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Foster Boy

USA, English

  • Director: Youssef Delara
  • Writer: Jay Paul Deratany
  • Producer: Jay Paul Deratany; Anne-Marie Mackay; Peter Samuelson; Andrew Sugerman

CGiii Comment

Michael Trainer is a lawyer at the center of a trial in which a for-profit foster care agency puts a known sex offender into the same foster home as his young client Jamal, with catastrophic results. Michael, a successful litigator with a long career of protecting corporate clients has been blinded from recognizing the real damage they can cause. He wants nothing to do with Jamal's case until a judge forces him to accept it. Initially he sees Jamal as a thuggish African- American youth trying to get a piece of corporate profits. But when Jamal refuses to settle the case for any amount of money, Michael begins his representation in earnest. As their work together reveals the horrifying depth of the corrupt and abusive for-profit foster care agency, Michael is transformed from reluctant defender to a fierce warrior in the battle for justice.


Foster Boy Trailer from Peter Samuelson on Vimeo.

Cast & Characters

Shane Paul McGhie as Jamal Randolph
Matthew Modine as Michael Trainer
Michael Hyatt as Shaina Randolph
Michael Beach as Bill Randolph
Lex Scott Davis as Keisha James
Jordan Belfi as Jeff
Julie Benz as Pamela Dupree
Louis Gossett Jr. as Judge George Taylor
Evan Handler as Samuel Collins
Dominic Burgess as Dan Cohen
Amy Brenneman as Kim Trainer
Anand Desai-Barochia as Sanjay
Krystian Alexander Lyttle as Young Jamal
Greg Germann as Simon Davis
Brenda Bakke as Linda Ryan

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