Ahead of its world premiere at the Heartland Film Festival on October 17th, Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Ronald Krauss’ “Gimme Shelter,” starring Vanessa Hudgens, Brendan Fraser, Rosario Dawson, James Earl Jones and Ann Dowd (“Compliance”). The company plans to open it nationwide January 24, 2014.
Here’s the synopsis per Roadside:
Based on a true story centering on
16-year-old Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens), “Gimme Shelter”
uncovers the struggle for survival and the hope of redemption through
the harsh realities of life on the streets.
As a pregnant teenager, Apple’s journey plummets her into a perilous
struggle until finding salvation in a suburban shelter for homeless
teens. With provisions of unprecedented comfort, a collective
sisterhood connection and female empowerment, the shelter
inspires Apple to break the shackles of her past and inspires her to
embrace the future with clarity, maturity and hope not only for herself
but her unborn child.
The film was written, produced and directed
by Krauss, who financed the film through his Day 28 Films banner along
with producer Jeff Rice and co-producer Joshua Amir.
“Based on a true story, we were moved by
Ronald’s film. He poured his heart and soul into ‘Gimme Shelter.’ And we
were quite impressed with Vanessa Hudgens, who delivered a terrific, and
transformative, performance,” said Roadside Co-President Howard Cohen.