First Look at Vanessa Hudgens in 'Gimme Shelter'

Roadside Attractions picks up this drama from director Ronald Krauss, which shows the actress in a transformative dramatic role.
In advance of its Heartland Film Festival's World Premiere as the Opening Night film on October 17th, Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to the inspirational drama Gimme Shelter from filmmaker Ron Krauss. The film stars Vanessa Hudgens, as a pregnant teen runaway, as well as Brendan Fraser, Rosario Dawson, James Earl Jones and Ann Dowd. Roadside has targeted January 24, 2014 for national release.

Gimme Shelter First Look Photo of Vanessa Hudgens

Based on a true story centering on 16-year-old Agnes "Apple" Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens), Gimme Shelter uncovers the struggle for survival and the hope of redemption through the harsh realities of life on the streets. As a pregnant teenager, Apple's journey plummets her into a perilous struggle until finding 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 inspires her to embrace the future with clarity, maturity and hope not only for herself but her unborn child.

The film is inspired by a David and Goliath true story of Kathy DiFiore's longstanding Several Sources Shelters. Kathy is played in the film by Ann Dowd. Kathy worked hand-in-hand with Mother Teresa in an effort to change the shelter laws in New Jersey.

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

Said Roadside Co-President Howard Cohen,

"Based on a true story, we were moved by Ron Krauss's film. He poured his heart and soul into Gimme Shelter. And we were quite impressed with Vanessa Hudgens, who delivered a terrific, and transformative, performance. We feel the film will appeal to moviegoers on many levels and hope they leave the theatre feeling uplifted."


Ron Krauss stated,

"I have dedicated the last few years of my life to bringing Gimme Shelter 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. For Gimme Shelter, we could not ask for a better partner and distributor than Howard Cohen and his entire team at Roadside Attractions. We are thrilled to have them on board to release the film this winter across the United States."

Gimme Shelter was released January 24th, 2014 and stars Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, Stephanie Szostak, James Earl Jones, Dascha Polanco, Emily Meade, Ann Dowd. The film is directed by Ron Krauss.


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  1. Mr.K

    @metalheadfury Yes it was. We talking about 2 Disney stars that both took the risk on accepting the role that would either give them success or failure. The results were great and allows them to have the guts into taking more mature roles instead of being the same old "Disney Channel Teen Hip" bullsh*t.

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  2. Metalsfury

    @mindless232 Sure but your missing the point

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  3. JonSpidey07

    excited to see this finally
    haven't heard about it in a long while

    Vanessa Hudgens fan 4 life! :)

    11 months agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  4. mindless232

    It's a title. I think you'll get over it.

    11 months agoby @mindless232Flag

  5. Metalsfury

    GIMME AN ORIGINAL TITLE! Geez, it gets confusing these days when we have multiple movies with the same titles. When I think of Gimme Shelter, I think of Scorsese's Rolling Stones doc*mentary film. Another example is that new Frozen Disney film, or that fairly weak ski lift horror movie Frozen. After a while its like come on Hollywood, gimme a new title.

    @mr-k Not sure about this film, maybe but I hope your not talking about Spring Breakers, that film was not a strong role for anyone involved

    11 months agoby @metalheadfuryFlag

  6. JMP

    Way da go Vanessa ill check this out

    11 months agoby @jmpFlag

  7. Mr.K

    Wow, i have to admit that Vanessa is sure taking some strong roles in her career.

    11 months agoby @mr-kFlag