Kelly+Yamamoto Productions | Kelly+Yamamoto Productions | TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives
Theater has always been a powerful tool for cultural, political and community transformation. 
TRUST follows Chicago’s acclaimed Albany Park Theater Project, an after school theater program for immigrant teens, as it creates an original play from one member's extraordinary story. This moving and celebratory film weaves together themes of immigration, identity, trust, and the liberating power of re-imagining your narrative on stage.
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Second Acts in Young Lives

©2010 — 78/57 minutes


TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives explores one of the art world’s little-known secrets: the positive influence that making theater has on the lives of immigrant teenagers.


TRUST follows Chicago’s neighborhood Albany Park Theater Project (APTP), which is dedicated to helping teenagers re-imagine their real life experiences into creative interpretations on stage. Marlín, an 18-year-old Hondureña, tells her story to the ensemble. Then she and her fellow young actors transform it into a daring, original play and invite family, friends, teachers and classmates to see it.


• Youth Vision Award, United Nations Association Film Festival, Palo Alto, CA
• Jury Award, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Sebastopol, CA
• Best Documentary Award, Reel Rasquache Art and Film Festival, Los Angeles

Key Credits

Writer, Director, Producer: Nancy Kelly
Editor, Producer: Kenji Yamamoto
Director of Photography, Consulting Producer:
Dan Gold
Composer: Todd Boekelheide
Sound Mix: Phil Perkins
Graphic Design: Gary Jaeger

Primary Funders

• John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
• The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

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