The CWLA Conference (2/27 - Washington, DC)
Conference on Adoption and Culture (3/23 - Claremont, CA)
GEAR UP Conference (7/23 - Washington, DC)
THE TOUR: Ask Us Who We Are was shown in over 17 Vermont towns this Spring and Fall - over 1700 people saw it!
Want Ask Us Who We Are to play in your town? Want to show the film to your organization?
Contact Bess O'Brien for details and rates.
For all distribution inquiries please contact:
Ostrow & Company
468 N. Camden Drive - Third Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Special Pricing Available for Vermont Schools. Please call 802-357-4616 to receieve your discount!
**For any organization, institution, school, or state agency wanting to use the film you MUST pay the Educational Package price. This covers all royalties for use in trainings, conferences, school screenings, etc.
For public screenings with the director and members of the film please call for prices 802-357-4616
“This is what a film should do…raise awareness without sounding preachy. So delicate is the balance of information and compassionate insight. The movie is sure to be part of conferences, independent living classes and training courses all across the country."
Chris Chmielewski, Foster Focus Magazine
"Ask Us Who We Are is an important film to watch. As our elected representatives are about to consider dismantling the social safety supports that so many of these children and families depend upon, they would do well to first view Ask Us Who We Are. “
Mark Redmond. The Huffington Post
“Every state in the Union should be so lucky to have Bess O’Brien working for them in support of children and families!”
Governor Peter Shumlin
“Bess O’Brien and Kingdom County Production’s work is exemplarity in the state of Vermont and has raised issues that are critical to children and families.”
Senator Bernie Sanders
“O’Brien’s latest film Ask Us Who We Are is superb, one of the best films I have ever seen!”
Howard Frank Mosher, Author
“Filmmaker Bess O’Brien’s Ask Us Who We Are is an inspiring tribute to the human spirit!”
David Moats, Rutland Herald
“In nearly two decades of making documentaries that shine light into the shadowed areas of Vermont life, O’Brien has acquired a knack for getting people to talk about uncomfortable subjects. Her latest Ask Us Who We Are is a work of art, beautifully crafted.”
Joseph Gresser, The Chronicle
Audience's Reactions to the Film
"[Ask Us Who We Are] is an aspiring window into a world that is present but often invisible in our society."
"Great introduction to those not familiar and validation for many who have not had a voice."
"This was a huge emotional wake-up call to me."
"Kudos to foster parents and to the foster children who are so resilient."
"This was a much needed, wonderful way to raise awareness."
"Thank you for an honest and compassionate film!"
Produced & Directed by Bess O'Brien
An Arts, Voice, Action film
Ask Us Who We Are is a documentary film focused on the challenges and extraordinary lives of youth in foster care. The film is a reflection on loss and the search for belonging and finding family. Although the film highlights the heartbreak that many foster care youth carry with them as they move through their lives, the documentary also reveals the tremendous strength and perseverance that grows out of their determination to survive and thrive.
The documentary also focuses on the lives of foster care parents and kinship families that open their homes to children. Through small and large acts of kindness these adults can change the course of children's lives and give them a sense of place if only for a brief time. In addition, the film highlights two parents who lose their children to the system and struggle to be reunited with them.
Ask Us Who We Are is about the search for home, community, and the transformative power of love in the midst of fractured and often broken lives. The film breaks open stereotypes and gives voice to those who are often not heard.
Bess O'Brien and participants of Ask Us Who We Are, receive the David Goldberg Youth Advocacy Award from Voices for Vermont's Children in June 2011.
We'd like to thanks our amazing sponsors who helped make this film and tour possible!
Casey Family Services, VT Dept for Children and Families, Lund Family Services, VT Dept of Mental Health, VT National Education Association, VSAC, VT Dept of Education, The VT Court Improvement Program, Johnson State College, Blue Cross Blue Shield of VT, No