This glorious, heart-wrenching story is both enduring and compelling. It is the story of three articulate African-American boys, Anthony, Eddie and Mike, from the boroughs of New York who engage in a struggle for self-respect while confronting hardships of their low-income family situations.
The film follows the boys for one year at Green Chimneys, a residential treatment center on a farm in Brewster, NY. It points to parental neglect as the cause of their emotional behaviors and the reason behind their stay at Green Chimneys. While there are many delightful moments, the film serves high drama between the boys, their families, their dorm staff and their peers.
Anthony, 13, is struggling to control his explosive temper. While he has made progress, he has a long way to go to overcome his feelings for his mother, who stole his personal belongings to support her drug habit. Eddie, 12, is confused about his once acceptable behavior of stealing and lying. Mike, 11, is nervous about starting a relationship with his mother because of her which conceived him.
Winner of the Innovation Award at the Taos Talking Pictures Festival, Green Chimneys is bound to spark emotion in us all.