low or even curtailed, and the great need for programs for at-risk youth. They spoke of how when given the opportunity, youth would bloom in front of them, opening up and letting their guard down. They were able to be kids again, if only for brief moments.

Here are some questions I had for them and their responses:

What is the significance of the title of the film?
I taught homeless and foster youth throughout Los Angeles. There was one center where I was teaching that had shut down abruptly due to various reasons. The students were displaced, several ran away, it was a big mess… I titled the project “Between the Miles,” because I often look back on my time spent with those students and truly believe “happiness comes from between.” There were a lot of tough moments with my students, but a lot of inspiring moments as well. Walking mile after mile is an important element of the story. Florence, the main character, and her boys are constantly walking throughout the city, looking for the next place to call their “temporary home.” They catch the buses and metros and make their way to the beach. In many ways, the lessons Florence learns from the boys are the same exact lessons I learned as a teacher.

Will there be screenings in the near future?
Yes, we have been submitting and will continue to submit to film festivals. We are hoping to find a prominent film festival to ‘World Premiere’ our film. We don’t have any dates or locations set as of now, but we will absolutely keep you in the loop when additional screenings are set up.

What can followers do to support the film?
If anyone would like to support our film, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. This is the best way to stay in touch with us and see what we are up to next!

The goal of the film is to spread awareness of the issue of homeless youth in America while presenting it in a profound and entertaining forum. The film accomplishes this through effective storytelling, honest performances and touching moments.

We look forward to the future of this project and the futures of these filmmakers. We will be giving updates on its development. For information on future screenings of the film in your area, send an email to info@browneyedgirlsproductions.com. You can also follow the film on Facebook and Twitter.


– Johnny Moran




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