Roadside Nabs U.S. Rights to Vanessa Hudgens Starrer 'Gimme Shelter'

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Hudgens and Brendan Fraser will star in "Gimme Shelter," an indie drama that Ron Krauss is writing and directing. The film centers on a pregnant, homeless teen who seeks out her biological father. Krauss, Jeff Rice and Dama Claire are producing.

The Ron Krauss-helmed drama also stars Brendan Fraser, Rosario Dawson, James Earl Jones and Ann Dowd.

In advance of its world premiere at the Heartland Film Festival, Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Ron Krauss' drama Gimme Shelter.

The film, which is slated as Heartland's opening-night film Oct. 17, stars Vanessa Hudgens as a pregnant teen runaway. Brendan Fraser, Rosario Dawson, James Earl Jones and Ann Dowd also star.

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Roadside will release the film Jan. 24.

Based on a true story, Gimme Shelter chronicles 16-year-old Agnes "Apple" Bailey's struggle for survival and the hope of redemption through the harsh realities of life on the streets. Apple's journey plummets her into a perilous struggle until she finds salvation in a suburban shelter for homeless teens. With provisions of unprecedented comfort, a collective sisterhood connection and female empowerment, the shelter inspires Apple to break the shackles of her past and embrace the future.

The film is inspired by Kathy DiFiore’s longstanding efforts with Several Sources Shelters. DiFiore, played by Dowd in the film, worked closely with Mother Teresa in an effort to change the shelter laws in New Jersey.

The film was written, produced and directed by Krauss, who financed the film through his Day 28 Films banner along with producer Jeff Rice and co-producer Joshua Amir.

"[Krauss] poured his heart and soul into Gimme Shelter. And we were quite impressed with Vanessa Hudgens, who delivered a terrific, and transformative, performance," Roadside co-president Howard Cohen said. "We feel the film will appeal to moviegoers on many levels and hope they leave the theater feeling uplifted."

Added Krauss: "I have dedicated the last few years of my life to bringing [the film] to the screen. Based on true lives of embattled young girls I encountered at the Several Sources Shelters, I was inspired by its founder and guiding force Kathy DiFiore, who is an incredible force tirelessly helping the less fortunate."

The deal was negotiated by Cohen and attorney Greg Bernstein on behalf of Roadside and by Krauss and attorney Matt Galsor of Greenberg-Glusker on behalf of the filmmakers.