Feeling Wanted

Charell, age 6, woke up to find herself alone. She made breakfast, dropped her baby sister off with a neighbor, and walked to school. With a dad incarcerated for murder, a mom on drugs & a childhood in foster care, Charell knew it was time to break the cycle.

  • Yasmin Mistry
    Director & Producer
  • Livia Cheibub
  • Dan Wang
  • Rhett duPont
  • Laura Fong
    Assistant Editor
  • Octavia Vaughn
    Production Assistants
  • Allen Bourne
    Production Assistants
  • Erich Rettermayer
    Sound Mix
  • Jeton Murtishi
    Original Composition
  • Charell Star Charleston
  • Bath Lawton, Canoe Media Services
    Special Thanks
  • James "Rusty" Haner
    Special Thanks
  • Hostelling International New York
    Special Thanks
  • Bat Haus
    Special Thanks
  • Andrew Haner
    Special Thanks
  • John Tissavary
    Colour Correct
  • Frederick Trevino
    Colour Correct
  • April Tarrell Soden
    Appearances by
  • Ky'lin Forde
    Appearances by
  • Joseph Keller
    Appearances by
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 15, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital: RED & EX-1
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Stony Brook Film Festival
    Stony Brook, NY
    July 20, 2015
    World Premiere
  • St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase
    St. Louis, MO
    July 21, 2015
    Midwest Premiere
    Best Cinematography
  • Just Film Award
  • CTLPDX International Film Festival
    Portland, OR
    West Coast Premiere
    Best Documentary, Best Coming Of Age, Honorable Mention Best in Festival
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
    St. Louis, MO
Director Biography

Yasmin Mistry is an Emmy-nominated animator and filmmaker. Her work has been displayed worldwide including recent showings at the White House and United Nations as well as at film festivals such as Cannes, SXSW, Tribeca and Clermont-Ferrand. She is the recipient of the Puffin Foundation’s 2013 film grant, the Brooklyn Arts Council’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 film grants, and a finalist for the Real Ideas Studio Micro-grant. Her first live-action film, “Feeling Wanted” was an official selection of more than 20 film festivals. The film won 12 awards and was nominated for Best Short Film of 2015 by Adoption At The Movies.

When not working as an artist, Yasmin dedicates her time to the foster youth of New York City. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate, she received the 2012 Advocate of The Year Award for her dedication to getting services for foster care children with special needs. Yasmin was inspired to create this film when she realized the voices of the children she worked with were not being heard and their stories never told.

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