Pamela Tom – Director, Producer
The remarkable story of four foster youth preparing for life outside the foster care system. Summer, 17 and transgender, yearns to be adopted. Glorianna, 19 and an artist, struggles to live on her own after spending 12 years in a residential care facility. Jaloni and Kalonji, 18-year-old twins, grew up in poverty, but become star athletes and scholars with the help of two loving adults.
Glorianna: My Art Tells My Story
Animator and artist, Glorianna lived in Maryvale Residential Center for 13 years after entering foster care. She was only supposed to stay 30 days.
Jaloni: Paving His Way
“I love running!” Jaloni, a record setting track and field athlete, college student and foster youth, found refuge from his childhood trauma by putting on his sneakers and “freeing his mind.”
I Am Going To College!
Foster youth, Kalonji, visits Cal State Los Angeles, with his foster mother. He’s made it to the Guardian Scholars Program!
Paulette: Loving Them For Them
Former foster youth, Paulette Jackson has fostered 53 youth over the years. Twin brothers Kalonji and Jaloni are the most recent to go off to college!
Never Giving Up
High school foster youth, Summer, chooses dance as her form of personal expression. As a transgender youth and older teen, her goal is to be adopted into a stable, loving, accepting family.
Showing Up When It Counts
Sometimes speaking the tough truth is the best way to help! Sam Bernstein is Summer’s CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).
Pamela Tom – Director, Producer
Pamela Tom is an award-winning filmmaker with a strong interest in the arts and social justice. Her feature debut, Tyrus, premiered at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival, was broadcast on the Emmy-nominated season of PBS’s American Masters, and won nine awards. Her critically acclaimed short film, Two Lies, was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and New Directors/New Films and is distributed by Women Make Movies. Tom directed legendary actor Sidney Poitier in a monologue to promote the original Showtime movie, Mandela and DeKlerk. She was a producer on several national PBS series for KCET and has filmed on location in the US, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. From 2000-2009, she was the Director of Diversity at Film Independent where she ran Project:Involve, a mentoring and talent development program for women and filmmakers of color. She received a Walt Disney Writing Fellowship and the Dorothy Arzner Award For Outstanding Woman Director. Tom received her BA with honors from Brown University and her MFA in film and television from UCLA. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Film Fatales.
Joe Fenstermaker – Editor
Joe Fenstermaker is a documentary film editor who began his career in New York City as an Assistant Editor working with award-winning directors Alex Gibney, Lydia Tenaglia, Alison Ellwood and Brett Morgan on numerous feature length documentary films and TV series. Joe worked on films that premiered at the 2013 and 2018 Sundance Film Festival and in 2014 and 2016 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Since moving to Los Angeles Joe has been an assistant editor for Oscar winning director Morgan Neville, co-editor on a documentary about family custody rights in Alabama, and editor on Finding Home: A Foster Youth Story. Joe is currently editing a documentary for director Stephanie Soechtig. Joe graduated from Hampshire College with a concentration in documentary film.