Echo Park and Silver Lake filmmakers await release of “Short Term 12”

Short Term 12, a dramedy following the lives of the young occupants and staff at a foster-care group home, opens this Friday in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The opening of the indie film will be closely watched by a many people who live in the Echo Park-Silver Lake area, which is home to producer Asher Goldstein, writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton and other members of the crew. In fact, a large part of the film was shot in a home in Echo Park, said Goldstein.

“I am a longtime resident of Silver Lake/Echo Park alongside most of our crew members,” said Goldstein in a message to The Eastsider. “We shot a significant portion of the film at another filmmakers’ house in Echo Park.”

The film, which premiered at SXSW, was inspired by the two years Cretton spent working at a group home.  He applied his experiences to a 20-minute short he created for his thesis project at San Diego State University. That short won the Jury Prize at Sundance in 2009 and eventually lead to to Cretton’s second feature film.

“The film is about a 20-something supervisor at a residential foster-care facility who faces her own personal demons while struggling to care for the teens shes is charged with looking after,” Goldstein said. “The film sounds quite dark, but is full of humor, heart, and is ultimately a story that celebrates a grounded, but deeply real sense of optimism.”

Short Term 12  has been picking up praise from critics, including Richard Brody in the New Yorker, who says, “Cretton sees his protagonists through the eyes of the teens and gets to the ineffable core of trust.”

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