New Film Focuses on Foster Children - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

New Film Focuses on Foster Children

By: Jason Rantala


A new movie based on true accounts is looking to draw attention to an overlooked need.

Filmmakers hope the film CAMP will both entertain and inspire.

CAMP is a movie based on the real life stories of children in foster care.

Not only does it hope to highlight a need, but the profits raised from the film will help out in a very real way.

CAMP was written and directed by Jacob Roebuck. It follows investment advisor Ken Matthews, who signs up to be a camp counselor to impress a potential new client.

Little does he know he's getting paired up with 10–year–old Eli, a troubled child who was placed in a foster home after being abused by his father.

The film shows Ken as he struggles between self–serving motives and Eli's need for unconditional love.

The film is based off real-life accounts at Royal Family KIDS Camp, based in Des Moines and around the world.

The weeklong camps are for children in foster care, and provides fun activities and games.

"It's a way to let them be kids and show unconditional love to the kids that they don't usually receive," said Royal Family KIDS Mentoring Director Scott Richardson.

The film looks to help out these camps by sending 40 percent of profits from the film to the camp right here in Iowa.

Those behind the film and camps hope the money and awareness raised will allow for even more foster kids to be helped out in the future.

"People ask what can you do to stop child abuse in this country. This is one way to do it," said Richardson.

CAMP opens Friday, April 26th for one week at Carmike Wynnsong in Johnston with four shows on Saturday and Sunday each.

Royal Family KIDS Camp says more than 400,000 kids are in foster care in the U.S.

The camps served 6,500 of those kids last year.


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