LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A movie about homeless youth in Venice, California is receiving media attention and fanfare for the timely issues it portrays. In particular, the city that provides the setting for the film 'Sugar' has most recently been a hotbed of debate regarding homelessness.
'Sugar' is a film that follows the challenges faced by a 20 year old woman forced onto the streets of Venice after her family is killed in a tragic car accident. The script garnered the attention of film financier Elliott Broidy, who quickly supported its production. He has stated the rapid increase in youth homelessness is a phenomenon that requires immediate attention.
Elliott Broidy, a Los Angeles investment manager, is also a supporter of the children's organizations Lauren's Kids Foundation and the Council of Guardians of Aviva family. He is a native of Los Angeles who has said increasing outreach to homeless youth is an investment in the city itself.
Elliott Broidy's comments come on the heels of intensely contested policies in Venice, where the film 'Sugar' takes place. The oceanfront city has experienced a sharp increase in homeless encampments since the early part of last year, as reported in a May 2012 article from la.curbed.com. This phenomenon has been contested by many locals and merchants. Homeless youth, whose struggles are the basis for Sugar, are at the forefront of much of this controversy.
The impasse on homeless issues in Venice has given way to adopting several policies that ease concerns on both sides. This includes a recently unveiled program that creates storage space for the homeless while also clearing the beachfront of their belongings, according to a February article from the Los Angeles Times.
Lingering concerns include the lawfulness of the homeless encampments and allegations of unfair targeting. Similar debates have intensified across Los Angeles as a homeless population consisting largely of unaccompanied youth grows unabated, as reported by NBC Los Angeles.
As 'Sugar' nears its September 6th, 2013 release date, executive producer Elliott Broidy noted that recent accolades for the movie indicate public willingness to learn more. This recognition has included a congressional screening and the 'Film Heals Award' at the Manhattan Film Festival.
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