Barrett Foundation, a nonprofit organization seeking to break the cycle of homelessness by providing shelter, housing and supportive services for women and children in Albuquerque since 1985, is proud to announce that it will be the recipient of ticket sales for the premiere screening of the first episode of La Desgraciada, a series of telenovelas produced, directed and co-written (in conjunction with writer Victoria Vega) by Joseph Bovenzi of JJT Productions. The screening, sponsored by the Albuquerque Film Office, will take place on Friday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m., at the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd. SE. Tickets, priced at $10, can be purchased at the door. One hundred percent of proceeds will be given to Barrett Foundation.
Says Bovenzi, “I was homeless for a year and a half when I was a teenager. I got to the point where I was so depressed I didn’t think I could do it anymore. That’s when I was accepted into a group home for troubled kids. That got me off the streets, and eventually I was able to go home and even graduate with my class. But I am not the face of homelessness. There are women and children living in cars throughout Albuquerque. People don’t know about them. These are the people Barrett Foundation helps. That’s why I wanted the proceeds from the premiere of my first telenovela to go to Barrett.”
La Desgraciada revolves around a wealthy entrepreneur and his second wife Lucrecia, a woman of power and prestige who plans to keep the family wealth for herself. The telenovela, which explores issues of cultural diversity in Albuquerque, was shot in Albuquerque and features local actors and crew. JJT Productions, Bovenzi’s production company, provides resources for film, photography, music videos and more. La Desgraciada, however, is Bovenzi’s personal project.
In addition to the screening of La Desgraciada, the August 7 event will include a Q &A with Bovenzi and cast, a preview of locally-made commercials, trailers for a few indie films, and even music videos.
Says Michael Gaylor, executive director of Barrett Foundation, “We are so grateful to know that Joe Bovenzi’s experience of homelessness inspires him to acts of compassion in his daily life. We encourage everyone to attend the premiere and celebrate Joe’s work.”
Barrett Foundation provides temporary shelter and supportive services for women and children through its Barrett House facility. Barrett Foundation also offers a variety of long-term housing options to help guests reestablish independence. In addition to staff, Barrett Foundation is proud to acknowledge the talent, expertise and compassion offered by its many volunteers and board members. Barrett is grateful for donations large and small which it receives regularly from individuals, local companies and local and national agencies. Donations are accepted via its website (at www.barrettfoundation.org) and by contacting Barrett Foundation directly.