Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
A three year old girl born into severe poverty contends with the fact that she may be placed in foster care after her teenage mother is thrown in jail on burglary charges. Actress Paula Mendoza was playing the role of a young mother in the independent film On the Outs when she formed a close bond with her co-star Autumn Collier, who played her onscreen daughter. Autumn was from Jersey City, New Jersey. Despite facing such extreme obstacles as living in a household with no electricity for weeks on end, and potentially being placed in foster care while her mother was incarcerated, young Autumn always maintained a positive outlook on life. Inspired, Mendoza decided to take a turn behind the camera to document the experiences of a young girl with a remarkable spirit, and a powerful determination to break the cycle of abuse, incarceration, and poverty that has consumed so many before her.
actor, burglary, foster-care, girl, poverty