Friday's Child

Texas' first lady rolls out red carpet for Austin premiere of powerful new film

Texas' first lady rolls out red carpet for Austin premiere of new film

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Cecila Abbott introduced the film. Courtesy photo
Friday's Child screening
Trevon Harris and Joseph Head, who were products of the foster care system, spoke after the film about their experiences, joined by Cecilia Abbott and Alan Elias. Courtesy photo
Friday's Child screening
Gina Davis served as an executive producer of the film. Courtesy photo
Friday's Child screening
Marielle Zuccarelli, Jeff James, Alan Elias, Cecilia Abbott, Dawn Elias, and Gina Davis  Courtesy photo
Friday's Child screening
Hank Whitman, Alan Elias, and Julie Hildebrand. Courtesy photo
Friday's Child screening
Gina Davis and Alan Elias took part in a panel discussion on the film and the foster care system. Courtesy photo
Friday's Child screening cecilia abbott
Friday's Child screening
Friday's Child screening
Friday's Child screening
Friday's Child screening
Friday's Child screening

What: Austin screening of Friday's Child 

Where: Bob Bullock Texas History Museum

The lowdown: On May 2, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott hosted a special Austin screening of Friday's Child, a narrative film that spotlights America's complex foster care system — and the people who fall through the cracks. Texas state employees, nonprofits, and members of the media were invited to screen this "movie to movement" film prior to its theatrical release on May 7.

"Friday's Child tells the story of an 18-year-old boy who ages out of the foster care system [and is] left alone to his own devices," according to a release. "The film highlights the tragic reality that 25,000 children face every year when they age out of the system with little to no resources necessary to survive let alone thrive, 40 percent become homeless, and 60 percent live a life of crime."

Following a media meet and greet, co-hosted by nonprofit Ticket to Dream, Abbott introduced the film to "raise awareness of the opportunities to help foster children overcome these adversities."

The film's May release is timed in conjunction with National Foster Care month. To learn more about how you can help or to donate, click here.

Who: Cecilia AbbottJulie HildebrandAlan Elias, Gina Davis, Trevon Harris, Jason Head, Hank Whitman, Dawn Elias, and Marielle Zuccarelli