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CATCHER, THE

What to know: The Catcher is a cinematic youth to youth mirror showing how young people view homelessness and their peers.
CATCHER, THE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
8 minutes
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The Catcher is a terrific short film. I especially like the acting and twist at the end. The authenticity of this film hits the mark when it comes to setting up its message and spinning it on itself to give viewers an "aha" moment.

In an attempt to draw attention to the dilemma of homelessness, the professor at this high school teaches students the importance of being a "catcher" - someone who takes a stand for others having a hard time and catching them as they fall through the cracks. People need to be caught for different reasons - homelessness, poverty, joblessness and similar. This film is a great example of how organizing people towards a common goal to assist those in need can, and will, make a difference in this world.

The Catcher flows well as it immediately establishes the bonds between students that care about each other. This interracial friendship has a cinematographic component, with medium close-ups of its actors whispering to each other and facial reactions to each other's comments. It's also a reminder to not be surprised that the person who needs care the most does not fit the demographic you thought they might.

The message of this film is that there is no one group of people that will experience homelessness in this world. We are all subject to tragedy and loss, and the way to prevent the devastating consequences of tragedy is to get the support from compassionate, caring people.

I give The Catcher 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Nancy K., KIDS FIRST!

The Catcher is a terrific short film. I especially like the acting and twist at the end. The authenticity of this film hits the mark when it comes to setting up its message and spinning it on itself to give viewers an "aha" moment.

In an attempt to draw attention to the dilemma of homelessness, the professor at this high school teaches students the importance of being a "catcher" - someone who takes a stand for others having a hard time and catching them as they fall through the cracks. People need to be caught for different reasons - homelessness, poverty, joblessness and similar. This film is a great example of how organizing people towards a common goal to assist those in need can, and will, make a difference in this world.

The Catcher flows well as it immediately establishes the bonds between students that care about each other. This interracial friendship has a cinematographic component, with medium close-ups of its actors whispering to each other and facial reactions to each other's comments. It's also a reminder to not be surprised that the person who needs care the most does not fit the demographic you thought they might.

The message of this film is that there is no one group of people that will experience homelessness in this world. We are all subject to tragedy and loss, and the way to prevent the devastating consequences of tragedy is to get the support from compassionate, caring people.

I give The Catcher 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Nancy K., KIDS FIRST!

The Catcher is a cinematic youth to youth mirror showing how young people view homelessness and their peers. Daphne learns a hard lesson about judging a book by its cover while Zoe and Sabrina realize they are both "catching."
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