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Ronald Krauss and Kathy DiFiore talk ‘Gimme Shelter’

Writer/director Ronald Krauss and Several Sources Shelters President Kathy DiFiore recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner about the new drama “Gimme Shelter.”

In “Gimme Shelter,” which opens Friday, Jan. 24, Vanessa Hudgens plays a pregnant teenager whose journey plummets her into a perilous struggle until finding salvation in a suburban shelter for homeless teens where she is finally able to break the shackles of her past and embrace the future with clarity, maturity and hope not only for herself but her unborn child.

Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with Krauss and DiFiore by clicking on the image above this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which they discuss what they hope that audiences take away from watching “Gimme Shelter.”

I would like this film to carry the mantle of us as a society reviewing where we are at today and how we have been sort of classifying things up until this point. The first is family and that in today's world the definition of family is quite different than what it was even 5 years or 10 years ago. Family sort of looked like Brendan Fraser’s [character’s] family - the American dream and the opportunity of just getting it all and having it perfect. But the world is not perfect.

The truth is that most people don't have that and are made to feel like outcasts. But even friends are your family. And you are not an outcast; you are just as good as everybody else. I think that more and more people are starting to understand that. We are all each other's family. We need each other’s support. I am hoping that people who see this film will recognize these things as well as that there is always hope - especially if you have a selfless person caring about you. As long as you have somebody - anybody, even just a friend - there is a chance.” - Ronald Krauss

[After the screening of the film in Phoenix], a young man came up to me crying. He kept saying, ‘That was me.’ I hugged him and kept burying him in my shoulder because I felt that this young man needed so much love and so much attention. It made me realize that when people watch this movie ... they might get sideswiped like this young man. And our culture has to pick up people who need help. It made me think of the fact that we don't look at each other much face-to-face anymore. We are so involved in the wonderful electronics that we have but we need that love, that sense of dignity and that sense that somebody cares about the fact that we are wounded.’” - Kathy DiFiore