Impact Spotlight: “Foster Boy”

Shaquille O’Neal Presents Foster Boy – Trailer

Foster Boy tells the story of a young man imprisoned after enduring years of abuse in a for-profit foster care system. It’s a compelling legal drama from producer Peter Samuelson (Arlington Road) that reveals the injustices too many of our nation’s children face every day.

The script is written by attorney-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany, based his experiences as a litigator in Chicago. For the past 20 years Deratany has been fighting on behalf of children abused or killed while under the care of private foster care firms contracted by state child welfare agencies.

Shaquille O’Neal, an executive producer of the film, has written: “Too many foster kids are scared, neglected, lonely and abused. They struggle in school, and suffer from low self-esteem and depression. I will not give up on foster kids.” Read Shaq’s op-ed here, and learn more about the film Foster Boy here!

The buzz is growing over the film. It has been racking up awards at film festivals nationwide including Best of the Fest and Best Narrative Feature at the International Black Film Festival; Best Full-Length Narrative Feature as well as the Human Rights and Dignity Award at the Tryon Film Festival, to name a few.  O’Neal said he hopes to sell as a series to a streaming service like Netflix or Showtime. 

Actor Matthew Modine, left, plays attorney Michael Trainer representing foster youth Jamal Randolph, right (played by Shane Paul McGie), in the new film “Foster Boy.”

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