Raelyn's Story

The short doc explores how Raelyn overcame childhood abuse, assault, and arson to finally find housing and peace with her kids in Chicago.

  • Quinn Wilson
    Leonard's Story, Mayra's Story, Mr. Babbo
  • Kelsey Bunner
    Leonard's Story, Mayra's Story,
  • Quinn Wilson
    Leonard's Story, Mayra's Story,
  • Raelyn Pritchett
    Key Cast
  • Mark James
    Director of Photography
  • Cassandra Tyler
  • Charles Nankivel 
    Art Director
  • Calin Johnson
  • Emily Seddon
    Production Coordinator
  • Santiago Rosales
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 48 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa Mini LF 4k Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
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  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Quinn Wilson

Wilson is an Emmy nominated as well as a Festival, Addy, & Telly award winning director. He has worked with everyone from fortune 500 brands to Comedy Central and FOX. His heart is in the do-gooder space as evident in the work of his 501(c)3 non profit production company, What Matters Productions, which has made films around homelessness in Chicago, refugee camps in Greece, opioid addiction and recovery in the heartland, & water access in Burkina Faso. His roots are in comedy, as a stand up/improviser of 8 years and the former Creative Director of the iO Comedy Network. His mission is to use this medium transformatively to heal and to inspire others into action to help make our world a better place.

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Director Statement

Raelyn is strong, kind, warm and joyful mother who has overcome so much in her life. Her positive attitude and grit inspire me daily.

Her story is so crucial for us to hear. We live in the richest country in the history of the world and more than 500,000 of our fellow American's sleep unhoused each night. Raelyn encountered extraordinary challenges in her childhood and that shaped her the woman she is today. She serves as a proud example of what shape homelessness can take, and most importantly, how to overcome it.