Based on the inspiring true events, “Gimme Shelter” centers on the courageous story of Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) and her incredible path to motherhood as a pregnant, homeless teenager. Forced to flee her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson), and turned away by her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser), Apple finds herself on a desperate and isolated journey of survival. In the depths of despair, she meets a compassionate stranger (James Earl Jones), who ultimately leads her to salvation and unprecedented support in a suburban shelter for homeless teenagers. With gained confidence, and the warmth of her new home, Apple breaks from her inhibiting past, embracing the future with clarity and hope.
Hudgens’ immersed herself in the character and delivers a transformative and stunning performance. To prepare, she lived for weeks in pregnancy shelters, interacting with the young, homeless mothers who also appear in the film, completely altering her appearance unrecognizable.
Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical franchise) leads an all-star cast including James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, Star Wars franchise), Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Trance), Stephanie Szostak (Iron Man 3, We Bought A Zoo), Emily Meade (Thanks For Sharing), Ann Dowd (Compliance, Side Effects) and Brendan Fraser (Crash, The Mummy). Also appearing in the film are several real life shelter mothers, their babies and Kathy DiFiore.
Written and directed by Ronald Krauss, the film is produced by Krauss and Jeff Rice (End of Watch, 2 Guns). Director of photography is Alain Marcoen (The Kid with a Bike, She is Not Crying, She is Singing). Production designer is William Ladd Skinner (This is the End, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise). Costume designer is Ciera Wells (All is Bright, Damsels in Distress). Executive producers are Paul Hellerman (Pulp Fiction, The Mexican) and Scott Steindorff (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Human Stain).
Gimme Shelter played at the 2013 Heartland Film Festival in the Opening Night Event.