Producer / Director: Janet Gardner
Executive Producer: E. Ty Gardner
Directors of Photography: Len McClure and Jim Nickless
Produced for Cambridge Educational Video
Winner of Telly Award, 1995
Selected for the Best Science Films and Videos of 1996
in Science Books & Films
, published by the American
Association for the Advancement of Science
Part of the Running Away, Dropping Out series, these videos
(Children of the Night and Starting Over) are compelling for
both teens and the adults who seek to provide alternatives
to running away.
, September 15, 1995
From California to New York to Florida, life-worn, world-weary
faces tell stories about the unfulfilled expectations that
characterise the runaway experience, and about their race
for mere survivial. Teachers and others working with young
people will want to preview the videos before sharing them
in order to prepare for the discussion they will provoke...
Public libraries and organizations providing resources for
youth services will want to add these haunting portraits of
young people in peril to their collections.
From Barb White, Akron-Summit County Public Library,
Ohio, School Library Journal,
This is a valuable video for adolescents to watch. Firsthand
interviews with homeless teens convey the dangers of prostitution
and drug addiction, telling graphically of the adults who
prey on them and how street life itself is addictive and difficult
to escape once it becomes a way of life. Interviews with adults
show these children there are alternatives, and stress that
adolscents thinking of running away should make the streets
their last choice; homelessness won't make problems go away,
it merely creates new and possibly more life-threatening ones.
This is a recommended program for middle and high schools
and for public libraries. This video could possibly make a
difference to a child who is thinking about running away,
and convince that child to seek help elsewhere.
From the Video Rating Guide for Libraries
6. No. 2.