By Craig Juntunen
A UNIQUE ENERGY
Tonight we had the privilege to play to a relatively full house with the added honor of having Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici join us for the entire evening. Her presence and energy was meaningful in a couple of ways; it made a statement regarding the significance of the issue and our movement, and it was of real value to have her lead the Town Hall Q&A.
Congresswoman Bonamici offered some encouraging insights on how real progress can be made and we all left the evening with a sense of optimism that some crucial first steps are being taken to help children.
In the first 25 cities of the STUCK tour, we’ve had the good fortune to have three members of Congress join us during some of the events. This situation is highly unusual for an independent documentary film, and it underscores the importance of the children’s lives we’re all advocating for. STUCK has continued to defy the odds and distinguish itself in the documentary film world: showing STUCK in the Congressional theater last summer, winning a film festival award, receiving a distribution deal from an iconic Hollywood firm. Each of these accomplishments would be remarkable on their own for an independent documentary film. STUCK, however, has had the good fortune to have all of the above attached to its name.
For me though, the most satisfying part of the STUCK experience so far
is how we constantly hear the phrase
“It’s about time”
from the audiences who view this film.
While STUCK has enjoyed some very special circumstances, all we ever really wanted the film to be was the catalyst for a conversation about children living outside parental care. That conversation continued in a dramatic fashion last night as Congresswoman Bonamici responded to questions in a thoughtful and progressive manner.
STUCK has proven to be a symbolic lightning rod to make something very wrong, right. That conversation continues as we head to Seattle and a sold-out Landmark Theater for tomorrow night’s show.