Vanessa Hudgens dazzles in sequined spaghetti-strap gown as she attends Gimme Shelter premiere in Paris.

October 26, 2014 • Daily Mail • Rebecca Davison


She stars in gritty movie, Gimme Shelter and Vanessa Hudgens pulled out all the stops as she promoted her latest project on Sunday evening.

The 25-year-old dazzled as she walked down the red carpet at the Parisian premiere, which was held at Le Grand Rex in France. 

She chose to wear a long spaghetti-strap gown which was decorated in metallic sequins throughout the intricate number. 

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Crisis pregnancy center film praised at U.N. screening

September 19, 2014 • Washington TimesMary Rezac


New York City, N.Y. - A film based on the true story of hope offered to a young woman in a crisis pregnancy received positive reviews after its recent screening at the United Nations in New York.

The screening of “Gimme Shelter” was sponsored by the U.N. Women's Guild, whose mission is to help children in need throughout the world. U.N. Ambassadors and their wives were invited to attend the screening.

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Exclusive: Director Ronald Krauss Talks Gimme Shelter

January 28, 2014 • Den of GeekDavid Crow


Ron Krauss has been writing, directing, and producing films since he worked with Jack Lemmon in 1998’s Puppies For Sale. A storyteller who alternates freely between narrative and documentary filmmaking, Krauss has remained very particular on the stories he’s chosen to put out in the world, specifically with messages of awareness. For example, his 2010 film Amexica dealt so acutely with the issue of human trafficking that it screened at the United Nations.

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Hope Springs Eternal: Vanessa Hudgens Shines in Gimme Shelter

January 24, 2014 • Observer • Rex Reed


Grim and unsettling, Gimme Shelter is a social tract about the benefits of getting into the homeless shelter game. It’s a true story about how one disenfranchised teenage girl, tortured and hardened by a hardscrabble life, finally learns to trust long enough to build a future. It’s not for the squeamish, but thanks to a riveting central performance by Vanessa Hudgens and a compassionate screenplay by Ron Krauss, who also directed, this is a far more sobering and substantial exposé of homeless teenage girls on the dangerous edge of society than you might expect.

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Director Ron Krauss and 'Several Sources Shelters' Founder Kathy DiFiore Talk 'Gimme Shelter', Inspiration behind Their Collaboration, and More

January 24, 2014 • Collider • Sheila Roberts


Whether making documentaries or narrative films, Ron Krauss’ focus has always been on reflecting real-life issues with compassion, hope and authenticity.  When his recent project, Amexica, a devastating drama about human trafficking, was screened at the United Nations, Krauss unexpectedly discovered the subject of his next film, Gimme Shelter.  There he was introduced to Kathy DiFiore, a remarkable woman who was being honored at the UN for her work with teenaged mothers.  Formerly homeless, DiFiore managed to put her life back together before founding Several                                                                                                                                                                  Sources Shelters, a network of resources devoted to helping women in need.

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Vanessa Hudgens Learns What It's Like to Have to Ask “Gimme Shelter”

January 24, 2014 • Los Angeles Times • Amy Kaufman


A New Jersey haven for young mothers inspires a feature film about people in need and those who help them. Vanessa Hudgens immersed herself in the lead role of one such mom-to-be.

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The Hollywood Rebels of “Gimme Shelter”

January 23, 2014 • New York Post • L. Brent Bozell III


What happens when a teenager who came into the world as an unplanned teen pregnancy ends up with an unplanned pregnancy of her own? Will she bend to all the “helpful” insistence that she needs to exercise her “right to choose” before she is, as one callous presidential contender put it, “punished with a baby”?

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Interview: Director Ron Krauss, Kathy DiFiore for “Gimme Shelter”

January 22, 2014 • Hollywood Chicago • Patrick McDonald


CHICAGO – The opportunity for a new film to also take up a cause is one of the advantages of the movies as mass art. “Gimme Shelter” is the based-on-truth story of a runaway pregnant teen named Apple (Vanessa Hudgens) who needs the titular sanctuary to give birth. Director Ron Krauss leads an all-star cast, including Ann Dowd (“Compliance”), who portrayed the real-life facilitator of the shelter for single mothers, Kathy DiFiore.

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Roundtable Interview with Rosario Dawson on Gimme Shelter

January 22, 2014 • We Got This Covered • Ben Kenber


Rosario Dawson gives one of her best performances to date as June Bailey in Gimme Shelter. Written and directed by Ronald Krauss, it tells the story of Apple Bailey (played by Vanessa Hudgens), a young girl who runs away from June, her abusive and drug addicted mother, to find her biological father and escape the hellish world she has been growing up in.

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Vanessa Hudgens is unrecognizable as troubled teen in Gimme Shelter

January 22, 2014 • The Village Voice • Amy Nicholson


You can say this for the Disney teen machine: They sure know how to pick 'em.

Vanessa Hudgens was 17 when High School Musical made her famous, the tail end of a generation of Mouseketeers that included her contemporaries Zac Efron, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez, and her elders Justin Timberlake, Hilary Duff, Britney Spears, Keri Russell, Christina Aguilera, Shia LaBeouf, and Ryan Gosling.

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Rosario Dawson on Playing a Crack Addict in “Gimme Shelter”

January 21, 2014 • Metro • Ned Ehrbar


Rosario Dawson isn't afraid to get gritty for the right role, as she proves in "Gimme Shelter" as June, an unrepentant crack addict and mother to pregnant teen Apple (Vanessa Hudgens). Growing up on the Lower East Side as the daughter of a teen mom, the star of "25th Hour," "Death Proof" and "Unstoppable" was uniquely drawn to the material.

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VIP: Vanessa Hudgens Takes “Shelter” in Stripped-Down Role

January 10, 2014 • USA Today • Nancy Mills


I had the freedom to become as ugly as possible," actress says of 'Gimme Shelter' part.

Vanessa Hudgens, 25, went very grunge for her latest movie role as a homeless pregnant teen trying to find somewhere safe to sleep at night in Gimme Shelter, out Jan. 24

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

September 26, 2013 The Hollywood Reporter • Tatiana Siegel


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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“Gimme Shelter” Innocence Lost

August, 15, 2013 • Aced Magazine • John Delia


A very good film that delves into the soul of innocence lost is touching and heartrending.  It’s called Gimme Shelter and tells a true story about a teen thrown on a dark path that comes to a hurtful crossroad in her life.  The drama has all the trappings of being a future candidate for award honors for acting and direction.  Not your average teen angst film, this one has a lot of tough love and unusual courage.

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Vanessa Hudgens, Brendan Fraser to Star In Indie Drama “Gimme Shelter”

April 29, 2011 The Hollywood Reporter • Borys Kit


Ron Krauss is writing and directing the film, which is eyeing an end of May production start.

Vanessa Hudgens is in final negotiations to star in Gimme Shelter, an indie drama that will also star Brendan Fraser. Ron Krauss is writing and directing the pic, which is eyeing an end of May start in Connecticut.

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The United Nations Honors Award Winning Filmmaker Ronald Krauss and His Film AMEXICA; Special Screening to Include Many Distinguished Guests

March 16, 2011 • PRWeb Jonathan Furhman


AMEXICA tells an unforgettable story set in the underworld of human trafficking. Award winning filmmaker Ronald Krauss will be honored with a screening at the United Nations on March 16th sponsored by The United Nations Women’s Guild, The United Nations Staff Recreation Council Friendship Club, the UNSRC Enlightenment Society and The Appignani Bioethics Center.

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Amexica exposes harsh realities of human trafficking through impressive performances

October 14, 2010 • Trashwire • Chris Coffel


Amexica, from writer/director Ron Krauss, was hands down the best short film I screened at the 2010 Arizona Underground Film Festival–and in no way is this a slight to the other films there. Amexica was simply just that good.

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Amexica' Movie Review

September 24, 2010 • Campus Circle Candice Winters


Just because something has been done before does not mean it’s any less powerful or thought provoking. The vampire craze may be a difficult example (seeing as most of that genre has been vastly corrupted by studio films trying to squeeze one last dollar out of the characters), but it is the humanity of the story that keeps us buying tickets. If the good did not prevail in the end, what do we have left?

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Short film ‘Amexica’ addresses human trafficking, gets weekend Oscar qualifying run in LA

September 23, 2010 • Living in Cinema Craig Kennedy


Issue-oriented films are a tricky business. Too often the message comes before the filmmaking and they both end up suffering. Ron Krauss’ short film Amexica, which humanizes the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking, is the rare film that works pretty well on both levels. Nicely shot on 35mm and convincingly performed by Joseph Ferrante and Annalynne McCord, it’s as good as any of last year’s live-action short film Oscar nominees. Amexica still puts issue first and filmmaking second, but it achieves a remarkable balance.

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