Dir. Max Emerson, 2017, USA, 90 Minutes
Join us for a special evening to benefit LGBTQ homeless youth
U.S. Premiere In person: Writer/director Max Emerson
6:30PM: Cocktail Reception 8:00PM: Film Begins
In the United States, 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. This timely narrative feature debut from writer/director and Instagram superstar Max Emerson (@maxisms), poignantly captures the plight of LGBTQ youth. Unaccepted at home, 18-year-old Jack (Conor Donnally) survives in New York City through sex work, while trying to build a better life with his loving boyfriend Tom (Sean Ormond). When a closeted older client enters the picture, their challenges mount as Jack is taken from the homeless shelters of Manhattan to the shiny but deceptive dream of a better life in Miami.
Funded through crowdsourcing and a commitment to donating to LGBTQ organizations, HOOKED is proof that cinema can tell powerful stories of underrepresented, neglected populations while directly giving back the community.
Benefit VIP ticket: $75 Member Benefit VIP ticket: $50 Includes Meet & Greet with Max Emerson, VIP giftbag, and more
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The Ali Forney Center’s mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently by providing LGBTQ young people housing and a continuum of supportive services to help them thrive and prepare them for independent living.