Friday, June 22, 2018

"HOOKED" YOUNG GAY AND HOMELESS IN AMERICA

By José Alberto Hermosillo
“Hooked” is a compelling and an eye-opening work of fiction that awakens the consciousness of the homeless problem of the unprotected youth in America.

This gay drama is a mirror of our modern-day society and chronicles the untried days of Jack (Conor Donnally).

Besides performing semi-naked with his guitar on the streets of New York, the free-spirited young hustler gains a few extra bucks doing tricks with men and women as well.
He also enjoys playing pranks on the streets with his supportive and naïve boyfriend Tom, Sean Ormond, a penniless aspirant photographer.

In search of their own identity, they plan to move out of the shelter to a place of their own and live happily ever after. As the days pass, they will discover that life is not a fairy tale.

Jack has promised not to get “Hooked” on drugs until his 18th birthday, but it's tough for kids at this age to keep those promises alive, mostly when his birthday is around the corner.

Meanwhile, Ken, a mature, caring, religious, and confused, married and wealthy film producer – played by Terrence Murphy – wants to go out and have fun with guys, while his wife has to take care of their baby at home.
Conor Donnally. Copyrights @ headshots, 2017
Resembling the gay version of “Pretty Woman,” Jack and Ken meet for dinner in an expensive restaurant. Quickly, Ken invites “the boy” on a trip to his penthouse in Miami, something Jack had never dreamed of.

Jack is an ambitious, explosive, protective, and territorial with the people that care about him. Triggered by jealousy, he decides to go out to the treacherous streets of Florida to continue his life of drugs and prostitution. Life can be harsh for people at a young age.

This film reveals Jack’s enormous necessity of belonging, as he cries out loud wanting to be accepted, loved, and respected. Redemption may be on his way.  

Conor Donnally. Copyrights @ headshots, 2017
Actor Conor Donnally is a revelation – the camera loves him. He articulates Jack’s emotions with his face and body language perfectly – All-the-while he is able to show his expressions of happiness and internal pain at the same time.
Max Emerson, writer/director/celebrity
Copyrights @ Festival in LA 2016
Applauding this praiseworthy, character-driven, first project writer and director Max Emerson (“Eastsiders,” “Hit the Floor,” and the “Glee” TV Series) took his celebrity status to crowd-funding a film that focuses on LGBTQ youth matters.

With some clichés and unrealistic situations, this film could be frustrating for some viewers making them wonder if people may act this way in real life, as the actors do a compelling job pulling off a complicated subject matter. 

In America, LGBT young people are eight times more likely to be homeless. Those kids are twice as likely to be sexually abused, to developing severe drug addictions, or to commit suicide.

The producers will be donating 50% of the proceeds to not-for-profit organizations helping troubled young people.

For more information on how you can help, give, volunteer or even become a foster parent, please visit:

Partner organizations include the Ali Forney Center, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Albert Kennedy Trust (UK), Lost and Found, and GLAAD.

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