One of the popular films at this past summer's Maine International Film Festival, Shoe Shine Caddie documents 14 months of Adrian’s journey, a 61 year old African American man, who after decades of being incarcerated is free and living on the streets. Because of his criminal record, and lack of skills and education, gainful employment has proven next to impossible. Unwilling to beg for a living, he discovers the art of shoe shining that he claims, “most probably saved my life.” One morning, while shining shoes on a street corner, he receives a call from the Los Angeles Department of Social Services informing him he is the father of a three year old child. Stunned by the news, he reflects on his previous failures as a father for his other three children who are now grown. He decides this time he'll do the right thing. The battle to gain custody of his young daughter changes his life forever.
Filmmaker, Leonard Manzella, has strong feelings about the political and social circumstances that have led to the homeless crisis our country is facing. But he didn’t want to preach or make any statements with the film. "Instead, I wanted tell the story of one man who is homeless." said Manzella, "I hope people can hear his story, witness his struggle, and experience him as an individual trying to survive like all of us. I want people to watch the film and make up their own minds on what to take away."
Leonard Manzella has graciously allowed this screening as a fundraiser for Starfish Village Ministy (learn more about our work here). He will also be recording a special message to be shared during the event. We hope you can join us at 7 PM on Thursday, November 9th at the Maine Film Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville.
We are not selling tickets, but we are suggesting a minimum donation of $20 per person for admission. We hope to fill the theater to capacity on the night of the screening. Everyone is encouraged to attend. If you want to assure your spot, you can reserve a seat by completing the form below with your information, the names of those attending, and your donation
If you cannot attend on November 9th, you can still support our work with a donation. We will be drawing a 50/50 raffle that night. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. If you are present, you may purchase raffle tickets that night. You may also use the form below to indicate how many tickets you want then proceed to the donation page. We will fill out the tickets and enter them for you.