Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Supports Community Engagement Effort for Documentary

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Supports Community Engagement Effort for Documentary

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NLC is a leading national partner organization in the community engagement campaign for a television documentary on reaching out to disconnected youth that airs this month.

"Country Boys" will premiere on the PBS series "Frontline" on January 9-11 at 9:00 p.m. EST/PST.

About The Documentary

Set in the Eastern Kentucky town of David, the film highlights the growing national issue of older youth with tenuous ties to family, school, work and the community, even as it sensitively and power fully portrays the struggle of two young men to reach a relatively comfortable adulthood.

Filmmaker David Sutherland, who also directed "The Farmer's Wife," spent three years documenting the lives of Chris Johnson, Cody Perkins, their families and the David Schoo, the town's private high school.

Themes of faith, mentoring, work, identity and relationships resound throughout the film.

"David Sutherland's exceptional film is really the story of the American dream seen though the eyes of two boys about to become men," notes Michael Sullivan. "Frontline" executive producer for special projects.

"It is an intimate journey through that exhilarating twilight of adolescence when our lives are poised between who we were born and who we could become. It is a story for everyone who remembers what it was like to be young.

Community Engagement Campaign

"'Country Boys' points to the need for a variety of systems and supports to help older teens living at the margins," says Cliff Johnson, executive director of NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. …

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